By Byron Burke
After my former band Ten City disbanded in 1994, I relocated from Oak Park, IL. to Wurzburg, Germany in October 1995 to help a DJ booking agency expand their artist roster, as well as building a recording studio, record and music publishing company.
After being there for 2 years, I discovered that the owner of the company was snooping around in my apartment while I was out of town, as well as creating insulting rumors about me to many of my personal contacts in the music industry.
When I confronted him about this, he established away to lock me out of my apartment and denied me access to my personal effects and had me escorted off the location, without any money or no where to go. I was homeless in foreign country without any family or any idea on how I was going to get back to America, let alone on how I was going to move forward in life. What do you do, when the thing that you love and are passionate about is taken away from you in a blink of an eye?
The dangerous side effect of going through that type of trauma is falling into depression, especially if you were not even aware that you were under it’s grip before something like this happens due to not dealing with the traumatic effects of being molested at the age of 5 1/2. And to add fuel to the fire, having an introverted personality!
I finally made it back to America and decided to try my luck in New York, and my life took a deeper fall into the abyss of uncertainty by not being able to get much support from individuals in the music industry (not to mention any names, but I helped many become millionaires) and experiencing a lifestyle from Riches to Rags.
As I’m reflecting back to my ordeal in New York from 1997 – 2002, I had no steady income…… sorry, let me correct that…. I was lucky if I generated $12k within that time frame, no idea on how I was going to eat, where I was going to live and to this day, I’m fighting to regain a relationship with my children.
In spite of these haunting events, they have shown me how strong I am and how to push forward in uncertain times.
I’m a firm believer that God will not put you through anything that you were not designed to handle. In fact, that experience helped me face my own inner fears and allowed me to complete High School (1993), while I was on the road with my former band Ten City, took a continuing education course at Stanford University in 1999 (That’s an interesting story all by it’s self on how that happened), and I’m currently a part-time undergrad student at De Paul (my depression was so bad as a child, I had to repeat the 6th & 9th grade over and I quit High School in my junior year to follow my passion for music).
The greatest fear is moving forward into the unknown, but just remember this. Everyone of us has fallen down as children when we made our first steps. Just remember not to stay on the ground after you fall. If you made it this far, you will continue to move forward, regardless of what the outcome may be.
You have the opportunity to write the next chapter of your life and no job, event or others determine your destiny!
Byron Burke, Founder
Byron Burke Ministries (Online only)