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!
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.
Introducing Nathan Gabriel
Branding is an important aspect of the music business, and Nathan has decided that it is time to introduce his music to a larger audience. Those who know him well, know that his name is Nathan Gabriel Miller. Nathan has chosen to use his first and middle name as a stage name with the hopes that it will become a unique brand. The introduction is seen to the right in the form of a growingly popular video. The facebook version of this saw views in excess of 26,000 in the first week, so word is getting out! Thank you for your part in supporting Nathan Gabriel. Please feel free to share this video, and his playlist on:
"Hallelujah" on the Ashley - By Nathan Gabriel
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
Blackwater Ukulele Festival 2014
On Saturday, September 13th, 2014, Music Speaks was the beneficiary of the Blackwater Ukulele Festival 2014 to be held at Cypress Gardens in Moncks Corner. The event started at 9:00am and ran all day through 5:00pm. Nathan Miller was a featured performer along with Sarah Summer, the Charleston Hot Shots, the V-Tones and the Hula Sisters. There was be an open mic also, so some great music, and a day full of smiles!
The Charleston Post & Courier did a photo spread on the event, and it was by all measures a big success. Music Speaks would like to thank Jim Ravoira from the Charleston Hotshots, and the kind folks at Cypress Gardens for featuring our music and our cause.
Music Speaks featured on Channel 2 WCBD!
News anchor woman, Octavia Mitchell, from Charleston News 2 came out to our home to film a segment on Channel 2 news! The feature aired on August 1st, and was very well received. It was also picked up and aired by WSPA channel 7 in Spartanburg, SC.
Check out the link and video here!
CD Release Party and Food Drive
On Saturday, August 2nd from Noon until 6:00pm, Music Speaks held a very successful official CD Release drop in! Local artists were on hand to provide music until 3:00, and then we had a special concert featuring contributing artists until 6:00. We cannot thank everyone enough for coming out and sharing your afternoon with us. The place was busy all afternoon with new and happy faces, many of which picked up a CD or 2, and many members of Troop 750 showed up to support the canned food drive for Nathan's Eagle Scout Project. One of the scouts in attendance, Justin McMillan, won the drawing for an autographed CD signed by Doyle Dykes, John Knowles, Phil Keaggy, Haley Johnson and most of the the other artists! We're excited to announce that the sales netted for the day surpassed $700, and went a long way toward paying for the actual production of the CD. We will soon be in the clear to make a profit for Autism Speaks, and we are looking forward to making another trip to Charlotte soon to meet up with them and present a check! Thank you Single Smile Cafe for hosting, and thank you all for your part in a very successful launch!
Check out a few pics here!
NEW MUSIC CD!!!
We're so excited to announce the completion of our new compilation CD entitled, Where Words Fail, Music Speaks! The album recently debuted at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention in Nashville, Tennessee on July 11 with special performances by Nathan Miller and Kirby Easler. We've been so blessed with the contributions of many wonderful artists, and we know you're going to love this collection of music.
Click here for more information about this project.
The Good Turn Food Pantry -
Eagle Scout Project
Nathan has begun his Eagle Scout Project called the Good Turn Food Pantry. He will be using music as a way to fundraise and collect food for the project. The pantry will be benefitting the Stallsville United Methodist Church and the Summerville community at large.
Click here for more information about this project.
North Charleston Arts Festival 2014
On May 5th, 2014, Noon-12:30, Keith and Nathan were featured performers at the North Charleston City Hall as part of the North Charleston Arts Festival. We had a great time, made some new friends, and he event was a big success.
Click here for more information about this event.
Music Speaks @ Flowertown Festival 2014
On April 4th, 2014, Keith and Nathan were joined by compilation CD artist, Greg Neff, at the annual Flowertown Festival in Summerville, SC.
The first weekend in April, Summerville and the Charleston attract visitors from all over the country and many parts of the world for the annual Flowertown Festival and Cooper River Bridge Run. Friday is the kickoff for the festival, and Keith, Nathan and Greg helped to set the tone for a great weekend.
Click here for more information about this annual event.
Fellowship of the Strings
On March 1st, 2014, Nathan & Keith joined Dustin Ashenfelder and Kirby Easler on stage at Georgetown's beautiful Winyah Auditorium. It was a wonderful opportunity to share an evening of music while promoting Music Speak's compilation CD still in development.
Dustin Ashenfelder is a singer-songwriter, and accomplished guitarists. He is known for his soulful and passionate story telling, and his deft chops on the the acoustic guitar.
Kirby Easler is an up and coming fingerstyle guitarist who has gained early respect and friendship from some of the world's most accomplished fingerstyle guitarists. Her style is a cross between Tommy Emmanuel, Hendrix and Billy Joel.
Keith and Nathan are honored to have share company with these very talented musicians, and we're sure it was a night of music not soon forgotten.
Click here for more details and photos from the event.
Nathan Miller & Friends at the Single Smile
On February 27th, 2014, Nathan put on, with a little help from his friends, the 1st ever Nathan Miller & Friends concert! Nathan was joined by his Dad, and several amazing local musician friends for a great show. The "tip jar" proceeds were very generous indeed, and will go toward the Music Speaks Compilation CD to help cover some of the expenses for mastering and production of this wonderful effort still in the works. The Single Smile is a pretty special place, and this was certainly a pretty special night. A sincere thanks to all who came out to support, and a special thanks to our friends, Kirby, Greg, Don and Kevin, who joined us on stage! Check out the Single Smile's webpage here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Single-Smile-Cafe/214675938564819
On December 20th, 2013, Nathan and Keith had the pleasure of being the opening act for the Knoxville-based alternative singer-songwriter, Erick Baker (photo right). Erick's trademark is the heartbeat that drives his passion filled performances. He was joined by the multi-talented Will Carter on dobro, uke, trumpet, guitar, mandolin and keyboard (photo left). Erick had high praise for his opening act, and Will who has played with the likes of Jackson Browne took to Nathan immediately after hearing him play "Music Box" on his ukelele. It was yet another fun and successful night for promoting autism awareness, the joy of music and the making of new friends. Special thanks to Jim Wethington for sponsoring the concert, and arranging the opportunity.
Community Service Continues
On December 15th, 2013, Nathan and Keith Miller were blessed to present a Christmas Program at the Palmetto House Womens' Shelter in Summerville, SC. They talked about Music Speaks, autism, and most importantly, the Reason for the Season, the Lord Jesus! Nathan performed Bach's "Jesu," and "Air" on guitar, and delighted the audience with a lovely rendition of Jake Shimabukuro's "Music Box" on the ukelele. Every season is a season for encouraging others and sharing hope, but there's just something a little extra special about Christmas.
Music Speaks Delivers!
On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, Music Speaks visited the Carolina offices for Autism Speaks in Charlotte, NC. Nathan met with the Senior Coordinator, Lauren Kidder, and presented her with a check for $780.00 raised by the Carolina Fingerstyle Guitar Association during their Fall Festival in Myrtle Beach on November 1st through the 3rd. Ms. Kidder was briefed by Nathan and Keith Miller on the Fall Festival, and was informed on the progress of the compilation CD in the works!
It is exciting to see the fruits of planning, goodwill of supporters, and hard work of volunteers already yielding very real results. We would like to, once again, thank the CFGA and all the tireless efforts of its supporters and contributors. Together we can make music speak for those in need.
CFGA Fall Guitar Festival
The event held this past November 1st through the 3rd was by every measure a big success! The CFGA was able to raise enough money to cover all of the hosting costs, and managed to net over $750, to date, for Autism Speaks. Nathan will be presenting a check to Autism Speaks as soon as all of the accounting is complete. A huge thanks to everyone involved! Click here for pics and more info about the event!
And the Winner is:
Congratulations Mr. Tommy Patrick of Summerville, SC!!! CFGA Artist, and Georgetown favorite, Dustin Ashenfelder, from the Georgetown Winyah Auditorium very generously donated this signed classical guitar for a special drawing held Saturday, November 2nd, at the CFGA Fall Guitar Festival! Click here to read more about our winner!
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.