Quite often I’m referred to young talent that makes me take a second look, but not often do I find a youngster who is quite as multi-talented as eleven year old TJ Lasinski or better known as TJ Prodigy. Not only is TJ a talented singer, rapper, and dancer, but also a powerful spokesman for a cause that is one of the most important issues of today’s society. Unlike many youngsters his age who are mainly interested in just building a musical career, you could say that TJ is a young artist who is on a life changing mission. In fact his mission is called just that! (Challenge For Change)
Many of the feature articles published here begin when a parent first noticed their child could sing, or showed some form of musical interest. In TJ’s case you could say that he was born a true bouncing boy! His mother shared with me that as early as the age of five TJ was bouncing on the trampoline. However, he was not just bouncing but doing his very first back flips. At six years old he was already performing consecutive back flips. This could be where the bounce comes in his music which not only captivates his audience but also helps to communicate his message to others who may otherwise turn a deaf ear.
TJ has always been very close to his older sister Shelby age 17, who always enjoys having the camera rolling on her little brother. When TJ was 9, he found the benefit of YouTube and Google and began searching for tutorials on break-dance moves, such as the windmill, the coffee grinder, the pin drop, and the 6 step! He practiced and practiced every day, tearing the kitchen apart to turn it into his little dance studio. In February of 2011, TJ was asked to perform in the high school cabaret. He performed a break dance routine with his sister to the song “Dynamite” and also sang the song “Baby” by Justin Bieber. TJ was the only elementary school student in the entire show, and he enjoyed it immensely. This was his very first performance in front of people.