By Heidi Glaus
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo.(KSDK) - He is the perfect example of not judging a book by its cover.
"Yeah, we rock cowboy boots," Wild Bill Young said proudly.
He's a University City kid who was country when country really wasn't cool, at least not in his crowd.
"I don't think I told anybody about the fact of my love for country music until I was about 20, 21-years-old," Young said.
And even then he sang in fear, but Wild Bill Young has always had a song in his heart and he recently stepped into the studio to record his first album.
"I do it and you see people's ears stand up like the RCA dog," Young added.
It's been a long road with more low notes than high.
"I was arrested when I was 14 for sticking up a local convenient store. I was the third juvenile certified to stand trial as an adult for a bad decision," Young explained.
As a matter of fact, Wild Bill was a street name. He kept the name, but changed his ways.
"That's why I want kids to know if you make a mistake you can turn around because I have some real holes in my heart from the past that's why I won't forget ever that a kid can be saved," Young explained.
He's as passionate about that as he is about his music.
"I want every kid to know you don't have to do what everybody else is doing to fit in. As a matter of fact, you're not fitting in you're lining up for tragedy," Young added.
The combination is hitting all the rights notes. So you might not be able to rewrite history, but Wild Bill Young is proof you can write the next verse.