this report on Patch. Find more about a previous performance of a song by Julien by members of the Nyack Studio Arts program with support from the Rockademy, here. Singer/songwriter Marquis "Marqui" Julien works as a Day Habilitation specialist for the Nyack Studio Arts Program sponsored by Jawonio, Inc, but his connection to people with developmental disabilities runs much deeper.Julien also recently released a video paying homage to his new home, "I Love Nyack," Read more in
"My younger brother, who resides in California is diagnosed with autism and he was my gateway into this field," said Julien, a Los Angeles native who lives in Nyack. "I am dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals like him. I am trying to use my voicde to speak up for those whose voices often go unheard."
Julien's brother inspired his new song, "I Am Abled," which he will perform 11 a.m. Thursday along with representatives of Jawonio, Inc, Camp Venture's "Rockademy" Band and vocalist Danielle Sheri Wasserman at the Nyack Farmer's Market on Main Street in Nyack.
The music video for "I Am Abled" appears on the Autism Speaks website here with more information about Julien's inspiration for the song. He said he wrote it in response to New York State budget cuts in programs for people with disabilities.
Invited guests include actor Michael Rispoli and Nancy "Mama" Jones, Nyack Mayor Jennifer White and David Fried, the Democratic candidate for Rockland County Executive.
"I am a huge fan of Marqui and his cause," Rispoli said through a press release.
"I love Marqui's enthusiasm and willingness to serve his community," Jones said.
The performance is presented by Julien's Royal T Life and the Nyack Chamber of Commerce. The Nyack Farmer's Market is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays in the municipal lot on Main Street in Nyack.