Duncan Butler

by Terry Watson | August 5th, 2011
Duncan Butler

Duncan Butler (Photo by Tiger Butler)

Greensboro native Duncan Alson Butler was born in into a family full of musical talents. Duncan’s father, the late Charles Alson Butler, recorded several gospel songs with the King Stars Quartet. The Butler family sang as a family and his mother and siblings have been involved in various aspects of music including church musicians, music teachers and band members.

Butler began his musical journey at the age of nine when his family recorded a song written by his mother titled “I’m Looking for a Home”. In his high school years, he taught himself to play the piano and would go onto play in his schools orchestra for six years. Duncan continued his musical career by performing in several venues at the Apollo Theater. He also participated in several musical competitions where he placed as the regional winner of the 1987 Budweiser Showcase and first place in 1999 of the Great American Gospel Fest in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In 2000, Butler was a featured artist on Inspiration across America, a national radio show.

Butler has always aspired to touch other lives through his music. He has been privileged to perform for many phenomenal men and women such as Maya Angelo, Jessie Jackson, Martin Luther King III, Maxine Waters and other musical producers and artists. Duncan serves in his community as the Minister of Music for two local churches and is actively involved as a volunteer for several non-profit organizations. Butler is a member of the Association for Disciples Musicians and assistant chapter representative for Gospel Music Workshop of America (Greensboro Chapter). He owns and operates Music by Duncan, where he teaches keyboard for ages five through adulthood. He also contracts with Guilford Preparatory Academy and Erwin Montessori Schools to provide grade level children music lessons. Duncan has played for countless churches and has volunteered with various nonprofit organizations such as The Red Cross, Moses Cone Hospital, McLeanville’s Prison, Urban Ministry and has recently became a DUNCAN ALSON BUTLER Stephan Chaplain.

With all the notable things he has accomplished out of passion and much time he has given of himself from the heart, Butler is now fighting for his life. Five years ago, he was diagnosed with kidney disease, which has worsened to stage-4 kidney failure. Doctors say a kidney transplant is critical to his survival, and he was recently added to the transplant waiting list at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. This family man has been married to his wife Kimberly for 10 years, which has produced two daughters. Butler is looking forward to the lifesaving transplant that will give him back his normal, healthy life and allow him to spend many years watching his children grow up.

The cost of a kidney transplant is approximately $250,000 and that’s only the beginning. Even with health coverage, Butler faces considerable medical expenses related to his transplant. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. The cost of post-transplant medications can range from $2,000 to $5,000 per month – and they are as critical to his survival as the transplant itself. The National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) is working with volunteers and supporters to help relieve the growing burden of expenses for Butler and his family. NFT has been assisting transplant patients with advocacy and fundraising support for 28 years.

Butler is asking for your help. Your gift of any amount will enable NFT to provide Butler with the financial support he desperately needs. Please visit www.transplants.org to make a secure online donation. Click on Patients We Help and search for Duncan Butler or if you would like to become an organ donor and help patients like Butler, please visit online at

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