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UWF piano player goes from homeless to performing for millions

James Matthews is preparing to take the world by storm.
The talented musician was once homeless and is now playing for millions.

We first told you about Matthews back in March.
Since our story, his career has skyrocketed.
Channel Three reporter, Kavontae Smalls met Matthews where his newfound fame began, in the Music Hall at UWF.

The last time Channel 3 News shared with you James Matthews' story, he was anxiously awaiting the opportunity of a lifetime, to play at Carnegie Hall, now with that accomplishment behind him, his life has changed completely"

"Carnegie Hall was amazing, and it was just like a dream come true"

Since our first story with James Matthews, he's performed in front of a sold out crowd at Carnegie Hall.
"It was so cool because they all thought I was the big star of the whole show"

His inspiring story from being homeless to making it through college on his own accord, captured the hearts of people across the country.

"Since the story we did went viral, I've been approached by everybody else from the Steve Harvey Show, Arsenio Hall, Good Morning America, The View.  Everybody has been asking for me to go on their show"

In the days leading up to his big Carnegie Hall performance, James received the call from the Ellen Show which he gladly answered.

"It was so cool to sit in that chair right beside her and just talk, talk to her for a while"
James says he didn't expect Ellen to shower him with gifts and 25,000 dollars.
But despite his newfound fame.

"All kinds of people want me to play for them.  I've heard from all kinds of famous bands, and famous singers"

James is keeping himself grounded.
He still has a year left before completing his degree.
He still teaches piano classes in Pace.
Most of all, the same positive attitude that kept him going when he didn't have a place to call home is now his guiding light, as he prepares to share his talents with a worldwide audience.

"I'm just the same old me, I just got to play for a lot of people"

This summer James will be performing across the globe including places like Australia, Brazil and London.