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John Cries Out to Jesus

John slid into a lifestyle of excessive drug use and criminal behavior that lasted for over 30 years, then one day from his hospital bed he cried out to Jesus. Read Transcript


* YOUR LAST DAY HAS COME *

* HOLD ME *

Reporter: FIND THE

PERFECT MIX OF RHYTHM AND

BLUES AND JAZZ, AND YOU'VE

DISCOVERED THE UNIQUE SOUND

OF JOHNNY LEE HOOKER, JR.

HE IS THE ON OF JON LEE

HOOKER.

HE HAS SHARED THE RED CARPET

WITH THE WORLD'S BEST

MUSICIANS, AND HE HAS PLAYED

ALONGSIDE THE LIKES OF B.B.

KING, LENNY

KRAVITZ.

MY DAD CAME OUT WITH A

HIT, "BOOM, BOOM, BOOM," AND

MY PEERS, MOMS AND DADS,

KNEW WHAT A HIT RECORD WAS

AND COMPLIMENTED IT.

WOW, YOUR DAD GOT A HIT

RECORD!

Reporter: BUT JOHN LEE,

JR. HAD A SECRET.

HE WAS ADDICTED TO DRUGS.

HE STARTED USING MARIJUANA

IN MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND THE

DRUGS GOT PROGRESS OF

STRONGER.

IN HIS HIGH SCHOOL YEARS HE

STARTED SHOOTING HEROIN.

I WOKE UP THINKING ABOUT

DRUGS.

I WENT TO SLEEP THINKING

ABOUT DRUGS THE.

AT LUNCH PERIODS AT SCHOOL,

AND AFTER SCHOOL WAS OVER, I

THOUGHT ABOUT DRUGS.

DRUGS WAS THE THEME.

Reporter: JOHN WAS

CONSTANTLY IN AND OUT OF

COUNTY JAIL ON DRUG-RELATED

CRIMES.

DURING ONE STAY, HIS CELLMATE

WANTED TO TEACH JOHN

HOW TO DEFEND HIMSELF IF HE

EVER HAD TO GO TO THE

PENITENTIARY.

SO THEY STARTED BOXING.

HE WOULD STAND RIGHT IN

THE CELL DOOR AND SAY NOW

GET OUT OF HERE IF YOU CAN.

AND I'D BOX MY WAY OUT.

AFTER I'D BOX MY WAY OUT,

HE'D SAY, GOOD WORK.

I'M JUST GETTING YOU READY.

Reporter: JUST AS HIS

CELLMATE PREDICTED, WHEN

JOHN TURNED 18, HE WAS MOVED

TO AN ADULT PRISON.

YOU'RE A KID, AND YOU'VE

GOT GUYS 30 AND 40.

AND WHO IS THIS YOUNG BOY

THAT IS COMING IN HERE.

AND YOU'RE LIKE, OH, MY GOD,

WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF

INTO?

Reporter: JOHN QUICKLY

LEARNED ABOUT THE DARK SIDE

OF CELL LIFE AFTER HIS

FRIEND WAS RAPED BY A CELLMATE

AS A, YOUNGSTER, YOU

SAY, DANG, THAT COULD HAPPEN

TO ME.

Reporter: THE SAME DAY

THAT INMATE TRIED TO RAPE

JOHN LEE, JR., JOHN HAD TO

RELY ON EVERYTHING HIS

CELLMATE EVER TAUGHT HIM.

I GRABBED HIM AND THREW

HIM AGAINST THE BARS AND

BEAT HIM UP.

Reporter: WHEN JOHN LEE

GOT OT OF PRISON, HE WENT

RIGHT BACK TO USING DRUGS

AND HIS MUSIC CAREER ENDED.

HE WAS HOMELESS, LIVING ON

THE STREETS, AND OVERDOSED

SO MANY TIMES HE LOST

COUNT.

I HAD UNCLES AND PARENTS

TELL ME YOU'RE GOING TO DIE

FROM DRUGS.

WE ALREADY KNOW, YOU'RE

GOING TO DIE FROM DRUGS.

I BELIEVED THEM, AND I SAID

I KNOW, BUT I DIDN'T CARE.

Reporter: BY THE TIME

JOHN LEE, JR. REACHED HIS

40s, HE WAS SHOOTING

HEROIN IN HIS NECK BECAUSE

THE VEINS IN HIS ARMS HAD

COLLAPSED.

> HE DEVELOPED A SEVERE

INFECTION, AND WHEN HE WENT

TO THE HOSPITAL, HE FACED UP

TO THE POSSIBILITY HE COULD

DIE.

THE DOCTOR LOOK AT MY

NECK AND SAID WE NEED TO GET

THAT INFECTION OUT OR YOU

WILL DIE.

INSTANTLY, I BROKE OUT

CRYING.

AND HE SAID, YOU COULD DIE

ANY MINUTE.

AND LAYING ON MY HOSPITAL

BED, I JUST BASICALLY SAID,

LORD JESUS, I NEED YOU TO

WALK ME THROUGH WITH THIS

ORDEAL.

I SAID PLEASE HELP ME, HAVE

MERCY ON ME.

HELP ME.

AND HE HELPED ME.

HE HELPED ME.

Reporter: AT THAT

MOMENT, JOHN LEE PRAYED TO

BECOME A CHRISTIAN.

BUT WHEN HE RECOVERED FROM

THE SURGERY, HE STILL FACED

MORE DRUG-RELATED CHARGES.

HIS MOTHER CAME TO THE

SENTENCING TO PRAY FOR HER

SON.

AND AS I WAS STANDING

THERE AND THEY WERE READING

OFF THE CHARGES, I JUST

KNEW -- I KNEW, JUST LIKE I

KNOW THAT THIS HAND

HANDKERCHIEF IS WHITE --

THEY ARE GOING TO SEND ME TO

PRISON.

I SAW MY MOM, OUT IN THE

AUDIENCE, WITH HER HEAD

BOWED, AND SHE WAS PRAYING.

AND THE JUDGE SAID, YOU'RE

WORTH SALVAGING.

I'M NOT GOING TO SEND YOU TO

JAIL.

AND IN MY HEART, I KNOW THAT

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST HEARD

MY MAMA'S PRAYERS ON MY

BEHALF.

Reporter: THE JUDGE

SENT JOHN LEE TO A DRUG

REHAB PROGRAM, WHICH HE

SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED.

HE RELAUNCHED HIS MUSIC

CAREER WITH THREE NEW

ALBUMS, RECEIVED TWO GRAMMY

NOMINATIONS, AND WALKED THE

RED CARPET DRUG-FREE.

AND EVERYONE WHO KNOWS HIM

WILL TELL YOU SOMETHING

REMARKABLE HAS HAPPENED IN

THIS LIFE.

JESUS IS MY GOOD FRIEND.

HE IS A STAR THAT SHINES IN

THE DARKNESS WHEN I DON'T

KNOW WHICH WAY TO GO.

WHEN I'M LONELY, I CAN SPEAK

WITH HIM.

HE'S MY HOPE AND HE'S MY

JOY.

AND HE HAS CAUSED MY NAME

THAT PEOPLE DIDN'T TRUST.

BUT NOW I HAVE A GOOD NAME

AND NOT BECAUSE OF

CELEBRITY, BUT BECAUSE OF

WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR ME.

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