In early 2010, Gleam Joel came to Los Angeles and produced "Still Standing The Musical" a biography of his life written with Ed Rampell, a free lance writer for the LA Times. In May 2010, he took the production cast of 24 to Switzerland on a promotional tour, performing to sold out shows.
“Standing the Musical "From the Streets to the Stage”
By Gleam Joel and Ed Rampell
Still Standing the Musical "From the Streets to the Stage" is a Hip-Hop, Rap, R'n'B and Pop musical performed with live music and dance. Still Standing the Musical is based on the real life of rapper Gleam Joel and is set in Nairobi, Kenya. There the teen-aged Gleam Joel struggles to overcome a troubled family background, school conflicts and the thug life of gangstas, gang-life and drug abuse through music and spirituality. Young Gleam Joel endures an abusive father, gangland crimes, police brutality, marijuana, cocaine and crystal meth, a car crash, betrayal, the Al Qaeda bombing of the U.S. embassy in Nairobi, the loss of love, jail and more, as he struggles to belong and find meaning in life.
When Gleam seeks a sign for salvation he has a divine intervention and is given a golden opportunity to develop his God-given musical talent by studying abroad at a music academy in the peaceful nation of Switzerland. Embracing his destiny, Gleam turns his back on his violent past and accepts the living light and love of God. He marches towards the glowing white cross inside of the Swiss flag and leaves for Switzerland, destined to become a celebrated rapper and prominent anti-substance abuse, anti-violence leader who will spread the path to enlightenment through the music of today’s youth.