New artist Eddie Boxxer is using his music to support Thrive DC in our mission to end and prevent homelessness in DC. He will be donating proceeds from his new music video, “It’s My Choice” to Thrive DC because he feels passionate that in a nation with so many resources, there should be no one without shelter.

We sat down with Boxxer to discuss inspiration behind his new song and why he chose to donate to Thrive. Check out his interview and the song that made it all happen below!

We are very grateful for donors like Eddie who chose to support us in so many ways. Thank you for helping us to keep our one-stop shop running so that individuals and families in crisis can find it within them to thrive.

Interview with Eddie Boxxer

What’s the song about?

There was no attempt at subtlety when I wrote the title, and lyrics, of “It’s My Choice.” The track is about inspiration, self-worth, and positivity. My hope is that listeners can draw something positive from the song, and incorporate it into their lives, as well as others in their sphere. To be honest, I didn’t set out to write the song. Many artists have lyrics, or at least an idea or theme, when they begin to put a track together, I (with few exceptions) write the music first, it always feels more comfortable. Once the general music template is established, the theme and lyrics seem to fall into place. With the sincerest of intentions, I always hope that someone can take something positive from a piece that I’ve written, and incorporate it into their lives. “It’s My Choice” seems to strike a chord with folks, and for that, I’m truly grateful!

Why choose Thrive as a charity to support?

There are so many wonderful causes, and wonderful people who get involved with them. In a society that’s driven by greed, power, and image, it’s reassuring to know there are folks who selflessly, and without recognition, put humanity and compassion above all else. My manager and I began our search in my community. There are many worthwhile efforts, but I wanted to select an organization that most lined up with the spirit of the song. One of the first things to catch my eye was the mission statement of Thrive DC, “Our mission is to end and prevent homelessness in Washington D.C.” Homelessness has been a hot button for me as long as I can remember. In a nation with as many resources as we have, there should be no one without shelter. The way I see it, shelter and healthcare are rights not privileges! Why do I believe this? The answer is simple – because I’m human, and so are the folks in need.

Obviously the theme of believing in yourself and not giving in to negativity is something that’s incredibly relevant and personal for our clients. What has helped you get through the low points and tough moments in your life?

Luckily, I’ve a great support system in my family and friends. I suffer from general anxiety, and even with support, I’ve had some rough times. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have this, or any condition, and not have the support of friends and family, let alone food or shelter. I’m an extrovert, so being in the company of others seems to help when I’m going through a low point. I’m a big fan of comedy and that has taught me to see the world in a different way. If you can extract even a modicum of laughter from a tough situation, the mood will shift and there’s an opportunity to build on the positivity.

Why do you think it’s important to give back?

Giving is part of our human condition. Most of us adhere to a code of morality that includes empathy and compassion. It seems unnatural to not want to uplift and inspire, even if receiving nothing in return. That being said, anyone who helps another will receive the greatest compensation of all, knowing that someone is better off because of them.