The Power of Music: Kevin Sharp

The Power of Music: Kevin Sharp
"I was 18 years old when I was first diagnosed with cancer. The doctors told me that I would likely die in six months," says Kevin Sharp. "At 18 years old, getting ready to spread your wings, we're all guilty of believing that we're invincible. Within a second, to have your wings clipped is very devastating."

The Make-A-Wish Foundation came to Kevin's bedside and asked if they could do something for the ailing teen. "My passion and love for music was the most important thing to me in my life. I wanted to meet David Foster," he says.

David, a 14-time Grammy winner, writer and producer, was flattered by Kevin's request. "Most kids want to meet an athlete or a famous movie star," he says. "I felt like I was chosen. I felt like it was my honor, not his."

Kevin explains how he won his battle over cancer. "The time I spent with David lifted me so much emotionally, that it couldn't help but lift me physically. Music has saved my life. I have been cancer-free for almost 15 years," he says.

Kevin and a friend then made a demo and played it for David, who helped get Kevin's song, "Nobody Knows," to number one.

Kevin now gives back to terminally ill children through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. One of the children requested to hear Kevin's song, "Nobody Knows" before passing away. Tearfully, Kevin says. "I wish I could put into words what that meant to me ... What he gave me in making my life come full circle is the greatest gift I have or ever will receive in my life. Dr. Phil, I believe that music helps save lives. I believe it helped save my life."

David, who has worked with Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and Barbara Streisand, also gives back. He is also chairman of the Grammy Foundation, which helps bring national attention to the value of music and arts education.

Accompanied by David Foster on piano, Kevin Sharp sings his number one country smash, "Nobody Knows."

"What an absolutely amazing story," Dr. Phil praises Kevin. "You said music to you is as important as the air you breathe."

"Without question," Kevin says.