November 5-9, 2023 - Joey will be a Keynote Speaker at the 24th conference of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) in Milan, Italy.

His topic will be "Seeing the light through music, a blind man's journey of discovery through audio and how to navigate making music that speaks to the world in the age of the Screen Driven universe."

This presentation will encompass:

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility issues and best practices for a truly vibrant and equitable community in the audio industry and music business.
  • Getting back to fundamentals, critical listening in the age of the "Screen Driven Universe".
  • Important elements of music making and the recording sciences.
  • How to live a successful life of intention despite obstacles.
Joey Stuckey Releases "You Know My Name" (Melody Maker Magazine)
Joey Stuckey, Medusa Discuss Importance Of LGBT History Month & National Disability Employment Awareness Month (
Joey Stuckey Explores the Audio Universe with Mojave MA-37 (Mojave e-News Article)
Accessibility for All! By Joey Stuckey (Audio Engineering Society Article)
How The Music Tech Industry Is Adapting To Better Accommodate Musicians With Accessibility Issues
Jingle Bells (Waxing Nostalgic Blog Article)
You Know My Name (Waxing Nostalgic Blog Article)
Joey Stuckey Interview (Uplifting Voices Interview)
Exclusive Interview With Joey Stuckey (MusicExistence Interview)
Joey Didn't Choose Music, Music Chose Him!!! (Tasty New Music Interview)
Joey Stuckey Sums Up Music In Three Words: Language Of Angels!!! (Your Best Life Nashville Interview)
Joey Stuckey Describes His Life As Art! (Hot Sounds In The City Interview)
Interview: Joey Stuckey Inspires The World To Dream Bigger (Music Trails Interview)
If Joey Stuckey was not a musician, he would be.... (Love In The Lyrics Interview)
Interview with Joey Stuckey (Too Much Love Magazine Interview)
Interview with Guitar Virtuoso Joey Stuckey (Daily Pop News Interview)
Exclusive Interview with Guitar Legend Joey Stuckey (IndiePulse Music Interview)
Exclusive Interview with Joey Stuckey (Independent Music And Arts, Inc. Interview)
Interview with Guitar Legend Joey Stuckey (The Hollywood Digest Interview)
Interview with Joey Stuckey (Indie Shark Interview, 10/20)
Joey Stuckey: "You Know My Name" (Rattler Magazine Interview)
Blind, But Not Beaten (#MyBlindStory Interview)
Overcoming Obstacles With Creativity, Drive, And Talent (Disc Makers Blog Interview)
American Composers And Musicians From A to Z: S (Part 2 – Stuckey, Joey) (By The Library Of Congress)
Interview with Joey Stuckey (Indie Shark Interview, 8/20)
Recording Artist Joey Stuckey stops by #ConversationsLIVE (Cyrus Webb Interview)
The Monday Morning Blues Podcast (Christian Hansen Interview)
Eyes On Success: A Musical Career in the Shadow of Sound Podcast (Downloadable MP3)
Interview with Joey Stuckey (Pangea Interview)
IBG Interview – Catching Up With Joey Stuckey (Indie Band Guru Interview)
Joey Stucky: The Legendary Blues Guitarist, Composer, Producer (MusicSinFronteras Interview)
Boy, Can He Play Guitar! A Chat With Joey Stuckey, A Musician, A Producer And A Bit Of A Bionic Man! (Blind Abilities Interview)
Interview: Joey Stuckey (Indie Mindy Interview)
Interview: Joey Stuckey (RazorFish Interview)
Interview: Joey Stuckey (Carlito's Music Blog Interview)
Joey Stuckey Interview (Indie Music Review Interview)
Interview with Joey Stuckey (Band Blurb Interview)
NHTE 310 Joey Stuckey (Now Hear This Interview)
Interview with Joey Stuckey (Indie Music Reviews)
At Number 14. Joey Stuckey Trio - "A Santa That Plays Guitar" ( Indie Chart)
Joey Stuckey Interview (NeuFutur Magazine Interview)
A sit-down with Joey Stuckey ( Interview)
Interview with Joey Stuckey (Famous And Made Interview)
Joey Stuckey Is Pure Inspiration And A Brand New Holiday EP! (Official FAME Magazine Interview)
Joey Stuckey Trio - "In The Shadow Of The Sun" (Music Street Journal Review)
Holiday Artist Spotlight – Joey Stuckey (Music Promotion, Inc. Interview)
An inspiration and a true musician, the powerful music and voice of Joey Stuckey (Entertainment Eyes Interview)
Interview with Joey Stuckey (Celebrity Zones Interview)
Why Today's Working Musician Needs Merch (Merchly, Powered by Disc Makers Interview)
Interview with the inspirational Joey Stuckey (Daily Dose Report Interview)
Joey Stuckey Is The Blind Artist With An Insightful Vision (Buzz Music Interview)
Overcome Your Limits: Guitarist Joey Stuckey (OLY Radio Show Interview)
A Santa That Plays Guitar by Joey Stuckey (Oasis Entertainment Review)
11/10/19 New Music Monday Release Radar with Jacqueline Jax (AVA Live Radio)
Joey Stuckey - Singer Songwriter And Surviver (American Pride Magazine Interview)
Interview: Joey Stuckey (The Hollywood Digest Interview)
Behind The Music with Joey Stuckey on "A Santa That Plays Guitar" (A.V.A. Live Radio)
Joey Stuckey - Wednesday November 6th at 10:30PM EST / 7:30PM PST (American Council of the Blind Radio)
Interview: Joe Stuckey (Daily Pop News Interview)
Overcome Your Limits Radio Show: Guitarist Joey Stuckey (Radio Interview)
The Importance Of Merch For Today’s Working Musician (Joey's article on Discmakers Blog)
@skopemag Q&A Featuring Joey Stuckey (@skopemag Interview)
Interview: Joey Stuckey (Vents Magazine Interview)
AA Interview: Joey Stuckey (Alternative Addiction Interview)
Customer Spotlight: Joey Stuckey (Sweetwater inSync Interview)
Interview: Joey Stuckey (The Indie Source Interview)
Interview with Joey Stuckey (The Littlest Voice Magazine Interview)
Joey Stuckey Talks Surviving A Brain Tumor & Recording At The Legendary Sun Studio (The BE A FORCE Podcast Interview)
Joey Stuckey Interview (IndiePulse Music Interview)
Exclusive Interview with Joey Stuckey (Gashouse Radio Interview)
Blind Artist With Insightful Vision (Buzz Music Interview)
Exclusive Interview with Joey Stuckey (Too Much Love Interview)
Exclusive Interview with Joey Stuckey (MobAngeles Interview)
Exclusive Interview with Joey Stuckey (Independent Music & Arts, Inc. Interview)
Netflix set to film "Hillbilly Elegy" in Macon in mid-July, 2019. The Ron Howard film will shoot some interiors in Joey Stuckey's studio office (turning it into a "Radio Shack" - see video below).
IndieShark Interviews Joey Stuckey (IndieShark)
The Joey Stuckey Trio is the June 2019 INDIE ARTIST SPOTLIGHT on The Music Room (Johnny Reed)
Joey Stuckey, The Man and The Mission - Producer, Musician and Inspirational Speaker On The Move (B Squared Magazine Interview)
Exposed Vocals just interviewed motivational speaker and musician Joey Stuckey (Exposed Vocals Interview)
Interview With Music Star Joey JOEY STUCKEY ( Interview)
Joey Stuckey Trio / In The Shadow Of The Sun – CD-Review (RockTimes Review)
An Interview With JOEY STUCKEY (BlogBeats Interview)
Joey Stuckey Trio - In the Shadow of the Sun (The Final on Vinyl Review)
Interview With Music Star Joey JOEY STUCKEY (GT News Interview)
Album View: Joey Stuckey's Exciting New Album "In the Shadow of the Sun" (RockExpert Review)
An Exclusive Interview With Artist JOEY STUCKEY (Solala Interview)
Interview with Joey Stuckey – In the Shadow of the Sun (MTM Interview)
Interview with Joey Stuckey (RealMusicHype Interview)
CD Review - "The Shadow of the Sun" by Joey Stuckey (Not So Modern Drummer Review)
Joey Stuckey interview (The Bandcamp Diaries Article)
Joey Stuckey Trio - "Stuckey Overcomes Adversity In Music Career" (The Colonnade Interview)
Joey Stuckey Trio - "In The Shadow Of The Sun" (Let It Rock Review)
Joey Stuckey Trio - "In The Shadow Of The Sun" (JP's Music Blog Review)
Joey Stuckey Album Release Party (Mercer Cluster)
Joey Stuckey Trio - "In The Shadow Of The Sun" (Exclusive Magazine Review)
Joey Stuckey Trio - "In The Shadow Of The Sun" (Midwest Record Review)
Joey Stuckey Trio - 'Ain't It Good To Be In Love' (Please Pass The Indie Review)
"You're So Wrong" by The Joey Stuckey Trio (Indie Spoonful Review)
Joey Stuckey's "In The Shadow Of The Sun" Album Press Release (Feb. 2019)
"In The Shadow Of The Sun" by The Joey Stuckey Trio (Oasis Entertainment Review)
"Ain't It Good To Be In Love"?—Yes, it is!! From the Joey Stuckey Trio (The Indie Music Reporter Review)
Joey Stuckey Alive Day 2018" on
American Pride Magazine - "Joey Stuckey Alive Day Festival September 29"
 A "don't miss" during the holidays! December 29, 2017 LIVE ON FACEBOOK!
Click the image below for more info and to mark yourself as attending.

Joey Stuckey Trio LIVE on Facebook on 12-29-17

Press Release for New Single - Ain't It Good To Be In Love


Flying Blind: The Unusual Story of Shadow Sound Studio - June 12th, 2017 by David Weiss


GaRRS Newsletter May 2017 article


MTM Interview


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AJC Braves Article - April 18, 2017

Music, Food and Drink--Oh My!

Okay, this is for those of you looking for something fabulous to do in our hometown over the next few weeks. Two outstanding and world class bands/artists are holding their debut release concerts in Macon and it is going to be amazing!
These are must attend events if you love good music.
First, long time middle Georgia favorites The Vineyard Band are releasing their first official recording called “Cheap Motel Rooms”.
This is real country folks--the kind that focuses on honest and real story telling. The recording is deceptively simple but extremely compelling, much like the last few albums made by Johnny Cash.
I want to take a moment like a proud father to say that Amber of The Vineyard has always been a great singer, but I have had the privilege  over the last six months of hearing her really grow into her voice as her vocal coach and I am so excited for you to hear her now more than ever.
The Vineyard Band album release show will be at Grant's Lounge on March 11th at 8:30pm.  There will be albums, T-shirts, coozies and stickers for sale.  They will be performing the songs from the album in order plus other Vineyard Band music.  The art of Thomas Sanders will be on display and prints of his work will be for sale.
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Macon Blind Guitar Legend Joey Stuckey Working On New Blues Album Feat. Huge Names!

For Immediate Release

Macon Blind Guitar Legend Joey Stuckey Working On New Blues Album Feat. Chuck Leavelle, Jimmy Hall and Renowned Producer Ross Hogarth

Macon, GA - Joey Stuckey is a blind guitarist, producer, educator, recording artist and media personality.
Born in Green Cove Springs FL, a city that has honored him with the key to the city and now residing in Macon GA, for whom he is the official music ambassador, Joey Stuckey is a power house of music talent. He has worked with icons from Alan Parsons to Ted Nugent and Joe Solo, producer of Macy Gray to Sammy Nestico, arranger of the Count Basie orchestra.
Last year saw him take on the UK where he toured and released his latest single “Blind Man Drivin'”.
The song and it's accompanying video was a runaway hit and became the official theme song for the Visually Impaired Musicians Lives Conference, held at the University College of London where Stuckey was also a keynote speaker and performer.
While in the UK, Joey also became friends with research teams from Queen Mary University of London and Goldsmith's University and has worked with them extensively to improve music technology for the blind. As a blind person, a studio owner, producer and professor of music technology at Mercer University, this was a roll Stuckey took on with ease.
2016 is already shaping up to be a land mark year as Joey prepares to release the full length album “Blind Man Drivin'” in early summer.
Says Stuckey, “Music is the thing that makes me know I am a live. It is my spiritual bread and butter and the best way I know to encourage and provide comfort and inspiration to others, while at the same time entertaining and sharing stories about who I am. When I first started making my own music it was a combination of southern rock sensibilities mixed with bands like The Smiths and The Cure, I used to think of myself as the Morrissey of Macon. I have played a lot of jazz and my jazz album 'Mixture' was number 9 on the top 40 CMJ jazz charts for 5 weeks back in 2013, but, the thing that really seems to enthrall my audiences is blues and that is now what I am focused upon.”
And no wonder that blues is what Stuckey fans want to hear! With his versatile voice that can whisper or shout with equal alacrity and his guitar playing that can make one note cry or explode like a super nova with seemingly a thousand notes a second, blues is Stuckey's true calling.
To make this debut blues project truly memorable, Stuckey is working hard to gather old and new friends alike to add some truly one-of-a-kind performances.
These artists include:

  • Ross Hogarth – Producer (John Melloncamp, Van Halen R.E.M.)
  • Chuck Leavelle – Keyboards (Rolling Stones, Alman Brothers, Black Crows)
  • Jimmy Hall – Sax and harmonica (Wet Willie, Jeff Beck, Hank Williams Jr.)
  • Shannon Forest – Drums (Toto, Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts)
  • Additional drums by Brandon Khoo, Maypex endorsed artist
  • Charley Hoskyns – Bass guitar (Shayne McGowan, The Popes and Pete Maher)

For more information:
Check out Joey's Radio Show at
Get a free copy of the “Blind Man Driving” single at
Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Joey Stuckey

Recording Connection mentor Joey Stuckey Champions New Audio Engineering Technologies for the Blind!

Recording Connection mentor Joey Stuckey of Macon, Georgia, is an in-demand audio engineer, composer, producer and award winning guitarist who was inducted into the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame in 2012. He’s also been blind since early childhood. Earlier this year Joey had privilege of speaking and performing at the first ever Visually-Impaired Musicians’ Lives Conference (VIML) at the University of London. The conference was attended by researchers, educators, and visually-impaired musicians from around the world. Well that was the beginning of something momentous. Just a year ago, Joey was talking about the need for better, accessible interfaces for DAWs that enable the blind to do everything a sighted engineer can do. Now, Joey is at the forefront of making that change a reality! He’s connected with researchers from Goldsmith’s University and St. Mary’s University and is helping beta test the technologies that will even the playing field for all. MORE >>

DON'T MISS The Joey Stuckey Jazz Quartet in Thomaston this Saturday

Joey Stuckey's Jazz Quartet will be performing at the Thomaston Arts Council on October 10, 2015 from 6 - 8p.m.
Location: 118 S Church St #A,
Thomaston, GA 30286

Celebrate Joey's 'ALIVE' Day - September 29!

Celebrate Joey's 'ALIVE' Day with the hastag: #AliveDayJoeyStuckey!
Check out his blog here

Macon Music Documentary

Macon Music Concert - TOMORROW Come on Out!

Macon Music Poster 

Joey Wins Award!

Joey has won the Recording Artist of the Year Award from the Atlanta Society of Entertainers!

Joey Stuckey

BLIND Man Drivin' - GET IT!

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Blind Man Drivin'

Macon Music Concert September 12

September 12, 2015

7 - 10pm

Library Ballroom

652 Mulberry Street

Macon, GA 31201 

Macon Music - Lisa Danielle

Macon Music - Dean Brown

Joey Stuckey Jazz Band To Perform in Thomaston, GA

Joey Stuckey's Jazz Band will be performing at the Thomaston Arts Council on October 10, 2015 from 6 - 8p.m.
Location: 118 S Church St #A,
Thomaston, GA 30286

International Technology Testing for Blind Musicians Comes To Macon

International Technology Testing For Blind Musicians Comes To Macon
(Macon, GA) July 17, 2015 – In just a few days, technology testing for blind musicians will be coming to Macon. On Monday, July 20 and Tuesday, July 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (both days), members of the media are invited to attend the installation of new technology at Shadow Sound Studio. The studio is located at 473 Third Street in downtown Macon.
Joey Stuckey, official music ambassador for the city of Macon and local award-winning blind producer at Shadow Sound Studio, will take part in this major international collaboration to assist blind musicians.
During Joey's recent tour of the U.K, where he spoke and performed at the University College of London and released his single ‘Blind Man Drivin,’ Joey was introduced to a wide network of music technology professionals, including the technology team from Goldsmiths University in London. The team is working to make music technology more accessible for the blind.
Adam Parkinson, one of the team’s researchers, is coming from the U.K to Macon! Parkinson will be installing the new technology at Shadow Sound Studio. The technology will allow Joey to continue to work on everything music and sound-related (similar to his sighted counterparts). The haptic control surface technology offers the ability to edit wave forms in the digital domain using hands instead of eyes - a technique which will improve the editing process for Joey’s production. This is the second project Joey has participated in since his trip to the U.K.
Joey also worked with Fiore Martin from Queen Mary University of London on the accessible peak meter, which is a computer plugin that plays a sound when the audio from a recording track goes above a user’s defined threshold:
Media Inquiries:
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Profound Works
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Grand Piano Room Unveiled!

I'm excited to announce that our Piano Room is finally renovated and ready for use at Shadow Sound Studio!
Check out our Piano Room Gallery here for more pictures.

Production for Macon Music CD is Done!

Well, I am all done!
Just finished the final mastering tweaks for the "Macon Music CD V-1" and it is truly wonderful how much talent we have in this area.
My fantastic partners at NewTown Macon are currently finishing up the artwork for the project. Don't forget the Macon Music CD is FREE and digital downloads wil be available on the NewTown Macon Website in the near future.
On Saturday, September 12, there will be a concert held at the Armory Ballroom to celebrate the CD release and the amazing Macon musicians that made it all possible. Doors open at 6:30pm with a viewing of a mini documentary of the recording process for the CD and the story of the artists. The artists will be on hand to sign copies of the FREE CD before taking the stage to show off their unique Macon sound!
I have been dreaming of this kind of event for a decade and am so glad I was at long last able to produce a recording like this!
A big thank you to all the artists who did a great job sharing their music on this recording that show off our town!
I would like to thank the artist in the order they are listed on the CD 
(the order was decided upon for storytelling reasons, each song complements the song before and after it - though the styles are varied from track to track):
Mat Rogers
Savannah Alday
Kim Meeks
Josh Neal
Station 13
Tash and the Boys
Lisa Danielle
Dean Brown

VOTE for Joey Stuckey - Georgia Music Awards!

 Joey Stuckey is an official Nominee for the 2015 GA Music Awards.
Voting has begun and will end on August 3rd! Anyone can vote for you at, or via text by texting "voteGMAwards" to 234.244.7283 and following the responding directions. Text voting is $1 per vote.

Macon Music CD Winners!

WINNERS - In Order

Dean Brown

Kim Meeks

Matt Rogers


Tash & The Boys

Stokes & The Guilty Bystanders

Station 13

Savannah Alday

Joshua Neal

Lisa Danielle


The Doves

Owen Bolig

Rewind Retry

Jessica Huggins

Analog Existence

Alex Tjoland Band

Byrd Wyatt Benefit Concert THIS Friday - June 19, 2015

Byrd Wyatt Benefit 

Highway 96's Kroger RE-Grand Opening Featuring The Joey Stuckey Jazz Trio

 The Joey Stuckey Jazz Trio will be performing tomorrow at The Grand Re-Opening of Highway 96's Kroger.
The band will perform from 4 - 5:30pm Saturday, June 13, 2015

Ray Melton Awards June 6, 2015 from 12pm - 5pm

 The Annual Ray Melton Music Man Awards will be held this Saturday, June 6 from 12pm - 5pm. It is organized by Producer Joey Stuckey and his Shadow Sound Studio, in conjunction with the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame and Pete and Fay Hatfield.

Every year, Middle Georgia musicians come together to support each other and present musicians or groups with an award.

The award and event is named after Ray Melton, who was a musical legend in Georgia and beyond. The award goes to individuals who have made a difference in the Middle Georgia music community. The event is free.

Come out and enjoy the food, drinks and the great music! The music is in the style of country/gospel.

We have assisted in bringing this program to Macon since 1999.

Joey Featured on Talk Show

 Check out this recent radio show I did with a friend of mine here

Joey Featured on 'What's Up Radio Show'

 Tune in!
Click here to hear Joey on 'What's Up Radio Show'

Joey Performing at Pond Town Festival

 Joey Stuckey returns to the Pond Town Festival ( held in Rhine, GA on Saturday, April 18. 
"It's always a lot of fun with lots of great food and fellowship!"
- Joey

Joey Stuckey Rock Trio Performing at Library Ballroom!

 Joey Stuckey Rock Trio

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Macon Musicians - SUBMIT Your Material!

 Middle Georgia Musicians: Send up to three Mp3 files to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Include the band type, cover band, founded, band address, any links to social media or a website, a short bio, band members, band representation and any additional photos or video links.
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'Blind Man Drivin' CD Release Party To Be Held March 12 in London

 London - Networking Event and Single/Video Launch

Blind Man Drivin' 

Resources for Music, Media and Business

Award-winning blind musician Joey Stuckey will be appearing in the UK for the first time on Thursday, the 12’Th of March 2015. 

He will be speaking and performing at the University of London on the 11’th and also releasing his new single and video for his song “Blind Man Drivin” in a more intimate setting after 7pm on the 12’th of March at the 1930’s inspired Ivey House.

The release concert will include a meet and greet with the Grammy-Voting Member where you can meet Joey and get copies of his single signed from 7 to 8pm. 

This free intimate event is aimed at music fans and music industry people alike, so it will be a really good networking opportunity for anyone in attendance.

From 8 to 10pm, Joey will perform two 45 minute sets of original music along with his own arrangements of songs made famous by musicians from Georgia USA, like Otis Redding, The Allman Brothers and John Mayer. 

Joey will also perform a few songs from his favourite artists from the UK like the Smiths, The Beatles and George Michael.

Don't miss your chance to see this award winning recording artist and producer in an amazing 1930’s original intimate setting with just his amazing voice and acoustic guitar. 

Because he loves real music fans and wants to meet as many as possible, there is no cover charge for this event; however places are limited – so we recommend confirming your place with us.

For more information on Joey Stuckey’s work please visit:

Directions to the venue

The event will be first-come first-serve, so we recommend getting there around 6:30.

About the Ivey House 

The Ivy House (formerly the Newlands Tavern) is London's first co-operatively owned pub, the first pub in the UK to be listed as an Asset of Community Value, and the first building to be bought under the "community right to bid" provisions of the Localism Act. The pub is a Grade-II listed building as it has "an unusually high level of surviving original features and fittings [forming] a largely complete 1930s interior”

Ivey House, 40 Stuart Road, London, England SE15 3BE

Underground and Train from Kings Cross/St. Pancras International to nearest rail station Brockley Rail Station

9 mins tube From Kings Cross take Northern line to London Bridge Underground Station

4 mins tube From London Bridge takeJubilee line to Canada Water Underground Station

8 mins overground From Canada Water takeLondon Overground to Brockley

High Street, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8TE

Tel: +447507575093

Skype: mixingmasteringcouk

The Atlanta Society of Entertainers Nominates Joey for Recording Artist of the Year

 Joey has received a nominated from the Atlanta Society of Entertainers for Recording Artist of the Year!

Joey Performs at Disability Day: Capitol



Valerie Meadows Suber, Public Information Director 

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities 

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Over 2,500 Advocates Will Rally in Liberty Plaza at

Americans with Disabilities Act 25th Anniversary Tribute March 5

Governor Nathan Deal’s Keynote Pledges Full ADA Compliance in Georgia

Plus Exclusive 17th Annual Disability Day Message from Congressman John Lewis 

ATLANTA - More than 2,500 disability advocates and supporters are expected to attend the 17th Annual Disability Day at the Capitol rally hosted by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) on Thursday, March 5, at 11 am. Disability Day is among the largest public gatherings held each year when the Georgia General Assembly meets. Advocates travel from across the state to unite in support of legislation that will promote the independence, inclusion, productivity and self-determination of people with disabilities. The theme of this year’s event is “Fulfilling the Promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).” 

“It sends a powerful message to have the participation of so many advocates and supporters of disability rights at this Rally, as we mark 25 years since passage of the ADA,” said GCDD Executive Director Eric Jacobson. “Each year, Disability Day at the Capitol grows in size and scope. We are particularly honored to have Governor Deal return and we are very proud to have the authentic Civil Rights voice of Congressman John Lewis speak to us about Social Justice, as only he can.” Congressman Lewis shares his personal family connection to disabilities in an exclusive Disability Day message.

Governor Nathan Deal will deliver the Keynote address and present an ADA Commendation which recommits Georgia to reach full ADA compliance.  Mark Johnson, National Chair of the ADA Legacy Project ( and Shepherd Center Advocacy Director, will speak about Disability Rights as Civil Rights, including the ADA Legacy Tour and campaign to spread the ADA message, “preserve,” “educate” and “celebrate,” throughout the nation.  Rev. Susannah Davis, Pastor of Kirkwood United Church of Christ, will lead the audience in recognition of “fallen soldiers,” members of Georgia’s disability community who died within the last year. GCDD chair, Mitzi Proffitt will emcee with Jacobson throughout the Rally program which ends at 12:30 PM

Award-winning guitarist and vocalist Joey Stuckey (, the official Music Ambassador of Macon, will perform three standard selections:  Star Spangled Banner acappella, Georgia on My Mind and This Little Light of Mine.  He has studied a range of music genres with many accomplished professors and renowned musicians, including jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan. Stuckey lost his eyesight and sense of smell as an infant as result of a brain tumor and he developed an early love of music from his mother’s enthusiasm for opera and his father’s penchant for country and western.  In addition to performing and managing his recording studio, Shadow Sounds Productions, Stuckey teaches music, delivers motivational talks and advocates for access to music education for blind children.  His new single, Blind Man Drivin’, will be released during a 10-day tour of the UK later this month.

Closing the program, Rally leaders will rouse the crowd with chants promoting the themes of the day as they march past the Capitol to the Freight Depot.

One in five Americans lives with disabilities as an occurrence of birth, injury or longevity, representing one of the fastest growing socio-economic sectors in the country.  Georgia has one million children and adults living with disabilities.  

GCDD’s annual Disability Day at the Capitol is an opportunity for members of the disability community and their supporters to connect with each other, their elected officials and the broader community. This year’s focus on the ADA coincides with GCDD’s mission and legislative agenda for achieving inclusive communities, voting rights, access to education and jobs. GCDD’s 2015 legislative agenda includes: 

  • An Employment First policy in Georgia – promotes employment in the general workforce at or above minimum wage as the first option for individuals with disabilities.  
  • The Unlock the Waiting Lists! Campaign - advocates for community based services and supports for individuals with disabilities to live free in the community rather than reside in institutions. (
  • Children’s Freedom Initiative - works to bring children out of institutions and into the community in homes with loving families.  (  
  • Inclusive post-secondary education - provides opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities to access higher education and social growth.
  • The Family Care Act - allows flexibility for families to use their sick time to care for each other. 

Disability Day activities begin at 9 am at the Georgia Freight Depot with t-shirt pick-up, sign-making, exhibits, including accessible voting machine demonstrations, and signature collection for the official ADA Pledge ( for those who want to sign-up to actively recommit to the fulfillment of the ADA. The GCDD Public Policy Team will offer Advocacy 101 training beginning at 9:30 am   followed by visits to the Capitol to meet legislators.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit an ADA Exhibit in the Rotunda of the Capitol that will highlight the “preserve,” “educate,” and “celebrate” slogan of the National ADA Legacy Project and a table of source materials including current issues of GCDD’s quarterly news magazine, Making A Difference.

The 11 am Rally will take place in Liberty Plaza, the Capitol’s new “front door”, located at the intersection of Capitol Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.  

About GCDD: 

GCDD, a federally funded independent state agency, works to bring about social and policy changes that promote opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities and their families to live, learn, work, play and worship in Georgia communities. A developmental disability is a chronic mental and/or physical disability that occurs before age 22 and is expected to last a lifetime. Visit for more information.  

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Macon Music CD - Call for Submissions

The music from Macon is one highlight that has made our city famous. The music culture in recent years seems to be growing, from Macon Pops, Bragg Jam to local concerts on the streets and in unique places.

To strengthen our music scene, NewTown Macon and Shadow Sound Studio are partnering to create a compilation CD of Middle Georgia musicians. The CD, Macon Music, will promote local artists to venues in town, Macon visitors, and other music industry professionals. The annual contest will accept submissions from local artists during the month of March and a panel of judges will select ten artists to be feature on the CD. All genres will be accepted. The winners will receive a professional recording or re-recording, 25 promotional CDs and a launch party, all at no cost. 

To see contest rules and submit your tracks visit Jimmy Hall's call for submissions.

Recording Artist Joey Stuckey Travels to the U.K.!


Recording Artist Joey Stuckey Travels to the U.K.!

Joey Stuckey

(Macon, GA) February 16, 2015  –  Joey Stuckey, Macon’s music ambassador, will be travelling to London for a 10 day tour in just a few weeks. The tour will include a two-day conference for visually impaired musicians on March 10 and 11. Joey will be performing and speaking during the conference. His single, ‘Blind Man Drivin’ will be featured as the theme song of the conference and released at the trendy Ivey House in London on March 12.

The Visually-Impaired Musicians’ Lives conference will be held at the University of London’s School of Education. Their mission is to “bring together visually-impaired performers, music teachers (sighted and visually-impaired), researchers concerned with visual impairment and music, representatives from the music industry and organizations in this arena. It will address key issues surrounding the musical participation and learning of visually-impaired people, including: music education and lifelong learning; participation choices and approaches to music; the relationship between musical approaches, musical genre and sight; and how technologies are shaping the music-making of visually-impaired people. These will be explored through presentations and performances.” 

For many years, Joey has worked to improve the lives of those around him through music. Working to further the mission of enhancing music education remains Joey’s top objective. The conference has given Joey the opportunity to share his passion for music education. “As a blind person and brain tumor survivor, I have some limitations physically. But I am so excited to share [personal] inspirational insights with the University of London and the Blind Musicians’ Lives Conference attendees. My talk about living a successful life as a blind person and brain tumor survivor, making music education accessible for everyone, and a performance of original songs will be the finale of the conference.” 

Joey’s single, ‘Blind Man Drivin,’ is the theme song for the conference. According to Doctor David Baker from the University College of London’s Institute of Education, “Joey's participation reflects his great enthusiasm for bringing musicians together and supporting the interests of visually-impaired artists across the globe. We are honored that he has dedicated his new song "Blind Man Drivin" to this event too, which is attracting visually-impaired musicians, specialist music teachers, people working for visual impairment charities, and developers of accessible music technologies from across the world. “

‘Blind Man Drivin’ was written by one of Joey’s closest friends and collaborators, Henry Oliner, who also appears on the ‘Blind Man Drivin’ music video.  The single will be officially released March 12 and the album with the same title will be released in September 2015.

While in London, Joey will be giving talks and performing at various venues. For more information about his tour, Gateway Macon will be featuring daily blogs and photos of Joey beginning March 9 through March 17.

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Select favorites from some of Joey's top albums, plus a bonus tribute to Joey.
"When I was about 12 years old, I became a fan of public radio and the classic and modern radio shows they broadcast, not to mention the amazing music and news programs that are at the heart of public radio. I was very sick as a child as the result of a brain tumor which is also the reason I am blind. One of my favorite shows was made by the company ZPPR out of New York. George Zar one of the founders and I became friends. I called George once, at the age of 12 or 13 and told him I was a fan. I got letters from the cast of the ZPPR productions wishing me well and to get better and then they even named a character of the show after me. Here is a clip where that character was featured." —Joey
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