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Martin County singer inspired by sister with autism

By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg Email

WARFIELD, Ky. (WYMT) - An Eastern Kentucky singer's debut album features a song about her sister's battle with autism.

Chelsea Stepp, 20, of Warfield, said she wrote the song "Beautiful Blessing" about her younger sister, Cammi.

"It kind of takes you through how I feel Cammi would feel going through life with something like autism," Stepp said. "I just wanted kids who hear it who have something like autism or on the autism spectrum, or a mom or dad who has a child with autism, to be able to say, 'That's how I feel.'"

Stepp tried out for American Idol and the Country Music Highway Road to fame before breaking through with her first album, "Paper Airplane," which she released Sept. 1.

"Singing is always something I wanted to do in life," Stepp said. "Even if I'm not the next Carrie Underwood or Colbie Callait, that's okay with me. As long as I can just be able to do what I love and let people hear what comes from me, my songs."

Stepp raised money to record her album by driving around her native Martin County selling ice cream.

"I got my dad's old work van and it was kind of just sitting there," she said. "He wasn't using it much so I asked him if I could put a freezer in it and he said, 'Yea, that's fine, do whatever you want with it.'"

"So I got some magnets and put them on the side and my sister helped me a little bit, too. And we went around in the county and sold ice cream to people."

Stepp's father, Ervin Stepp, played basketball at Phelps High School and was named Kentucky Mr. Basketball in 1980.

Her album is available for download on Amazon and iTunes. You can also visit her Facebook page to request a hard copy of the album: www.facebook.com/ChelseaSteppMusic

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