Amazing is a word that may be over used at times along with Awesome, Super, and Fantastic. However, when it comes to young singing sensation Sam Santiago, somehow they all just fit.
I recently spent a week in California visiting the Santiago Family and was privileged to follow along with Sam and his family as they went about their daily schedules. I have to tell you that this family leads an exciting and busy life. Of course they were not only wonderful hosts to my wife and I but it gave me an inside opportunity to see just what a fine oiled machine their family has become in order to keep up with Sam’s busy entertainment schedule. Of course this is not even to mention Sam’s school schedule, concerts, and activities that every normal soon to be ten year old has as part of his daily life.
Our first weekend was filled with excitement right off the bat, (Pun intended), as Sam was scheduled once again to sing the National Anthem for the Minor League Storm Baseball Team game that Sunday.
We arrived early for a practice run around 11:00 am. The field was in the grooming process and looked brilliant and colorful with fresh stripes of white outlining the bases and gorgeous green fields. Sam walked confidently to the front of the bullpen area and took the mic from our host. What a treat to hear Sam’s young vibrant voice rattle the empty arena with his clear sounding acappella rendition of our National Anthem. If you would like to hear and see the practice run visit Young Artists Global Facebookwhere that exclusive is posted.
While visiting the area in and around Los Angeles this past week, we were thrilled to meet up with two outstanding young actors who are also both amazing dancers and performers. I invited them to meet me at the Hard Rock Café about halfway down the CityWalk to Universal Studios. I of course was celebrating the day at Universal with the prolific young vocalist/performer Sam Santiago and his family during our stay with them in Irvine.
The restaurant was empty at the time of our arrival which actually surprised me and the waiter quickly provided a table for our party of Ten. As we all found a seat everyone began to arrive. I walked outside to meet Christian Traeumer and his mother Tomasine who I already knew were delightful people, but meeting them both in person was a true joy! I immediately found Christian to be an effervescent, fun loving, humorous, and bubbly young man demonstrating the kind of personality that lights up a room as soon as he walks in. Since they were the first to arrive I had the opportunity to visit one on one with the both of them before the arrival of our second guests.
We were just beginning to order when Jay Jay Warren and his mother Beverly walked in. Jay Jay immediacy approached me with an outstretched hand. His warm personality drew everyone to him like a magnet as he walked around the table making self introductions. I found Jay Jay to be full of life and always smiling. In fact, the entire time the joy he expressed on his face made me realize that this young man was on the rise for more reasons than one! His mother Beverly was also amazingly charming so it’s easy to see the apple does not fall far from the tree here.