You can listen to Benita’s CD here at Benita Mae Express

My name is Benita Mae Rodda from Maitland SA, I am 17 years old, I’m Autistic and I’m proud of it.

I have trouble focusing at school, but when I was in year 9, my teacher Mr Maidment gave me a pen and paper and suggested that I write a song or poem as the rest of the class was writing an essay. My teacher knew my limitations but still wanted me to try. So I started to write.

I found that I enjoyed writing song lyrics. English then became my favourite subject. It was only when my counsellor contacted my Mum to discuss some of my songs lyrics that my family even knew. Mum showed my Poppa, my Poppa found Quentin {who Produced, Composed and recorded the CD) and without much thinking, this album was born.

When I first went into the recording studio I couldn’t believe this was happening to me. Watching Quentin work and make my lyrics come together with the music, it was just magic. And when I first started recording and speaking into the microphone I felt like I was in front of an actual crowd, telling them that we’re more than what people think we are.

I hope that you enjoy these songs as much as I enjoyed writing them. I hope it gives you the motivation to push yourselves to be your most amazing selves … and to find the glory.