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52 Blue Mondays Available Now on Amazon!

 A portion of all proceeds go to benefit Autism Tennessee


Recent Reviews -

52 Blue Mondays shows a glimpse of life with Morgan, a young adult with autism, and her unique view on life. Morgan says what many of us are thinking without fear of judgment! We can all learn from her honesty, humor, and passion about life! This book is charming, engaging, and real!

Dr. Misty Vetter Parsley, Director of Special Education Programs, Assistant Professor of Education, Lipscomb University


“To me there is nothing blue about 52 Blue Mondays!  Each page brought a smile to my face as Morgan and Tammy gave us a first-hand glimpse in to the world of autism and the wonderful blessing that a child with autism can be to a loving family.  In 52 Blue Mondays, I not only hear the beautiful sound of the voice of autism, but I also see the dedication and love that a mom and dad devote to their child.”

Jerry Salley  - Songwriter - Singer, Referred to by Billboard Magazine as "One of Music Row's greatest veteran tunesmiths" ,  "2003 SESAC Country Music Songwriter of the Year" with over 400 songs recorded in his multi-award winning career.

Communication is so much more than words.  Everyone has something to say.  Everyone! 

Article in today's Tennessean

Thank you for the great review of 52 Blue Mondays

Readers's Favorite Book Review

52 Blue Mondays Now available on Amazon Kindle

Morgan and I have co-authored an eBook, which will be available very soon.  Stay tuned here for updates!  We LOVE BookBaby!!!

Logan Blade's latest project, Unspoken, is now available on CD Baby.  Click here to check out Logan, his story, and his music.

Our friends at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center have developed a practical guide for Faith Communities who want to be more inclusive:  Welcoming Individuals With Developmental Disabilities and Their Families



Thank you Vanderbilt Kennedy Center!

To get the latest news and schedule, please click below.  Thanks for visiting!


In the Round
Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013 6:00 PM
$7 Food and Beverage Minimum ***Parties of 6 or more will be charged an automatic 20% gratuity.
6:00 In The Round with Tammy Vice, Tony Ray Jones, John Swaim and Stephen Lee Veal, no cover – An Autism Awareness Show; Early shows at the Bluebird usually feature the best up and coming songwriters. They may not have a lot of hits yet, but you will see a great show.
There are 20 tables available for reservation. Bar and Pew Seats for these shows are not reserved in advance. These seats are available on a first come/ first served basis.
There is a $7.00 food and or drink minimum at the bar seats, and you must be 21 or older to sit in these seats. There is no minimum and no age limit for the pew seats. We have 11 seats at the bar, and 15 in the pews.

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In the Round
Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013 9:00 PM
$7 Food and Beverage Minimum ***Parties of 6 or more will be charged an automatic 20% gratuity.
9:00 In The Round with Wood Newton, Jerry Salley, Jimmy Fortune and Les Kerr, $10.00 – A Benefit for Autism Awareness
Songwriters unite for a great cause! These writers have come together tonight to raise both raise autism awareness and to play you some of their (oftentimes hit) songs: Riding With Private Malone, Bobbie Sue, What I Didn’t Do, I’m Gonna Take That Mountain, I Fell In The Water That You Walked On, His Strength Is Perfect, Elizabeth, Too Much On My Heart, My Only Love, More Than A Name On A Wall, New Orleans In The Spring, Below The Level Of The Sea, Voice Mail and more!

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Pieces of Hope is being released to select radio stations this month.  Autism affects 1 in 88 individuals who have so much to offer.  When communities give the needed support and opportunity, everyone wins.  To listen to the song CLICK HERE.


Our latest single from GodsChild Records;"Coffee Baptism" was recently released to radio stations.  Hope you enjoy!


On October 12th "Miracles Happen" went to number 7 on CMW charts.  Thanks to the stations for playing us!

This week's CMW Charts (9/08/10) has "Grandma Edmond's Daily Bread" at #6, and "How God Measures a Man" at #9.  Thanks DJs for getting the music out there, and all those who listen!!

The next single will be coming out soon on GodsChild Records;            "Don't Give Up On Me"  Watch for updates!

How God Measures a Man is #10 in Christian Music Weekly charts  as of 5/12.  Thanks to the DJs for playing us!

The Breaking the Chains Event raised $1040.00 this year.  It has raised over $11,000.00 since it began back in 2001.  Our family is so thankful to ASMT for all it has done for us and the community.  It's just our way of saying thanks, and we appreciate those who always come out to support us.

You're the Best!!

Join us for the Pieces of Hope Benefit on Friday April 30th.  Julie Roberts will be performing her music, and will join me in singing Pieces of Hope. 

The new CD project “More Than Just Getting By” is coming out this month.  It will be available on CD Baby soon.  The new single "How God Measure a Man" is being released to radio this week on GodsChild Records. We’ll also have CDs available at the Bluebird Café Autism Awareness event on April 6th.  A portion of the proceeds go to support ASMT

 Thoughts and Thanks

I guess you could say this collage of songs is a family portrait, painted with words and music.  It’s who and what I believe in, how I get through the hard days, and where I find my joy.  I hope as you listen, you’ll hear things we have in common and be able to paint a portrait of your own.

My thanks to everyone who had a part in creating this project.  To the writers, musicians, and vocalists; you picked & mixed the paint.  To the producer and engineers; you guided the strokes on the canvas.  To the REAL artists from Rachel Motta’s Art Class at The King’s Daughters’ School, the photographer, and the graphic designer; you helped us see the music, gave it a beautiful frame, and hung it on the wall.  Kenneth Johnson, a special thanks to you for your pencil portrait. It was an honor to work with all of you.

To God, my family, and friends, whose love continues to bless me, I leave you this quote:

“So much has been given to me.  I don’t have time to ponder what I’ve been denied.”  Helen Keller

Last month I asked for your help to create the cover for my upcoming CD,

More Than Just Getting By”.  We received some beautiful paintings from Ms. Rachel Motta’s art class at The King’s Daughters’ School down in Columbia, Tennessee.  It was impossible to choose.  So it was decided that we would create a collage from their paintings.  I loved that Rachel used the lyrics to teach the children about real and symbolic meanings of words. 

Check out her blog, Wednesday January 27th entry, to see what the class did.  A special thanks to Kenneth, who drew the pencil portrait.  Our graphic designer, Paul Reissner, is working feverishly now to create the collage.  I can’t wait to see the final product.

We're looking at lots of great pictures here for the Cover Art.  You've done some beautiful work.  Now decisions have to be made.  I'll let you know the verdict soon.  Thank you all again.  We couldn't do it without you!  This will be the icing on the cake. ;-)

I have a new project coming out early in 2010, and I need your help with the Cover Art.

We are holding a contest for artists with disAbilities.  All proceeds will go to support ASMT, a Middle Tennessee autism support organization.  The entry fee is $10.  Preferred media is canvas, but all entries will be accepted.  The winner will receive $100 and have their work displayed on the cover of my upcoming CD, "More Than Just Getting By".  The title song is now available for listening on the music page to give you a little inspiration.

Click here for a flyer for the contest: Cover Art Flyer

How to Enter: Please click here to download an official entry form:   Cover Art Application

When: Deadline for entries is January 18, 2010.  Judging will be done by an independent panel, and the winner will be announced around February 1, 2010. 


Coming Nov.: *From Heartache to Hope: Middle Tennessee Families Living with Autism

* 18 families' moving stories and stunning black-and-white art-portraiture

 In time for the holidays, gift yourself, your family and loved ones with a keepsake Autism Awareness piece.  This art documentary coffee table-style hardback book showcases stunning black-and-white art portraiture by photographer Rebekah Pope and moving stories by autism writer mom Leisa A. Hammett.  Feel the heartache and the hope of 18 Middle Tennessee families living with autism.    

Our family is proud to be a part of this wonderful project.  All proceeds go to ASMT, a Middle Tennessee autism support organization.

The Latest GodsChild Records release includes cuts by:

Melanie Walker - "What The King Didn't Know" Kelli Deanne - "Small Things" Surry County Ramblers - "Mom's Treasure Chest" co-written with Winston Burkett

Many thanks and good wishes to the artists for the cuts.  To get a listen to all the songs on the new release, visit:

Visit the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Website.  They are a great resource for families with disabilities.  There is a little tribute from me to Morgan on news and events right now.

2009 Contemporary Christian Crown Jewel Awards Nominee.  Thanks to all the folks at USAGEM for your nomination.

We recently taped a show with Melanie walker which is scheduled to air soon on the TCT Network. For times and dates go to You can also catch to show "on demand" and click on "Come On In".

Our Latest release on GodsChild Records, Grandma Edmond's Daily Bread, went to number one on CMW Charts!  Thanks to all the DJs for playing the song, and everyone for listening.  To hear the song, visit 

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