Homeless busker Dred Scott will brighten your day (VIDEO)

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Dred Scott may be homeless, but he's also got a real gift, a gift for performing R&B covers as if he were Marvin Gaye himself. The guy has chops, and thank God Tyler Ward, a Denver pop/rock artist, found him on 16th Street one day and chose to feature him on his Tyler Ward Featured Artist series on YouTube.

"I was walking down the street, heard his voice and was like, 'This cat is good.' So I listened to him for half an hour, went to the 7-Eleven and got some food, then came back a week later and recorded him," recalls Ward.

Now, thanks to Ward, Scott's music is on iTunes. He's got an EP out, called Live From 16th Street Mall, that was released on Tuesday, July 12. Proceeds from the EP go toward purchasing food and clothing for Scott; he is not paid in cash.

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Dred Scott playing 16th Street this morning.
"It's cool. I'm new to a lot of this stuff, but it's all cool to me," says Scott of his music now on iTunes and playing in front of people. When he's performing on 16th Street, Scott said he usually tries to block out most of the surrounding buzz so he can hear what he's doing and showcase his talents.

Just this morning Dred Scott showcased his talent once again by playing a cover of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" for all the passersby on the 16th Street Mall, near the intersection of 16th and California streets. Ward was there, too, but he was careful not to make the performance about him. Instead, he let Scott take the reins, answer some questions people had and then play a few songs.

"He's cool. He doesn't need any help," Ward says.

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4 comments
Lthomas
Lthomas

Tyler Ward only took advantage of homeless singer Dred Scott; what a dude that banks on other peoples talent. Do what is right dude as your bubble gum music sucks. How does this dude sleep at night?

Slickrick
Slickrick

I hope that his best track wasn't this song.  It sounds horrible.  Is he constipated?  Thinking he has what it takes to be a professional musician might be the biggest contributing factor to his homelessness.  Those cheering him on should be ashamed of themselves.

Tammy Miller
Tammy Miller

i love this story, it proves that homeless people just need a chance to re enter the real world again, i was homeless 10 years, and two loving caring men (my heros) helped me and i am now in housing and have a chance to live again...remember homeless people were once functioning people with lives and have so much to give back if only given a chance, i have seen so many talented homeless people so i know first hand that not all homeless people want the life they were given and have survived so many challenges that would be hard for most to people to survive just one week of there lives, the people of denver are very giving and caring towards the homeless food clothing etc...but what we all need is just a chance to function again normally, jobs housing clothes that are proper fitting and clean so they can work, yes there is drugs and booze involved but i think if you became homeless and had to sleep outside with rats- harsh weather- gangs-bugs-you name it , then you to would want to escape also if only for a minute

Brian
Brian

Can you guy put it up on emusic.com, I don't have an iTunes account

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