NEWS & EVENTS
Music Speaks has several exciting events in the planning stages, and on the way soon! Check out these upcoming events, and don't miss your opportunity to be a part of something wonderful!
CAN Country Jam - Myrtle Beach
January 11, 2020 (1;30-8:00pm) - Benefit Concert for the Champion Autism Network at he Boathouse 201 Fantasy Harbor Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Concert will feature several performers including Music Speaks Contributor, Greg Rowles!
Click on the pic for details!
Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour
July 9, 2018, Lexington, KY - A big, big moment for Nathan as he joins Tommy Emmanuel, and several top national, and international, up and coming artist on the national broadcast of Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour. Later that week, Nathan was invited to perform on stage with Tommy Emmanuel in Nashville, TN!
Nathan @ Abbey Road!
May 2018: It's been a busy year so far. We performed at the Little David Music Festival in Moncks Corner, SC, in. April, and all the proceeds went to Music Speaks...promptly forwarded to Autism Speaks, and we just got back from 10 glorious days touring England and Scotland! Here's a video souvenir from London's iconic Abbey Road crossing made famous by The Beatles!
Nathan to Perform @ the 2017 Independent Tone Awards!
We're excited to announce that Nathan has been invited to perform on the red carpet fort the upcoming Independent Tone Awards. The event will be held on Dember 10, 2017, aboard the USS Yorktown in Chrleston Harbor.
To learn more about the event, visit their website at http://independenttoneawards.com
Music Speaks Delivers Again!
We're so grateful to all who continue to buy the CD, and support the cause. As of today, November 2, 2017, 2016, Music Speaks has sent a total of $3,780.00 to Autism Speaks Carolinas Chapter. In addition to this, your continued support has provided for all web hosting fees for the site, and has completely funded the CD production costs. Altogether, that is over $5,000.00 of generous support from you to date.
Our hope is that together we will continue to increase understanding, and raise money for families facing some of the considerable difficulties and hardships that a diagnosis of autism can sometimes bring.
For those who want to contribute, but do not have the means know this: love and understanding are gifts we all can afford to give. We'd like to encourage each of you to open your heart to an autism family, and be a friend to someone with autism. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.
Autumn in Europe 2015
For two weeks in October 2015, the Miller family travelled through six countries in Europe: Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. While there, Nathan took the opportunity to shoot a few music videos in some breath taking locales. You can watch some of these, and view some pics from the trip by clicking here.
Blackwater Ukulele Festival 2015
On Sunday, September 13, 2015, Music Speaks was the beneficiary of the 2015 Blackwater Ukulele Festival held at Cypress Gardens near Charleston, SC.
Shem Creek Music donated a ukulele to raffle for our project, and Nathan "rocked" the garden stage!!! It was a beautiful day at the gardens, and event attendees contributed $230 to our project!
Thanks for all in attendance, and for Jim Ravoira, for all of his hard work promoting the event. We look forward to next Year; hope to see you there!
It's that time again! Time to thank you all for your continuing support for our project.
One cannot put a price on the value of awareness, encouragement and inspiration, but it is very rewarding to be able to send a tangible, and quantifiable, expression of support to a worthy cause in addition to the intangible objectives that we pray for and strive to attain.
At the sending of this last check for $1000, Music Speaks has delivered over $2,700 to Autism Speaks Carolinas Chapter, and we are pressing onward!
Wether you have supported us by buying our CD, donation, or simply just being with us, sharing our story and website with others, you are an investor in what we do and hope to accomplish. With that in mind, it is not our intention to boast of success, but rather, with much gratitude, to report back to you, our shareholders, on what this project is doing and hoping to achieve. Thank you for helping us to serve by simply doing what we love.
On Stage With Doyle Dykes!
August 1, 2015, was a VERY big night for Keith, Nathan and Music Speaks. Keith and Nathan, and friend, Jim Wethington, traveled down to Bloomingdale, GA, right outside of Savannah to meet up with one of their inspirations, guitar great, and Music Speaks contributor, Doyle Dykes. More exciting than that was Doyle's invitation to join him on stage at Randy Wood's Pickin' Parlor in front of a sold out crowd!
Keith and Nathan performed a duet of Sting's classic hit, Fields of Gold, and Nathan followed with a breathtaking performance of his original ukulele piece entitled, Bells of Weil der Stadt. Click here to see Nathan's performance.
After the show, Keith and Nathan met with the guests, and also met special guests, Fred and Dinah Gretsch (seen left) of the legendary Gretsch Guitar Company.
The next day, Doyle Dykes posted comments about his visit with Keith and Nathan, and later the Gretsch Company posted a blog about the evening. In the blog, Keith and Nathan are mentioned and a link is provided to Nathan's solo performance (courtesy of Jim Wethington). The Gretschs have high praise for Nathan as they are quoted in the article as saying he is "quite a skilful ukulele player." Not bad coming from the owners of the company that saw greats such as George Harrison, Chet Atkins, and yes, Doyle Dykes, delighting audiences with the instrument that bears their name. Click here to read the blog.
Definitely a night to remember!
An Eagle Takes Flight!
On May 1, 2015, Nathan Miller received his Eagle Scout Award. The presentation marked the summit of a challenging trail that began 7 years ago in April of 2008.
The ceremony took place at the Stallsville United Methodist Church in Summerville, SC, and was followed by a dinner prepared by Donna Wheeler, Jennifer Easler, and Francis Patrick, all of whom have been faithful supporters of Nathan and the Music Speaks Project.
After the ceremony, Nathan put on a concert for the dinner guests, and was joined by his Dad and other local musicians, Richard Harmon, Fleming Moore, John Scott and Mike Hook.
Nathan's mother, Bobbi Miller, did the honors of pinning the Eagle Medal on his uniform, and he was was also joined by family: his sister Kristin Miller, grandmother Elizabeth Miller, Uncle Jimmy, his Papa, Bill Kaufman and Nita Kaufman, the Catons and lifelong friend, Matt Calvert of Spartanburg.
Nathan's remarks summed it up when he said that more important than the badge was living the life of an Eagle Scout, and that's a life of service to others. Click here for videos of his speech and the prelude video highlighting Nathan's scouting adventures. Click here for Nathan's Eagle announcement in the local news.
Music Speaks Featured by Autism Speaks
Big news!!! Nathan has a blog posted on the national Autism Speaks official website! In it he talks about life with autism, life with his brother, Marcus, who also has autism, and the love of music they share. Nathan also discusses the Music Speaks project, and explains the universal communicative language that is music.
Autism Speaks, is the beneficiary of our project. It is a non-profit 501(c)3 entity, is the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
This Article represents our largest media exposure to date, and we are grateful for the people at AutismSpeaks.org for making this possible. A special thanks to Nathan's sister, Kristin, for putting this all together. It would not have happened without you!
Autism Speaks Presentation
Friday, October 10, 2014 was a very big day for Music Speaks! We made a trip up to the Autism Speaks office in Charlotte, NC and made a very special presentation to Ms Kelli Embler, Director for Autism Speaks, Carolinas' Chapter..
Since the July release of our CD, Where Words Fail, Music Speaks, we've recouped through CD sales all production expenses, and raised another $1000 for Autism Speaks. There are so many folks we want to thank for this milestone achievement. First, let us say THANK YOU to all of the musical contributiors to this CD: Dr. John Knowles, Doyle Dykes, Haley & Jake Johnson, Phil Keaggy, Greg Rowles, Dustin Ashenfelder, Greg Neff, Steve McKoy and Kirby Easler. This is an achievement that belongs to each of you! Thanks also to each of the folks involved in the making of the CD, and finally THANK YOU to each of you that have bought our CD, hosted events featuring our cause, or have encouraged us in some way.
With God's help, and your continued support, we hope this is just the beginning. We've already started accumulating sales for the next check, and we're very grateful for the privilege of serving such a great cause by simply doing what we love.
Nathan presents Kelli Embler with a signed CD and check for $1000
On October 24, 2013, Nathan and Keith sat down with WCIV Channel 4's, Tessa Spencer, on Lowcountry Live! This show is the Charleston area's first locally-produced news magazine show, where viewers can find out what's hot, new and relevant in Lowcountry living. This special episode featured Keith and Nathan Miller, and Kirby Easler, from the Carolina Fingerstyle Guitar Association, and focued on their upcoming Fall Guitar Festval at Myrtle Beach benefitting Music Speaks.