11th Annual Chattanooga Autism Conference
11: 45 Eastern Time - Chattanooga's annual autism conference. Presentation by Tammy Vice and Logan Blade - "A Teacher's Gift"
“The beautiful songs of Tammy Vice, devoted autism parent/advocate and talented singer/songwriter, always induce a tear or two from me. Of this song, above, she writes, Th[is] song was originally written after Morgan had a meltdown. She wanted a Swanson Chicken pot pie in the blue box. They didn't make it anymore, and there was no explaining it to her. It was at a family gathering, and we all fell apart. The point is that she's taught me a whole lot more over the years than I've ever taught her. When my friend did the video, he decided to also include Allison and her graduation, because it broadened the meaning.[...]” - Leisa A. Hammett
“Tammy Vice’s original song “Don’t Give Up On Me” was released as a single last month. The song, about the relationship between her and her daughter, is words spoken from the heart from both a parent and her child. It’s a story of hope and an appeal for understanding for a family with special needs. Tammy Vice’s daughter has Autism. Vice is a singer/songwriter in Nashville, TN.” - Gaynell Payne
“Tammy Vice's latest album strikes impressive balance I’m a few weeks late in getting around to Tammy Vice’s latest album, “More Than Just Getting By,” but it hasn’t lost anything in the wait. It’s been more than a decade since Vice moved from her native Mobile to Nashville, but she’s still remembered by fellow former members of the Mobile Songwriters Association and other friends. On “More Than Just Getting By,” those friends will quickly see that Vice has continued to develop songwriting interests she’s had for years. She walks the line between country and Christian music; sometimes the Gospel message is clear enough that the music is called Christian country; other times it’s more subtle, and simply calling it positive country, as some practitioners do, covers it quite well. What jumps out immediately about this album is its clear, refreshing tone. Released by GodsChild Records, Vice’s label for years, it has a warm, rich sound based on the skillful arrangement of acoustic instruments. Probably the hardest thing about country music is writing about simple touchstones of daily life without becoming corny. Once you’ve committed to writing only positive messages, unrelieved sweetness can also make an album’s worth of songs too syrupy for the listener to swallow at a sitting. On “More Than Just Getting By,” Vice skates around both hazards so gracefully you’d never know they were there. Music meant to be uplifting often glosses over the fact that it’s a hard world. Vice has reached a point in her songwriting where she acknowledges that while having faith can sustain a person, it doesn’t automatically make life easier. The best of these songs are ripe to be picked up by some of Nashville’s big names. Mainstream country would be the better for it. “More Than Just Getting By” is available through www.cdbaby.com. To hear samples, visit www.tammyvice.com. © 2010 al.com. All rights reserved.” - Lawrence Specker