Brewster Durbin is trying to do the unthinkable.

He's got '$1' and he's trying to turn it into $20,000. Before I explain how the unthinkable could become a reality, let's start with his inspiration.

Durbin is a senior at Lafayette High School. As a member of the school band and the son of one of the Imagination Movers, it's safe to say music literally surrounds his life. According to, he was inspired to write a song titled '$1' after coming across a friend's Instagram post.

The father of Durbin's friend had just been diagnosed with cancer. The family asked for help to pay for medical treatments.

Durbin—a self-proclaimed history buff—goes by his stage name "The Durbulence" and was shocked when his GoFundMe-inspired song made it through the first round of selections in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. The international contest has been around since 1997 and the panel of celebrity judges include names like George Clinton and Sheila E. amongst other "renowned musicians, composers, and producers."

I was really surprised I won. I didn't really have much expectations going in. I just made it in my bedroom and I figured it would get beat out by better produced, higher-budget songs.

Durbin's next challenge is getting through competitors from Session II, who will be announced next year. Finalists will then battle it out for "Song of the Year" and the $20,000 grand prize.

Good luck to Durbin, and let's hope he can turn that '$1' into $20K!

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