18 year old singer-songwriter, guitarist, Aston Creed from South Africa, has been labeled a Rockstar prodigy who is way beyond his years. Performing with his family band, “Not Fragile” from the early age of 11, he has hosted some of South Africa’s biggest Biker Rallies, performed in various Theatre Productions and was in the top 100 for both “South Africa’s Got Talent” and ” Idols SA”.
In addition to these achievements, at age 12, he was a guest performer at Sun City Super Bowl, which is home to top international artists.
Aston also won the Yamaha Young Talent Competition for the first song he ever wrote and recorded himself: “Guns Down”- an anti- violence, anti -war song.
Aston Creed original “Guns Down”
Other achievements include – entertaining the international crowds on stage at the 2010 Fifa World Cup and doing charity gigs, including the “Rocking For Rhinos Campaign”. His song, “Tonight”, was chosen and features on the “Rocking for Rhinos” CD to help raise money and awareness to protect our rhinos from extinction.
Aston performs “Hey Joe” live at Rocking for Rhinos
In the fall of last year I came across a YouTube site called Puercultura A&R that is owned and maintained by a musician/vocal technique specialist, from South Africa. At the time he was featuring a number of young student vocalists on his site. As I began to view several of the videos, I was especially drawn to one young vocalist who I immediately recognized as a diamond in the rough!
When Jared Cardona introduced his first video, a cover of Billy Gilman’s song “One Voice”, I could immediately see that this youngster had both charisma and personality. He was not a bit shy or timid in his performance and showed no sign of nervousness whatsoever. While maybe not a polished performer yet, Jared’s vocal was pure, clean, and pitch perfect in fact almost angelic like! This alone was a show stopping performance for me.
Jared sings cover of Billy Gilman’s “One Voice”.
This debut video prompted me to leave a complementary comment on his instructors YouTube Site. I had kind of forgotten about leaving the comment, but then a few weeks later I received a very nice letter inviting me to get in touch with them to learn more about Jared and his amazing natural singing talent.
While Jared’s background does not include a long litany of musical events or life experiences, his story begins uniquely just in the fact that his debut video presently has exceeded Twenty-Six Thousand views.