Wednesday, April 8, 2015

JOHNNY ORR Set For April 11

JOHNNY ORR Set For April 11 Performance On 
FOX & FRIENDS WEEKEND

Entertainer Joins AUTISM VILLAGE Founder Topher Wurts To Spotlight #Tag10forAutism Kickstarter Campaign
Nashville, TN (April 8, 2015) - Rising Country star Johnny Orr is set for a performance on FOX & FRIENDS WEEKEND on April 11 at 6 a.m. Eastern.  Orr joins Topher and Kirby Wurts, members of a family affected by Autism, as they spread the word about the disorder, AUTISM VILLAGE and its #Tag10forAutism Kickstarter Campaign.

Wurts formed AV, a not-for-profit organization, in 2013 to develop the world's first suite of mobile and online tools to help families manage life on the Autism spectrum by connecting them with Autism-friendly businesses, organizations and places.  Orr will perform his song, "We'll Get By (The Autism Song)from his debut EP, DOWN SOUTH.  The emotionally-rendered track continues to fuel a passionate discourse both within and beyond the Autism community, and the video has generated over 450,000 YouTube views for the North Carolina-based entertainer. 

For Orr, the FOX & FRIENDS appearance is a welcome continuation of his commitment to help those affected by Autism.  "I wrote 'We'll Get By' at the request of a friend whose twin sons are autistic," Johnny recalls.  "There are over three million individuals in the American Autism community, and the support network is just not there for them.  It does 'take a village,' and AUTISM VILLAGE is quickly closing the gap on those needs.  I am thrilled to help them launch this challenge," Orr adds.

AV launched their Kickstarter campaign on March 6 in order to fund a Yelp for Autism app. In just 11 days, the campaign surpassed its initial goal of $38,500; the amount needed to launch the app.  They hope the appearance on Fox & Friends will inspire more backers, which will allow them to add Android and tablet versions of the app, and begin a training program for businesses.    


ABOUT Johnny Orr Band
Johnny Orr Band, based in Raleigh, NC, currently performs 150-200 dates a year and has opened for Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Little Big Town, Gretchen Wilson, Tyler Farr, Jason Michael Carroll, Parmalee, Cole Swindell and others.  The band's current single, "You Can't Hide Love," is breaking now on the MusicRow and Billboard Indicator charts.    

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