Inspiration: Denver Street Musician Dred Scott Sings Purple Rain

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Saw this video and I just had to share it with you guys. Living on the street in Denver, Colorado, musician, Dred Scott, shares his soulful voice with the larger world for the first time. Truly moved me…

You can buy a copy of this song on iTunes here.

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21 responses

21 responses to “Inspiration: Denver Street Musician Dred Scott Sings Purple Rain”

  1. Paula says:

    Love his voice.

  2. Ed Gandia says:

    Truly moving! This (and my 4-month-old’s smile) made my Saturday morning. 😉

  3. Mary Jane says:

    Just fabulous, and very inspiring.

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Alex Ramadan says:

    Prince is normally one of those artists that can rarely be covered well, but hot damn this was beautiful. Went ahead and bought it on iTunes.

  5. Robin Easton says:

    Dear Jonathan, this just cuts all the way down to the bottom of my soul. Thank you for sharing it.

  6. Joy says:

    Wow..when I listen my heart fills with gratitude and my eyes fill with may only sing like this if they identify with the pain in the lyrics and one can only truly hear if they’ve been there..thank you for this gift!

  7. I’m as inspired as I’m enraged: for this is what the world does to the vast majority of its artists and creators.

  8. Chris Bruce says:

    While I sympathize with his plight, I don’t share the common consensus here. Sure, he has a decent voice, but nothing here pulls at my heartstrings. I have to admit that this is a very well done marketing piece by Tyler Ward Music – the set up before the introduction is done in such a way that you feel that you MUST love it. I don’t.

    As a lifetime musician myself, I know countless musicians who move me just by the way that they strum a single chord, phrase a single word, or inflect on a single note. There are too many of them to count who spend their lifetime honing their craft while supporting families, paying bills, or even just struggling to stay afloat. Some of them “make it” – like Stevie Ray Vaughan in the post that Jonathan posted a while back, but the vast majority of them are destined to be merely great, often honored, but relatively unknown – that’s the dirty truth about being an artist, you can be great and unknown.

    I wish Dred all the best. Someone has obviously found him who knows how to capitalize on the human condition, so for Dred’s sake I say “great”. But alas, I don’t find Dred to be great.

    • Natalie says:


      Could you not have just enjoyed the song, for whatever it was, and avoided the soapbox?


  9. mamawolfe says:

    I’m speechless. This makes me think of how many hidden treasures we have in our country that go unheard or unnoticed. Being an artist is hard enough, but to relegate artists like Dred Scott to homelessness is shameful. Thank you for sharing this.

  10. Lisa says:

    Breathtaking!I hope more bloggers will do the same thing.

  11. gwyn says:

    Gracious tears. I will pass this on! Thanks

  12. David says:

    Great! Loved it….

  13. Stirling says:

    Please forget the social commentary and just enjoy an amazing voice.

  14. Drew Feger says:

    Loved it. Bought it. Seriously, I spend more time making fun of that song than actually appreciating it. I really enjoyed his version. I bought his album. Thanks to all who shared to help Dred Scott.

  15. Trey Noran says:

    Dred is a great man with a vision to play his music and help others. Many that love Dred and is caring attitude I and Tyler have been working hard to make the media aware of his music.
    If you would like to have Dred perform or just like to help him, please contact Trey Noran at or

  16. Fanta Tikole says:

    Wonderful for you to share this with us.
    Such a soulful singer and his passion, pain, and story resonates through his voice.

  17. Trey Noran says:

    Thanks to the many people who have support Dred Scott; we are working hard and his first CD will be for sale in three weeks with all his original material and it is great. CBS producer stated this shall go Platinum very quickly. A small sample is on our site at also join us on face book and his Debut is in Denver September 28th 2011 at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret.

  18. Trey Noran says:

    Finally!! Dred D. Scott’s first single is on sale now and his Full CD will be on sale October 1st 2011.
    His Love Corporation-H.I.S Label.
    Watch for us next week on CBS “The Early Show”.