Lalitha Vadlamani-Simmers: pediatrician by training, singer/songwriter by calling
My parents moved to Memphis, TN from India in 1967. My brother and I were both born in Memphis, hence the deep south drawl when I'm not paying attention. From the age of 10yo, I have moved every 3-4 years to include attending Salem Academy (all girls boarding school in Winston-Salem, NC), graduating from Duke University in 1991 and then ECU Brody School of Medicine in 1995. I served the next 6 years in the United States Air Force as a pediatrician and am very proud to say I am a veteran of our country's military. Since then I have continued to work as a general pediatrician in Niceville, FL along side my husband, also a pediatrician, Kyle Simmers. Together we are raising our two children, Macray and Sahana and figuring out that no amount of training as a pediatrician can prepare you for parenthood. While pregnant with our youngest child, I began singing with our Praise Band at Niceville United Methodist Church and so my faith walk began with music as my guide and.....here we are!!!!
I firmly believe that God put me on this earth to make a difference in the lives of young people everyday and I love being a general pediatrician. Still I have always had a deeper calling to be a singer/songwriter. Singing has always been a part of my well-being, my life: choruses all through school and I occasionally sang the Star Spangled Banner at women's home volleyball and basketball games while I was a student at Duke University. Then came 4 years of medical school, followed by 3 years in a pediatric residency... and music had to take a back seat to the basics of life: eating, sleeping, learning, and even breathing. And when my life seemed to be finding its groove with family and work, I began to crave music once again. In the spring of 2010, I bought a guitar, painstakingly taught myself how to play (well enough), and have be writing songs ever since...all the while not fulling understanding God's purpose for my rediscovering my overwhelming passion for music. Then 2011 proved to be a year full of pain and tragic loss. In the midst of all that hurt, I realized that God's timing is always perfect and that He gave me music so that I could help others heal. That is how this collection of songs entitled Save A Prayer, came to be.
As a full-time pediatrician, I work with many nurses in our clinic and Megan Scott Landreth is one of them. Megan cannot help but smile when she talks about her husband, Jimmy, and her 3-year-old daughter, Gracey. When not loving on her family, Megan is loving her job as a pediatric nurse. At just 24 years of age, Megan has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and is now fighting for her life. Yet, Megan is always smiling....seriously....always smiling. She has as pure a heart as I have ever seen and a sincere love for everyone. I am blessed that Megan works in our clinic and is my friend. Megan Landreth is truly walking human sunshine.
Proceeds from the sale of this album will go directly to help Megan with her medical costs and other unforeseen expenses associated with fighting cancer. Through this fund raising effort and many others for Megan, we are seeing just how powerful we can be when we work together. We all have a God-given-gift that is to be used for the good of others. Many people who love Megan and many people who have never even met her, have put their "gifts" to good use and helped Megan fight this horrible disease as well as inspiring others to do the same. When you help someone else, be it to open the door for them, cook them a meal, give them your last $5 or just pray for them, you are setting an example for others to do the same. I thank you for your interest in my story and purchasing my music. Your love and support for Megan Landreth is greatly appreciated as well.
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