DRUMMER CHARLIE ADAMS LAUCHES DVD - LIFE’S JOURNEY THROUGH
MUSIC, FAMILY & AUTISM
Part of proceeds to benefit Autism Society
SEATTLE, WA July 7, 2004--Charlie
Adams, Yanni's drummer for over 20 years, today unveiled his latest
DVD project, "Charlie Adams, Stories and Solos: Life's
Journey Through Music, Family and Autism,” at the
Autism Society of America (ASA) 35th Annual Conference in Seattle.
Mr. Adams will donate part of the proceeds of this DVD to the
ASA, the oldest and largest grassroots organization within the
autism community, to help fund programs that will increase autism
The DVD compiles the story
of Charlie Adams from childhood to the present. You'll see never-before
seen videos, including clips from Charlie and Yanni's rock-n-roll
band, Chameleon. In addition to the incredible drum solos and
other concert footage, Charlie shares his personal story of having
four children -- including two autistic young boys -- and his
family's struggles and hopes for them and for the autism community.
"I hope people will
find this DVD entertaining, but most of all I wish, that by sharing
our story of how autism has affected our lives and the challenges
that come with raising autistic children, it will not only spread
awareness of autism but help others realize that they are not
alone," says Charlie.
Charlie and his wife, Andrea,
will continue to support the ASA by participating in a number
of ASA events, including the kick-off of the ASA's 2004 Annual
Convention, July 7-11, in Seattle and the 2005 ASA Annual Convention
in their home town, Nashville, TN.
"We are grateful
to Charlie and Andrea for their selfless efforts to support the
Autism Society of America and for helping to spread the word about
this complex disorder that affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans
today. Charlie is a true hero, and we will be honoring him at
our “Evening of Champions” event on July 8, 2004,
in Seattle,” ASA President Rob Beck said.
About Charlie Adams
Charlie is one of the world's best and most recognized drummers.
He has been with Yanni for over 20 years and their CD's have gone
platinum and double platinum. "Live at the Acropolis"
sold over 8 million copies and the video set pledge drive records
when played on PBS. Charlie is currently preparing for Yanni's
Ethnicity 2004/2005 tour. For more information about Charlie,
For more than three decades the ASA has been acknowledged as the
leading source of education, information and referral about autism
and has been the leader in advocacy and legislation initiatives.
Today, over 50,000 members and supporters are connected through
a working network of over 200 chapters in nearly every state.
For more information, please visit http://www.autism-society.org.