Genres: 12 Step / Recovery
Some Nice Things People Have Said
Gracie’s music has helped our patients connect emotionally and spiritually. It is also helpful in exploring the struggles, joys and victories of living in recovery.
-Patrick Haggerson, M.A., CADC-II
Betty Ford Center
. . . Fabulous! Your songs are an inspiration!
-Rick and JoAnn Woods
About Gracie Vandiver
Gracie Vandiver is the founder of SunlightOfTheSpirit.com.
She is the producer and host of the popular Sober Cafe Podcast, interviewing artists in recovery about their journey along with sharing their music. The Sober Café Podcast received a 2008 PRISM Award for interactive media presented by the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
As a songwriter, she gathered up some of her award-winning songwriting friends last year and produced, Trail of Light – Fifteen Songs Exploring the Journey From Alcoholism and Addiction to a New Life In Recovery.
Trail of Light was also honored with a 2008 PRISM Award for best exemplifying accurate depiction of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction in a music recording. The compilation CD is being used by the Betty Ford Center, as well as other treatment centers for breaking through invisible barriers and paving the way for talking about things that most people only think about.
Gracie is also a proud recipient of a 2008 Posi Award, presented to her by Empower Music and Arts. She received the positive/new thought music award in the personal transformation category for her song, When I Get Outta Bed.
Gracie performs “music for your spiritual toolkit” at conferences and concerts around the country. She continues to pass along the gifts she has received during her sixteen-years of recovery by sharing some of the spiritual truths she has learned and by performing songs about her journey.
This past summer, Gracie had the joy of co-producing a spoken word and music CD with David Rivers and philosopher Noah benShea. Getting Better – Don’t Let The Past Kidnap Your Future includes four songs by Gracie and co-writers Sonia Lee, Kathy Ashworth, and David Rivers. The other four tracks are beautifully written and narrated by Noah, with instrumental versions of their music supporting his insightful messages.
She is also co-author of the music business book, Your First Cut, a Step-by-Step Guide to Getting There, co-written with her husband, hit songwriter Jerry Vandiver.
Gracie lives in Nashville with her husband Jerry, their two dogs, two cats, and her fabulous stash of yarn.