by Todd Walker
NASHVILLE, Tenn - A producer on Music Row is now out more than $30,000 worth of music equipment and cash savings after his home was robbed and ransacked.
Instead of being upset, he is using the experience to do something good for others. A lot of people are getting behind him, too.
Brandon Metcalf said his story is getting shared all over the Internet and people he doesn't even know are donating to help him get his music equipment back.
Faith has always been a big part of his life. Metcalf said instead of just replacing the equipment for himself, he'll use it to create a faith-based music company so he can hopefully encourage others.
"I spent a day or two angry and depressed and frustrated," Metcalf said. "And that's just not really who I am. All you can do is get back up and get back to work."
He said his idea of a faith-based music company is one that probably should have happened a while ago.
"I got so busy and life happened and I just never got around to it," Metcalf said. "And when this happened I really needed something to focus on."
Metcalf said he's amazed by the donations, now more than $3,500, which have come in from across the country.
"The number of people that have shared it online, Facebook keeps track of it, and it's almost to a thousand shares," he said. "Which is unbelievable."
It took anger and loss to kick-start the project, but now he hopes that anger and loss can inspire others.
"What I want to try to do is help people have a reason to put those (negative) feelings aside and focus on the good ones."
Metcalf's new music company will be called Eleven 17. It was his little sister's birthday. She died a few years ago. He said she would have loved this project.
A promotional video for Metcalf's Eleven 17 project is posted on his GoFundMe site. Donations can also be made there.