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3/5/2007 12:03:30 PM
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It's been said that one of the best ways to understand another person's point of view is to walk a mile in their shoes. It's no secret that in 2004, Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist Bizzy Bone, suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, voluntarily began life living on the streets, giving up all his money and material wealth, and embarked on a journey that changed his life forever.Los Angeles , CA. (PRWeb) March 5, 2007 -- For several months, Bizzy Bone walked on foot, trying to get from his hometown of Columbus to Cleveland. After many miles and blisters on his feet, Bizzy could walk no more. It was a long, hard road for him and not all the critics have been kind in his absence. Many were puzzled and confused at the bizarre behavior and sightings of Bizzy sleeping in bus stations and on the streets.
Much speculation has surfaced about this drastic turn of events. However, now clean and focused, Bizzy explains, "Wandering in my desolate state, I had an overwhelming desire to surrender myself. My journey then became spiritual and my relationship with God was personal, between me and him."
As a twist of faith would have it, it was through poverty and the renunciation of his ego, that Bizzy crossed a spiritual threshold that turned his journey around to where he is now using his celebrity status to address the plight of the homeless crisis.
"I walked for a purpose. I walked for people who have no home, fame, fortune, or glory. I walked for those people who didn't care whether or not I am a Grammy Award winner or sold millions of records. I walked for the people who have no one to turn to in their time of need. I walked for the real soul survivors," said Bizzy.
While traveling on foot through Ohio, Bizzy said, "I've learned more about life from the homeless, who are the ultimate survivors than I have anywhere else. I admire them. I've learned a lot about respect because I've seen and lived their struggles first hand. When I realized I could be useful in communicating what I had learned, I thought maybe it would inspire other people to educate themselves on this issue and do some good."
Later this year, Bizzy plans to create a revolution in public awareness with his "Walk In My Shoes" outreach campaign that will address this growing problem by forming alliances and partnerships with non-profit homeless organizations serving various regions, beginning with Columbus Ohio.
"Many people don't know this about me, but outside music, my focus has always been to help the homeless and less fortunate," said Bizzy. "This new program will be like the one me and my manager Kanardo, did a few years ago. Twice, within the same year, we rented a private location and gave away more than 1000 dinners that included, fresh turkeys, dressing, vegetables, bread, juices, fruit and desserts to homeless families in the Columbus area. During the Christmas holidays, we did the same thing but on a much larger scale. Not only did we give away food, but shoes as well as clothing and toys to the kids."
Today, Bizzy is busy with a new lease on life and his career. In addition to his advocacy plans, he just inked a major deal with Virgin Records of America and After Platinum Records. His label debut, "A Song For You" is due for a 2007 release. Imperial Records, the urban label and artist development unit of Caroline/EMI music will assist in marketing and promoting the new album.
With his solid team of music industry veterans that includes his managers, Kanardo Davis and Nena Jackson, along with Ernie Romero, CEO of After Platinum Records and the production force of After Platinum Records, Bizzy's says there's little danger that he will ever go back to his old ways. "I'm working with professionals who understand the nature of this business, people that I respect and trust. Our aim is about success in whatever we do and together we will achieve those goals because this is how we roll."
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