Setting aside special time each week just to listen to new young vocalists is one of my favorite things to do.Â While I receive many requests via YouTube and e-mail to check out various talented singers, what thrills me even more is when I accidentally stumble upon a talent that jumps out of obscurity and hits me square in the face.
Such was the case with fourteen year old Colton Jacobson.
Heralding from Frisco, Texas Colton Jacobson is a young musical prodigy with a big voice and with music seemingly running through his veins.
I sat in awe as I watched and listened to each of his YouTube videos that included covers by Adel, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Jessie J, and BeyoncÃ©.Â Often I will skip off to a new channel after one or two videos, but Colton stopped me dead in my tracks.Â I could not leave until I heard every one of his covers.
While every video was more than enjoyable, Coltonâ€™s cover of â€œFireworksâ€ by Katy Perry and Adelâ€™s â€œSet Fire To The Rainâ€ were for me the most impressive.Â His A capella portion in â€œSet Fire To The Rainâ€ allowed me to really note how pitch perfect he could be.Â Stepping away from his piano accompaniment for just those few bars more than captured my attention and drew me in.Â It was then and there that I had to discover more about this tremendously talented Texas teen.
Colton currently resides in Frisco, Texas where he has lived since he was four years old. Born just 15 miles north in a small town of just a little more than 5,000 people called Celina, which is in the heart of Collin and Denton County, Texas.
Unlike most artists, Colton did not express any interest in music until he was in 4th grade. Â His dad recalled;
â€œI remember attending a talent show with Colton at his elementary school where the 5th grade children were showcasing their talents.Â On the way home from the show, Colton turned to me and said â€œdad, I want to sing in the talent show next yearâ€.Â Of course, I was a bit surprised because he had never expressed any interest in performing in front of a large audience.Â The following spring, during Coltonâ€™s 5th grade year, Colton signed up for the talent show and made the decision to sing a song without a backing track or musical accompaniment.Â The song Colton decided to sing was â€œImagineâ€ by the Beatles.Â When the big night arrived, his mother and I were both petrified with nerves awaiting Coltonâ€™s big performance.Â When the MC called out Coltonâ€™s name, he confidently walked out on to the stage and like a true professionalÂ began to sing his song.Â When he started singing, you could hear a pin drop, which is hard to do in an auditorium of more than 200 people.Â By the time Colton finished the first verse of the song, the crowd was on their feet cheering Colton on.Â When he approached the final verse of the song, the audience was roaring with excitement and gave Colton a standing ovation.Â It was at that moment; Colton became aware of his God given vocal talent and knew exactly what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.â€
Soon after this amazing debut performance experience Colton began taking piano and singing lessons at a local music studio. When Colton was 12 years old, he was asked to sing the National Anthem for the Frisco Rough Riders (Texas Rangerâ€™s AA Baseball Franchise) after participating in an open audition. That same year, Colton was one of eight young artists whom were hand selected from a nationwide search to audition for Simon Fullerâ€™s Boy Band for the Next Generation Project (co-produced by Jamie King and Perez Hilton) in Los Angeles, CA.
In late 2010, Colton joined the Septien Entertainment Group based out of Dallas, TX where he is fortunate enough to receive vocal coaching from Linda Septien.Â Ms. Septien is known for coaching some of the most successful young musical talent in the industry today such as Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez and Jessica Simpson.Â In June 2011, Colton received the prestigious honor of being asked to join the Septien Entertainment Groupâ€™s Master Artist Program.
In July of 2011, Colton introduced himself to the world via YouTube.Â In less than 5 months, his YouTube videos have received over 430,000 views.Â He has over 10,500 Subscribers and 19,900 Friends on his YouTube Channel.Â In the same period of time, he has accumulated over 39,000 Twitter followers and has received more than 3,200 Facebook likes on his Facebook Fan Page.Â Coltonâ€™s popularity is growing by the day.Â He is quickly building an army of fans that are truly inspired by his music.
As a result of Coltonâ€™s viral success, he has had the opportunity to perform at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX.Â He has also performed at McKinney Performing Arts Center along with American Idol Season 8 finalist Michael Sarver and American Idol Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks as well as opened for American Idol contestant Tim Halperin at the 2011 Plano October-Feast. To give back to his local community, Colton also recorded the song â€œMary Did You Knowâ€ on a Christmas Album sponsored by Bethlehem Place benefiting families in need.
Colton just recently returned from Tampa, FL where he partnered with TMI Entertainment to record his debut album titled â€œNow or Neverâ€, scheduled to be released via Notloc Records, LLC (Independent Record Label) in June 2012 with his first single from the album to be released on iTunes, Amazon and other digital distribution sources as well as radio in early February 2012. Fans are encouraged to join Coltonâ€™s Fan List to receive up to date information on the release of his original music.
Colton aspires to become an international pop icon so that he can one day pay it forward and inspire future generations to reach for their dreams.
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