- Typical Gig: 45 - 120 minutes
- Fee: Contact for rates
- Insurance: Traxler Insurance Company
- Languages: English
Billy Ballenger is a motivational speaker who speaks in public schools across America. He comes into the schools with a crew of college age interns (called Break the Grey) who set up a multi-media presentation and perform skits and speak. Break the Grey performs single assemblies, multiple assemblies, or even big events that can last a full week with up to 12 assemblies that end in a huge rock concert. These assemblies challenge students to make healthy choices in the areas of substance abuse, bullying, academics, cutting, gangs, and helps them understand their personal worth.
Billy will also schedule individual speaking engagements. He has appeared on Television around the world, radio shows, and has 7 CD's to his credit. Billy also speaks in churches and youth groups.
As a musician Billy Ballenger performs with his band BALLENGER in many kinds of Concert venues, community events, TV, Radio, and Festivals. While able to provide it's own production BALLENGER offers a cutting edge performance second to none. You can even choose an unplugged concert if you so desire. BALLENGER is a pop rock genre loving every opportunity to engage crowds with positive lyrics & high energy performances.
Break the Grey, Our assembly program, is second to none! We go into schools with backdrops, screens, projectors, and our own sound. Our college age student interns create skits, perform them, dance, speak and put together youth relevant presentations that will change the lives of students in schools of all grades. Break the Grey has presentations for elementary through High School and they will all be life changing for your students.
We use a multi-media approach utilizing every venue that students today relate to. We feature videos, music, dance, skits, slam poetry, humor, interaction and our skilled and charismatic speaker, Billy Ballenger, who will keep your students spell bound and point them to wiser, healthier choices that could very well save their lives.
Break The Grey school assemblies are customized to fit within any timeline or location such as a gym or auditorium. Our staff arrives at your school fully equipped to present the assembly with their own equipment. We feature multimedia screens, video segments relevant skits, quality sound and skilled presentation speakers. Break The Grey, a non-profit organization, has a national scope with a local relevance.
Character Is A Choice
Suicide Is Not An Option
Poverty Doesn't Define You
Beauty Starts With A Heartbeat
The Bully And Insecurity
Life And Death Decisions
Save A Life Or Save A Friendship
Cyber Bullying & Sexting
Don't Harm Beauty: Self Harm/Cutting
Where are my leaders at?
You can change your school atmosphere
Be the difference in your school
Go after your dream
You can overcome your circumstances
Additional Booking Notes
Requirements are based on the unique venue we are performing in. If Ballenger Band is doing a concert, a rider will be provided listing our needs. We travel with our own sound and lighting company who set up for Ballenger Band concerts.
If Bill Ballenger (motivational speaker) and Break the Grey Interns (Break the Grey as an organization consists of a team of college age interns who perform skits, dance, speak and use videos and music to impact their audience), perform, we bring in our own screens, projectors, and sound and simply need a place to plug in and set up.
Contact Val Norton, Director of Operations, for details on what is needed according to your individual needs.
Billy Ballenger was born February 15, 1969 in Franklin, Indiana. He spent the majority of his young life fighting authority and digging himself into a deep pit without the prospect of escape. His birth parents relatively absent from his life, a troubled childhood began. Being bullied at school on an almost daily basis cut Billy's fuse short and he began to push back, becoming violent and disorderly. Early uses of drugs and alcohol propelled him into a downward spiral that eventually led to him buying and selling drugs. As a teenager, he began to systematically dismantle his life piece by piece. Running away from home was the least extreme thing he did during this season of his life. His exodus from the safety of his adoptive parents and into a rebellious environment eventually lead him to juvenile placement at White's Residential and Family Services in Wabash Indiana. It was at Whites where Billy would meet his future wife, Jodie. Both were leading unhealthy lives stacked against the law and eventually fell in love. By age 18, Billy Ballenger was a teenage father and husband sprinting down a corrupt path. He was involved in the teenage party lifestyle, dangerous crimes, and violence.
On September 12, 1988, Billy's lifestyle came to an abrupt end. He and his new wife Jodie had just used the last of their stash of drugs and Billy thought a bath sounded like a good idea. But instead of a relaxing soak, what Billy got was an unwelcome surprise. A SWAT team raided his and Jodie's home, having been dispatched to apprehend Billy for his involvement in the recent violence and burglaries in the area. Still soaking wet, Billy was grabbed and thrown against the wall with the barrel of a 12-gauge pump shotgun pressed against his head. Billy and Jodie were arrested and their young 9 month old daughter Mindy was taken from them. The dismantling of his life was complete. Separated from his wife and his daughter taken from him, Billy would now be looking at the remnants of a wasted life from behind the bars of 4 different prisons. Billy and Jodie were sentenced to 6 years each in the Indiana Department of Corrections.
Faced with the pieces of his life strewn out before him, Billy made a promise to change. Vowing to clean up, he tried tirelessly to gain freedom from prison for himself and Jodie. After another failure in a long string of legal rejections, a judge told Billy to stop asking to get out of prison early. Amazingly, less than 2 months after the Ballengers were told by the court to stop wasting their time trying to get an early release, the judge had a sudden, unexplainable change of heart. Both Billy and Jodie were released from prison one year early. What's more, their daughter Mindy was returned to them with no strings attached. It was nothing less than a modern day miracle. And the Ballengers stood fast to the vow Billy made in prison.
Billy finds purpose in life by helping young people who have dug themselves into the same hopeless pit he found himself in. With a vision for helping others get off drugs and alcohol, Billy shares his story through his many speaking opportunities.
He also finds ways of sharing hope through his music. As a singer-songwriter Billy Ballenger's passion for music came as a young boy living in Taylorsville, Indiana in the late 1970's. It was there he remembers playing old Beatles and Beach Boys records while he slept in order to memorize the lyrics and be able to sing them on his own. Several years after Billy was released from prison his music finally developed into a professional carrier and has led to performances Internationally in China, Russia, the United States and on international television. This has allowed Billy to share his story with millions of people around the world.
After the release of several Cd's his passions eventually came to a head and combined into an organization now called "Break the Grey". Break the Grey tours public schools providing character development assemblies, culminating in high-energy pop/rock concert productions sponsored by local communities wanting to bring hope to today's youth. Since it's beginning in 2005 BTG has exploded. It's grown exponentially, developing a national reach, with an influence across the United States. In 2010, Break the Grey launched an internship program, training young people on how to guide their peers toward a healthier style of living.
Billy Ballenger hasn't had a drop of alcohol or touched an illegal drug since his arrest in 1988. His relationship with his wife is stronger than ever before. His organization is thriving and his music is finding ever-growing success. But more than any of this, Billy is rewarded most when a student comes to him and says, "Thank you for changing my life." And it's this that Billy hopes to hear from every young person searching for help in the public schools all across North America.