Steven Tyler is the legendary frontman for Aerosmith. His face is instantly recognizable to anyone who sees it, but he says this new project is the only thing that matters to him now.
Tyler has publicly struggled with alcohol and substance abuse, and now he wants to use his influence and wealth to help young girls conquer their own battles. That's why he's started “Janie's Fund.” Tyler describes what the mission of his house is:
“Mostly, it takes young girls in. Its got a staff, and its got some therapists, and its got people for them to talk to, and its got people for them to deal with health issues. It’s the full megillah in here."
He is very open about his own involvement in the 12-step program, and explains that this house is a manifestation of “passing it on”:
"That’s what we want in the end, is for them to be able to figure out what’s going on, and get good from the inside out, and be able to pass it on.
I’m also in a 12-step program, and it’s about passing it on. It’s about learning about what’s going wrong and maybe making it right for someone else."
Despite his rock 'n' roll legacy, he sees this project as the most important thing he's ever done:
“If there’s maybe a glimmer of hope for them, that’s all I care about. If just one girl sees it, one, then I’m happy … it makes my heart explode … way beyond anything that’s ever made it feel good.”
Tyler credits music's ability to open him up to a spiritual reality as the catalyst that's helped him get better. He wishes to be able to communicate this to the girls his fund helps:
“As a musician we get to tap in to some spirituality that some people spend their whole lives looking for.”
Steven Tyler has received many blessings in his life, and now he gets to experience why it's better to give than to receive.