Local DJ Gets A Second Chance
by Shannon Royster
MADISON, Tenn. - Being in a music store for Jas Taylor, a musician and local DJ, feels like home. He says his life has always been about music.
"My mom used to take me here all the time to get my horn cleaned." he said.
So it was no surprise when he decided to make a living as a DJ. A DJ who also gives back.
Taylor says he started a free after-school program called I-Jam for children that allowed him to teach kids the art of dance and origin of music.
"It's an opportunity to speak into their lives and help them out," he said. "It gives them a sense of belonging and it shows them that someone else cares for them."
Back in October, however, thieves stole all of his equipment right out of his car.
"After you don't have your stuff that you use for a living it changes everything," said Taylor.
Little did he know, change of a different kind was on its way. Thanks to an anonymous donor Taylor got his life back Wednesday when he was presented with a check for $2,000 at Sam Ash Music.
"It makes me feel like there's someone out there who cares," Taylor said. "I didn't really expect that to happen but I didn't expect anything."
Thanks to the kindness of a total stranger Taylor can buy back what he lost. Two 12-inch speakers, and a wireless mic.
Taylor says if he could say anything right now to the person who made this possible it would be simple.
"Thank you so much," he said. "Whatever touched your heart to donate, it means the world to me."
Sam Ash Music store also threw in two speaker stands and covers free of charge. Taylor says he plans to get back to business immediately and throw a party for the kids he mentored as soon as possible.