A little boy’s question leads to a meaningful song and a benefit for autism programming

Springer Mountain Farms presents An Acoustic Evening for Autism poster

“An Acoustic Evening for Autism,” benefiting the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (VKC TRIAD), will take place on Tuesday, Apr. 23, at 7 p.m. at The Troubadour Nashville, located at 2416 Music Valley Drive, Nashville.

The benefit will serve as a launch for the song “How Many Days,” written and performed by singer/songwriter Doug Mathis. With a string of number-one hit songs, Mathis wrote this new song based on a question asked by the son of a friend, who has autism.

“A friend of mine has a little boy who is autistic, and he is always asking his mother, how many days until my birthday, how many days until Christmas, how many days until this or that happens. He loves numbers,” said Mathis. “One evening when she was putting him to bed he asked her, how many days until I go to Heaven? They obviously had a very interesting conversation about that and then, thankfully, she posted about it on Facebook. When I saw it, I knew I had to write a song.”

Mathis’ team reached out to VKC TRIAD with the idea to launch the song at a benefit honoring his friend’s son and raising funds for autism research, training, and services.

“An Acoustic Evening for Autism” is sponsored by Gus Arrendale and Springer Mountain Farms and will be hosted by Devon O’Day. Performers will include T. Graham Brown, John Berry, Wade Hayes, Jimmy Fortune, Jesse Keith Whitley, Doug Mathis, Dillon Massengale, Steve Anthony, Darryl Worley, and other special guests.

tickets with arrows pointing to QR codeTickets are $35 and may be purchased here: https://give.vanderbilthealth.org/event/an-acoustic-evening-for-autism/e572475

The Troubadour Nashville
2416 Music Valley Drive
Nashville, TN 37214

7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)

VKC TRIAD is dedicated to improving assessment and treatment services for autistic individuals and their families, advancing cutting-edge discovery and research, and enhancing training opportunities for educators, professionals, and community organizations across the state. Learn more about VKC TRIAD here.

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