NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It may be hard to believe at first, but Katie Chance didn't even speak until she was four years old.
"I think most of it is stress because I get very stressed if something doesn't go right," she said Tuesday night. "I really had to learn that if something goes wrong I have to deal with it and move on."
As a toddler, doctors diagnosed her with Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism.
Tuesday she was on stage at Margaritaville on Lower Broadway hoping to inspire people with her music.
"People say, oh my gosh you have such a great voice, I love it so much and they're like you have autism? And I'm like yeah," she said.
Chance shared the stage with artists like Bucky Covington and Bo Bice who are trying to help raise awareness about the disorder.
"Just to make people feel like someone cares. That's what we're here to do," Bice said.
Proceeds from "Autism Sings" benefits Autism Speaks, an organization that hopes Katie's story shows people the disorder doesn't mean your life or dreams have to stop.
"She is hope to all these families out there who don't know what the future holds for their child, and she is a representation of what can be," said Autism Speaks Regional Director Kathy Streng.
As Chance tries to make a musical name for herself she's working with her diagnosis and not against it. "Being different is unique and that could get you really far, like look at me now," she said.
Money Autism Speaks makes goes back to helping people with autism through many programs including the Autism Treatment Network at Vanderbilt or free toolkits designed to help families during the initial diagnosis.