I think I have said it before, shopping is not one of my favorite things to do. There has to be something good going on in the mall to keep up my interest to stay at one of these places. After all I am not a shop-till-you-drop kind of guy. In fact I am the complete opposite, a more of a get-in, get-it and get-out person. I know that there are a lot of people that really enjoy shopping and consider the mall more of a meeting place and a place to get together with friends rather than just a place to buy your weekly groceries.
For shoppers at the “Eastgate Centre” in Basildon UK, their day was turned into something rather more special than just the usual grind of filling up a basket. There in the center of the aisle was a young boy by the name of Calum Courtney. This special 10-year-old suffers from a mind form of “Autism” but that certainly doesn’t stop him from doing what he loves most, singing. While the shoppers were walking around looking for this and that, Calum started to sing his rendition of the Smokey Robinson classic “Who’s Lovin’ You”.
Calums mom, Tupney, was on hand to record the show on her phone so that Calums dad, who was at work, could see it later in the day. She said, “I do not think people thought that it was Calum singing at first and it was just the music in the shop”. But soon the people in the center started to realized that the beautiful tones were coming from this young man standing in the ailes for all to see. His mom went on to say “He is always singing around the house and performing in public has never been a problem. The more people, the better for Calum when he is performing”. Calum had no idea that he was so talented until he saw the video that his mom had shot “Mum, I’m actually really good,” was what he said after viewing his performance.
Tupney’s sister Katy uploaded the clip onto Facebook where it got an incredible 975-thousand views, catching the eye of a writer/producer who decided to write a charity single for Calum to be recorded sometime this year. His powerful voice will leave you wanting more as he makes this timeless classic his own. Calum is no stranger to performing for charities, and has performed with Emile Sandé and JP Cooper at a charity ball in aid of the “National Autistic Society” in the UK.
I somehow get the feeling that this will not be the last time we will hear the name Calum Courtney, and I strongly recommend buying his charity record when it is released. Not only is it for a worthy cause, but it may also launch the career of many artist like young Calum.