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A Promise of Hope: Billy Dorsey sees God

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HAUGHTON, La. -

Billy Dorsey grew up in Haughton, Louisiana. Shortly after signing a record contract, he left for Houston to begin a career in music. Then, storm clouds rolled in. Billy stood there for almost an hour, just praying, talking and crying because he says he saw the hand of God.

Billy was one of us, grew up in Haughton, attended LA Tech. He has a great family, loved church, especially music. He signed a record contract but the contract company wanted to remove one of his band members.

"We all stay together or I'm not signing" Billy told them.

The record label told him "ok, then you won't perform for anyone for seven years."

"Going from a position that you've made it to that is a hard thing and I ended up homeless after that" says Billy.

Unable to make a living in music, Billy's life spiraled down and he ended up homeless in a rundown studio. Billy was sometimes locked in for days by a drug addicted owner.

Billy says "the friends would bring food because the bugler bars were locked for days while he was doing whatever. No way for me to reach him so I was trapped inside. At night, rats would eat the food; it was horrible."

Billy's dad says that he realized how far his son had fallen and tried to convince him to come home but Billy would just tell him "I need to go through this."

One night, praying to God, Billy said "God, why am I going through this? I don't do drugs or alcohol as clearly as you hear my voice I want you to pay attention to every detail because one day I'm going to make you successful, I'm going to take these trials and make them your testimony. He said one day you're going to win Dove and Stellar awards and Grammy and people are going to know your name  but it won't be for your glory, it will be for my glory."

A year later, no long homeless and trying to scratch his way back, a record producer in Los Angeles saw one of Billy's songs.

This past February, the album Billy helped write and produce won a Grammy and a Dove and a Stella award and today, Billy has his own album and does outreach for Lake Wood Church; the largest mega church in America who said they saw him in a dream.

"God showed him me in a dream and that they were supposed to support my ministry" says Billy. "Every promise that God made has come true. It was a horrible situation but I can see how in that process he taught me to trust and rely on him to see everything that God has promised come to pass. There is nothing like it."

Billy's new CD is called Marathon. He says it's like that, the race sometimes is painful, you may not think you're going to finish but if you will do as he did and keep running, you will get to the Promise Land with a Promise of Hope.

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