24-year-old James Matthews is a music student in Pensacola, Florida, and he's been playing piano since he was three years old. He almost had to give it up a few years ago when he became HOMELESS.
Now, it's not clear why, but his parents aren't in the picture. After high school, he got into the music program at Florida Southern College, but couldn't afford a dorm.
So he spent more than a year and a half LIVING in the school's 24-hour piano studio, where he practiced up to 10 hours a DAY.
Eventually his teacher found him sleeping there, but instead of kicking him out, he got him into the music program at the University of West Florida, where they DID give him a dorm. Next year he will graduate with a degree in music.
James has also entered the American Protégé International piano competition this year, which is actually a big deal. Sadly, he didn't win it, but he was an "honorable mention," which means that on April 20th, he'll get to perform at CARNEGIE HALL in New York.
According to James, he decided that if he refused to give up on his dream, good things would eventually come his way.
- Kelly Urich