With the Help of a Loving Professor, This Man Went From Homeless to Carnegie Hall.

One night, Florida Southern College professor Robert McDonald came into his piano studio a little late to find James Matthews sleeping on the floor. Matthews, one of McDonald’s piano students, had been living on the streets for some time as he continued to perfect his musical technique. But just a few years later, Matthews is off the streets and onto one of the biggest stages the world can offer: Carnegie Hall. As the talented man tickles the ivories, he always remembers McDonald, who called friends in area music departments until he was sure that his young student had an education and a future at Chipola College with a roof over his head staying in the dorms.

Check out how the love of one teacher brought a student out of poverty, and how that student pursued his dreams even in immense difficulty, and a great piano performance – all at once as James Matthews goes from homeless to Carnegie Hall’s famed grand piano with an Ellen Degeneres interview.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.
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