Connor Blackley has always been an amazing vocalist!
From the very first article I wrote about him, I saw a tremendous young talented singer, whose skills and abilities were destined to carry him on a great adventure, ultimately fulfilling his dream to become a Pop/ Country recording artist. In fact I likened him to a miniature Garth Brooks in the making!
While Connor is very versatile and should not be locked into just one genre, I think you will agree that when he sings a country ballad he demands your attention. Even more so now, with his treble days behind him, Connor’s new mature, full sounding vocals, draw you in delivering even greater meaning to the songs he performs.
I’m very happy to debut his latest single cover here for your enjoyment! If you have been keeping up with Connor on this site, you’re going to be amazed at his brand new sound in this cover of “Anymore by: Travis Tritt!
In my last update I announced that Connor and his good friend and singing partner Cortnie Frazier had won the opportunity to audition for Simon Crowell’s new reality singing competition show X-Factor.
While I wish I could tell you that we will be seeing Connor perform this fall, he and Cortnie were not selected to go further in the competition. Regardless of this decision for this year, these two fine young singers not only enjoyed a wonderful experience, but also were benefited by some terrific local media attention prior to their audition for the show.
Recently I was overjoyed to hear that Connor Blackly of Florida was awarded a front of the line audition pass for Simon Cowell’s new Talent Show X-Factor which will air this fall on Fox. Connor was first introduced on this blog more than a year and a half ago and his vocals have become even more pronounced and much deeper. I have often toted that Connor would someday become a Country Star and he has just won an opportunity to possibly sing for America on this American Idol type show in front of a panel of judges.
Of course we don’t want to get too far ahead of the process as his audition for the show will not take place for another couple of weeks. However this is one blogger that has more than his fingers crossed for this young artist.
I asked his Mother to present a blow by blow account of how this all came about and she sent me the following letter to share with all of you.
“I was watching TV when I saw on Fox 30 News (a Jacksonville station), that they were having a “X-Factor Front of the Line Pass Contest“. They were conducting a contest at Latitude 30 (a family type club, w/ a bowling alley, arcade, restaurant, comedy/music theater), and they were going to pick 2 acts to win an all expense paid trip to Dallas for the actual X-Factor auditions, providing them with front of the line passes.
Connor had told me weeks earlier that he wanted to audition for the X-Factor, but the closest one to us, was the Miami audition, and besides the 6 hour drive on a weekday, Connor was previously committed to another engagement, so it didn’t happen. When I told him about the contest, he was very psyched, and said that he wanted to audition with his duet partner, Cortnie Frazier (age 12). I called Cortnie’s grandmother, Lawana, and she said that Cortnie would love to audition with Connor. So we coordinated outfits and the kids decided on the stage name of “C Squared” since their names both start with “C”. Continue reading “Connor Blackley of Florida 2011 X-Factor Hopeful!”