Homeless Piano Player Gets a Makeover

A new look and confidence boost is all it took to get one musically-gifted man off the streets and performing again.

Last week, we introduced you to Donald Gould, who was a U.S. Marine musician that wound up homeless in Sarasota, Florida.

A stranger had posted a video of Gould playing a street piano, and the scruffy-yet-talented musician’s performance got more than three million views in just four days.


Donald Gould homeless piano Inside Edition vid





Gould’s instant fame resulted in offers of new clothes, a makeover and a paying gig at a local restaurant.

“I got a lot of new respect out here today,” Donald Gould told Inside Edition. “I feel pretty confident that I can do it, as long as I keep myself together, you know.”

Gould says his transformation has also given him the confidence to try to reunite with his son – who he hasn’t seen in more than 15 years.

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