Being autistic comes with hardships. Some people suffer from things like depression, social anxiety disorder, or generalized anxiety disorder. Though these disorders can be unfortunate to those who have autism, there are ways through it.
10-year-old Calum Courtney has autism, but he does not let it stop him from doing what he loves. Calum was in the grocery store ASDA raising money for Basildon MIND, when he started singing. The young boy covered a terrific version of Smokey Robinson’s Who’s Lovin You, and he gained confidence and fans.
His mother, Tupney explained to Dailymail that, “Calum has high functioning autism – for him this means blurred social boundaries, struggles with school and difficulties with friendships, but also that enables him to have no fear to get up and belt out a song.”
Music is his “superpower.
Yes, Calum battles autism day to day, but the things that he may lack, he picks up heavy in other areas. His mother says that, “We describe his autism to him as a superpower, it may take a little from other areas of life, but it’s given him the superpower of music.”
His mother added that no matter how many people he is in front of, he will sing. Singing in ASDA was not his first encounter with showcasing his talent. He previously sung on the same stage as Emile Sandé and JP Cooper at the NSPCC Winter Charity Ball in aid of the National Autistic Society. Calum also auditioned for The Voice, but got turned down. He did not let rejection dim his spirit and love for music, and now his voice is being appreciated.
After his aunt recorded him singing in ASDA and posted it to Facebook, which as earned Calum plenty of fans. His mother told Dailymail that the young boy is excited that people love his voice. “Calum has been screaming into pillows and running around the house shouting with his little brother in excitement, he cannot believe how much people enjoy his singing.”
Even though Calum is a great singer, he never knew how great he was until his recent performance.
His mom said that after seeing the video, he said: “’He did not realize how good he was until he saw the video, he said: “Mum, I’m actually really good”.’ As surprised as he is that people love his voice, he did come from a family of talent. According to his mother, he taught himself how to play the drums when he was a year old and his grandparents were on the West End.
The West End is a popular mainstream theatre for professional, and Calum’s grandparents starred in it. She explained that his grandparents “were brought together through their love for performing so it’s only right Calum has some of that naturally.”
Getting this positive attention makes the autistic boy feel accepted, his mom added. “Calum struggles to fit in the world, so it means the world to him to finally be accepted for something.” Since his video, he has become popular and “gets stopped all the time.”The attention has made him confident and he has gained attention from the music industry.
A music producer hopes to collaborate with Calum to write a charity single with him in the new year. His “superpower” voice has given him confidence and opportunities. And, best of all, he enjoys singing. His mom said that, “He loves how it feels and hearing the sound of his voice when he sings.”