Born in Los Angeles and voted off the island by the age of two. :) Billy Soden's very large family of seven-eventually-eleven migrated east, poor as dirt, making a short stop living in a Wyoming shack that had no plumbing (seriously, only an outhouse).
After discovering no other humans lived in the gorgeous but uninhabited "Forever West" state, they yearned for the city life again (and plumbing) and traveled further east where they settled in Minneapolis, current headquarters of Hope Dealer.
Soden spent most of his career in music education and community education, as a teacher and administrator. He is a survivor of writing education curriculum and policy, grant writing for the fine arts, marketing copy for quarterly community events and classes, and successfully transitioned from paper post-it notes to on-screen post-it notes.
Soden currently writes for the world's largest non-profit independent television and media company, NTD Television and The Epoch Times. Based in New York City, with a global audience of over 55 million viewers, Soden's stories contribute to the shared vision of uniting humanity, hope, and freedom through the authoring of engaging stories that portray the intensely compelling unification of all humankind and the planet.
Soden has been a featured blogger repeatedly on a global blogging site with more than 35,000 contributors and an average of 1.1 million unique monthly visitors. His blog, "How To Squeeze A Football Team Into A Sardine Can; Growing Up In Small Spaces," touched the hearts of many through a condensed telling of growing up in a large blended family.
Soden published his first book, "U Be U," in April of 2017 and is soon to release his second, "Hope Dealer." Born with a trombone in one hand and a pen in the other, Soden's passion for music and writing developed early in life.
Soden describes himself as a lucky "hack writer" and coined the term "Beatbusker," and labels himself as such. "I'm a hybrid writer," says Billy. "Kind of a cross between a beat reporter and a street performer (a busker). I know all the words. You just have to put them in the right order to make them get up and dance!"
Soden is currently contracted to acquisition talent to perform with Ethan Bortnick on his number one PBS Television Program, "The Power of Music," and live performances. Ethan has helped raise over $50 million for non-profits around the world and has shared the stage with artists such as Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, Beyoncé, Josh Groban, Reba McEntire, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Celine Dion, Carlos Santana, and many others. Soden is thrilled to contribute to the humanitarian efforts of Ethan Bortnick and Sun and Sky Entertainment.
Above all, Soden is most proud to be the father of his two sons, Nick and Jack Soden, who are both students of life and currently the University of Minnesota. Nick marched with the World Champion Blue Devil's Drum and Bugle out of Concord, California this year and Jack has been a state and nationally recognized musician, which led him to the decision to major in Psychology. :)
Hope Dealer is an extension of Soden's personal beliefs and mindset that everyone can make a positive difference in the lives of others daily; regardless of social status, wealth, title, or current station in life. "If you are breathing," says Soden, "you can become a Hope Dealer."
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