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Music Review: Straalen McCallum – A Little Faith

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While many young singers attempt to follow in Justin Bieber’s footsteps, a 12-year-old boy from Australia chooses to create his own legacy.

Meet Straalen McCallum – the youngest singer ever signed to Sony Music. A week ago he released his debut album called A Little Faith,
which includes a unique mixture of thirteen classic and contemporary songs chosen for their meaning and spiritual message. Among them are titles such as “Smile” (originally composed by Charlie Chaplin), “How Great Thou Art ,” “Hallelujah” (an extremely popular song with young performers), as well as covers of Eric Clapton’s ballad “Tears In Heaven” and the 1996 song by R&B singer R. Kelly “I Believe I Can Fly.”

As a person who has followed Straalen’s career for the past few years, I would note that he is a young man who, despite his immense talent, has his feet firmly on the ground! He is extremely well mannered and polite, handles himself as true professional in interviews and TV appearances, and never fails to make a positive impression.

Straalen, at only 12 years of age, has been able to master his vocals, bringing a pure, perfect-pitch performance on every track. His use of breath control, expression, and interpretation of the song provide a heartfelt performance that is truly music magic. String orchestra, gospel-like backing vocals and masterful mixing enhance the emotive songs included in Straalen’s debut album.

His music is a perfect fit for those moments when one desires to relax and open up to a bigger spirituality. While the peaceful tone of the album is unlikely to appeal to a wide audience in his own age group, it is guaranteed to provide enjoyment to the music connoisseurs who appreciate the purity of the treble voice and the beautiful music arrangements.

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  • porschesrule

    Straalen is a unique young talent. The feeling and depth he brings to his songs, many of which are classics, bely his young age. His interpretative style reminds one of a Sinatra or Tony Bennett. He surely has a great career ahead of him.

  • Kathleen

    Straalen, is amazing