Take12Radio.com August 19, 2009
12 Step Music Fest April 20, 2009
2nd Annual 12 Step Music Fest Dates – NOV 5 – 8, 2009
WIN 2 BACKSTAGE PASSES!!
Tickets purchased through April 30th will be eligible for random drawing
Winner will be announced online May 1st!
The Sober Cafe Podcast April 5, 2009
In 2006, the Sober Cafe Podcast set out to increase support for independent recording artists in recovery whose music is available online at SunlightOfTheSpirit.com. By focusing on music from clean and sober musicians, our show is spreading awareness that great music can be created without the use of drugs or alcohol.
Drawing from the wealth of personal experience of artists in long-term recovery, we then began our “Three Cups of Coffee & the Truth” interviews, focusing on their creative process as well as their experience, strength, and hope in recovery from addiction in all its forms. (Inspiration for the title of our interview series comes from Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame Member Harlan Howard, who often said, “Country music is three chords and the truth.”)
In 2008, SoberCafePodcast.com received an Entertainment Industries Council PRISM Award for Interactive Media. These awards, presented by the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC), in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and FX Network, reflect the entertainment industry’s commitment to the accurate depiction of addiction and health issues in film, television, music, comic books and interactive entertainment. We are truly honored and cherish this award.
Our focus in 2009 is to continue creating our intimate music shows and to increase production of our “Three Cups of Coffee & the Truth” interview series. We’re expanding our interviews to also include authors, actors, and artists!
All of the music you hear in our podcasts is available through Sunlight of the Spirit Music – exclusively selling CDs from artists in recovery, with the largest selection of 12 step and recovery music available anywhere on the planet! If you like what you hear and would like to support artists in recovery, please visit sunlightofthespirit.com.
Thanks for reading this far. You rock! Now, grab a half double decaffeinated half-caf, with a twist of lemon, put your feet up, and enjoy the show.
-Gracie Vandiver, Producer & Host
P.S. If you would like to sponsor an episode, we would love to hear from you. Contact info can be found on our Sponsors page.
Meet Laura C February 19, 2009
Hi, my name is LauraC and I’m an alcoholic/addict. Yes, you can laugh, I am raising my hand and sitting in a circle as we speak. I can laugh now too. I write and record a new genre of music called RECOVERY MUSIC. The CD will be entitled “The Gift of Brokenness”, and will have 12 Songs – each relating to one of the 12 Steps in Recovery. It’s basically, my raw, painful, joyful & hopeful process of recovering from addiction – in musical form. I wrote about everything….from driving drunk in a blackout, (“Pray for Me”), to sitting in an AA meeting and hating everybody and craving a drink, to waking up for the first time sober that I felt a glimmer of hope. I was blessed to record with Producers, Randy Miller (4 time Grammy Winner), and Sandy Stewart (Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac). We tracked the CD in Houston, TX and are mastering in L.A. this Jan 30. I am expecting a release date on CD maby late February. You can see a clip of me on NBC’s The TODAY SHOW w/Meredith Viera on my official website: www.lauracmusic.com, just click on PRESS. I hope you like the tunes. Let’s keep in touch. God is Good.
Sunlight of the Spirit Music November 5, 2008
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.