I was all about them growing up… I always wondered if I could meet the real Superman what would I say to him? I figured I’d ask him to give me some of his power. I’d love to be as strong as he was… to fly… X-ray vision. I think most boys dream of strength and power, but I never got to meet Superman as a kid and with age the thought eventually left me… Until the summer of 2016. I was headed to the UK for a couple shows and to work with a UK artist on a new project. My boy Luke Edwards threw out an idea that I could tell he was a bit unsure of my reaction about. The way he mentioned it had an “oh yeah check this out” vibe about it. So that was kinda my reaction… He skimmed across the story about a little boy who was suffering with a debilitating disease, whose family was in need of some help in raising some awareness and money to help with his doctor bills and other things that he’d need eventually. He asked me if I’d maybe even write a song about it… I’m like “a song?” To myself, I wasn’t really sure about it. I’d never done anything like that before and I didn’t know these people from Adam. There are so many children going through various things here at home in my own country and I hadn’t done anything like that for any of them. Plus I wouldn’t wanna make something like this in any way about me, so how could I help from behind the scenes? Was there any way other than a song? I pondered on it inside. A couple weeks later I was in England and had forgotten about this conversation… Then Luke reminded me. He showed me a short video of Master Taylor Lewis Marshall in all his glory. I watched the happiest little boy with the biggest smile, laugh and play as all toddlers do. Thing is Taylor had lost all of his fingers and thumbs, one of his legs, and his other foot. I could not believe it. It shook me up. I immediately thought of Shaun and Ty. I’d had some nights in the hospital with both of them and by the grace of God they had come through those nights just fine… I remembered how helpless I felt… I immediately told Luke that I wanted to meet Taylor. As a dad, I think it just touched me a bit more to actually see him. Luke’s idea started taking on a different place in my head and I thought about it constantly. When I went to meet Taylor he was smiling with these huge blue eyes. It was infectious. So I started smiling too… I remember humming to myself “Keep on smiling” and “In your eyes I see…” in various melodies. My mind was on a song until his mom Terri told me the tale of what had happened to him. I went from creative mode to absolute shock. He literally just took sick one day. Little did she know how much danger her little boy was in. Taylor was 8 months old and was placed in a medically induced coma. Terri was told that he only had hours to live and to say her goodbyes. Taylor had sustained Meningococcal Septicemia (Type W Meningitis) which caused his kidneys to fail and his liver to suffer permanent damage. If he made it he’d have to be on antibiotics for the rest of his life. Taylor spent 7 months in the hospital and fought through 46 operations. Today he is still fighting… and still smiling. I decided that I’d like to fight with him. He made me take a long look at Terrance. Terrance is spoiled. Terrance complains about his very small problems. Terrance has all of his fingers and toes and for some silly reason doesn’t wanna smile some days. Well damn that. No more. The biggest lesson I could learn came from a 2 year old. He showed me, without trying, how blessed and lucky we are to experience life. The good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful, becomes our story. This little guy has seen a lot of bad and ugly. He’s come thru it with a smile. I wanna deliver some good and beautiful… Luke was right. What am I best at? What could I do within my own ability to help this kid and this family? So I wrote a song… Taylor’s Song.
He actually sang it with me. We shot the video together too! I’ve given half the publishing to him and his family so when u buy the song or if it’s licensed, he will receive those proceeds and it will pay forever. The world will decide how much. Taylor will need prosthetics and many more operations going forward to help him grow up healthy and happy. I’m asking for your help. We’re putting the song and video out this Thanksgiving, including a new website with links to donate to Taylor’s family above and beyond the purchase of the song. I will ask each and every one of my fans to purchase, donate, retweet, repost, like, love, or whatever else you can possibly do to get the word out and help me in this cause. Please use the hashtag #Meningitis. Please start by sharing this blog post. Friends, family, and fans… This is dear to me. My maker has instructed me to use my gift to change lives… To touch people. I’ve done music for fun. I’ve done music for money. I’ve done music to make a statement. This is music made to affect a child’s quality of life. This disease is attacking children around the world. Children! Through research, awareness, and money, a cure can be found. Taylor is fighting and winning, but the scars from this battle will be with him forever. I wanna help prevent the next child from having this battle altogether. Please go on Twitter and search #Meningitis. Follow the organizations that come up like @M_R_F and @MeningitisNow. Retweet them when you can. Please… In one of the most divided, frightening, and uncertain times that I can remember, the best thing each of us can do is help somebody. I wanna help Taylor Lewis. He gave me some of his power. He’s made me stronger.