I’m not even sure how today’s young artist caught my attention but there was no doubt I felt he was a show stopper. I didn’t waste any time writing his parents through his website and Facebook page to find out more about him. I’m so happy that his parents agreed to share his story with me and I’m excited to now introduce you to the amazing young showman, Colin Trace Chandler. While this youngster is not yet a teenager he is entertaining large audiences and sharing the stage with some of our Nations best Country Artists.
“There is not really a “defining” or “aha” moment when we realized Colin had a knack for musical performance”,
his parents explained. He has always shown an inclination for the arts. Colin never really wanted to play with toy trucks or hot wheels. Instead he wanted to sing with a karaoke machine or do a skit on the fireplace hearth for the family. Even today he and his sisters are constantly working up make-shift stages at home to put on their concerts or plays. Looking back, Colin now says,
“I have known I wanted to be a performer for as long as I can remember.”
His folks joked about Colin being destined to be a performer and a lover of music from the time he was in the womb. His mother told me,
Not only was the show phenomenal, but Tommy was at his very best giving it his all, very much realizing that this was his last performance on that stage.
It was not only a pleasure to watch his performance but even a greater pleasure to personally meet him backstage at the meet and greet, presenting him with a very special tribute gift that was presented by this site and The Skykid.com. (See picture)
I have been doing my best to catch up with Tommy because I was very interested in knowing just how a young performer like himself who was seemingly at a pinnacle in his young career could possibly follow up this kind of highpoint and showcase performance. What could possibly match the momentum of this kind of celebrity status?
I soon found out that talented youngsters like Tommy don’t stop dancing their way through life. Instead, it’s one adventure just leading to another. Below is his personal letter exactly as he related it to me.
“This is Tommy Batchelor.
My last show with Billy Elliot Chicago was October 10, 2010; a day of weeping and long goodbyes.
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I immediately came home to rehearsals for Miami City Ballet’s The Nutcracker, performing as Prince/ The Nutcracker in December.