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Kansas City music mentor helps musicians make it big

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A Kansas City man is working to help some local musicians make it big.

He may only be 16, but Michael Richardson, or Dom as he calls himself, is writing, composing and rapping his way to the top.

"My dream is to make it big and support my family," Richardson said.

And the man helping him get there is Eugene Smiley.

For Smiley, the sessions become more than lessons in music.

He said he helps put the children in the metro on the right track in life and maybe even stardom.

"I can see talent, I can see it. I is just a gift I have," said Smiley, who has played with the industry's best since the days of Motown.

These days, Smiley shares his love of music off the stage and in his basement studio. He offers affordable recording time and mentoring sessions to anyone he thinks has potential.

He tutored an 8-year-old child prodigy, Brody Buster, who appeared on Jay Leno and shared a stage with B. B. King.

"B. B. King stated on Dateline that this kid at that age was the nation's best harmonica player," Smiley said.

Richardson is his next hopeful, catching the attention of a record label in New York.

"My people in New York and Los Angeles and Atlanta, they are really hot on this kid. They are writing music for him as we speak," Smiley said.

All of this is Smiley's way of keeping his music and legacy playing.

Smiley says that one person opened the doors for him, so he's just paying it forward.

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