RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – If you listen carefully among the loud noise of passing cars on Capital Boulevard n Raleigh, you’ll hear another sound.
It’s a sweet soothing sound of a saxophone.
“I saw Kenny G play it when I was younger and I told myself, I am going to play that,” said Brad Smith.
Standing on the sidewalk with only his saxophone, Smith plays from the heart.
“I don’t want people to think that I want any of the praise, I want God to get all the glory he get,” said Smith.
But his cardboard sign will give you a glimpse into his current situation.
Brad said he was laid off from his job and had nowhere to go. He’s currently raising a family in a hotel.
He and his wife have a 5-year-old and a newborn.
“My wife looked at me she was like ‘Babe, open up your case and see what happens,’” said Smith.
It’s a talent he’s been perfecting since high school. He says his band teacher kept him focused.
“He never gave up on me. A lot of times I wanted to give up on myself he was like you got something in you, you got to keep going. I never wanted to try out for all-state but he told me to go ahead and do it and I made all-state,” Smith said holding back tears.
And from there he kept going, playing in college at North Carolina Central University.
He said his band director kept his inspired.
“He taught me discipline and dedication and I’ve used those things to take care of my family,” Smith said.
For Smith it’s about more than just music.
“Even though I’m in my situation, I don’t wear my situation,” Smith said. “I give God the glory because he’s going to bring me out of this.”
His saxophone is his sound of hope.
“If you listen to God he’ll guide you to where you need to be and take you where you need to go. It’s hard because sometimes you think you should be in certain places and you might feel like you should have certain things, but it’s all about the journey that gets you there. If you just listen, everything else will fall into place,” said Smith.
He’s certainly giving us all something sweet to listen to.
If you want to listen to Smith, you can find him throughout the week near the intersection of Capital Boulevard. and Trawick Road.