Colin Alexander Brennan (born July 5, 2002)is a very young artist and is Autistic, (high functioning) He was singing before he could talk. His parents have VHS movies of him singing full songs by the Care Bears when he was only 4 years old! He was born and raised in Oakville, Ontario Canada. His current favorite artists are Justin Bieber, Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Hedley, Kesha, Sarah Mclachlan, Nikki Yanofsky, Pink, and K'naan. Colin had to have extensive speech therapy to talk in full sentences, but NEVER had to have any therapy to sing! He just cannot help himself. Whenever he hears a song, he has to sing it loud! His autism gives him some special abilities. He can listen to a song that he likes a lot and memorize all the words in a very short time. He can remember the song months later like he just heard it yesterday. His Autism also gives him perfect pitch on so many songs that have high pitch notes. He has been singing "professionally" only for a few months now and he is really enjoying it, especially when he goes to the recording studio. He does have one original song which his father wrote for him for an America's Got Talent video contest, but there is no actual music to it yet, (working on that). He was one of the top ten finalists in the Nationwide Teletoon Network television Karaoke contest. While he did not win that contest because he did not get enough mouse clicks from the public, he did win in raw talent. The Contest Director was cheering him to win! Currently, Colin is singing in the prestigious Oakville Children's Choir. Colin was asked by the owner/DJ of an internet radio station in Arkansas USA, (KXBG with over 35,000 listeners) to send him a CD of his songs after hearing him on You-Tube and Facebook. During the first week that Colin's songs were being played Monday through Friday at 3:58 p.m., he charted on their Top 40 chart with him reaching #15 for his Baby song and #17 for his I Believe song. Two weeks later, his One Time song charted at number 24! Given that Colin just turned 8 years old during that time and he didn't have any formal vocal training, the sky is the limit! Colin has recorded 10 cover songs at River 16 Studio's in Oakville. They are:
I got a Feeling (Originally by The Black Eyed Peas)
Party in the USA (Originally by Miley Cyrus)
Eenie Meenie (Originally by Justin Bieber and Sean Kingston)
Baby (Originally by Justin Bieber)
One Time (Originally by Justin Bieber)
I believe (Originally by Nikki Yanofsky)
One Voice (Originally by Billy Gilman)
My Time on Earth (Originally by Billy Gilman)
Where is Love (From the 1968 Movie, Oliver Twist)
F***king Perfect (Without the swear word, originally by Pink)
He has one original song called..."I'm Awake Now" His parents have been saving up their money to try to get some music to go along with it
Colin's parents have tried to raise him as "normal" as possible. Colin has been so humble and very professional during all that has been happening to him in the past few months with his singing. The owner of the River 16 Studio (Rob Lackie) was so impressed at how easy it was to work many long hours with Colin during his studio recording times. "He's no Diva" he said, and "believe me I've met my fair share of Diva's in this business!" All of this singing for other people started with Colin asking his father one night to audition for The Next Star singing competition on YTV Television Network. His father had no clue what he was talking about and after doing the research on the show and watching the TV commercials that got Colin "hooked" on wanting to compete he was happy to drive him to the audition hotel. He was nervous for Colin as there were 4000 other children who were auditioning. Colin was excited to go but had Zero nerves or butterflies in his belly. That was reserved for his father! He made it through two of three Tiers in that competition and it ended there. The staff was so impressed with him that they still remember him today! He was just 7 years old at that time. The same thing happened during the audition to be accepted into the Oakville Children's Choir. The music Director put him through many vocal tests, and his father was a nervous wreck for him. Colin did everything asked of him and sang his Christmas song like it was just another day at the office.
For the past year, Colin has made a few videos which have been posted on Youtube. He has a following of a few hundred people who eagerly look forward to the next video to be posted. Several people have commented that they love his singing so much, that they have downloaded it onto their iPods to listen to while they are exercising.
Colin and his Father just recently returned from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada where Colin was invited and asked to sing the Canadian National Anthem in front of 200 people at the UBC Robson Square Theatre in the Downtown Vancouver core. The event was called the ANCA Naturally Autistic People Awards. After singing the Anthem for the audience, Colin also sang a duet with an international award winning Metis singer, Janet Panic. They both performed her "It will all work out" theme song together on stage at the end of the show. During the intermission and at the end of the event, audience members came up to Colin and his Father and said they had goosebumps and were on the verge of tears listening to Colin sing!
Recently at the newly founded radio station Xtrasound in Shirley Arkansas USA, Colin charted among the top 10 out of 40 for three of his cover songs. He came in 3rd, 4th and 8th out of 40! He was with so many other talented artists it was amazing that he was voted into their league at such a young age.
Check out Colin at the ANCA Awards. On www.youtube.com. Search for "2010 International Naturally Autistic« People Awards Event slide show".
Check out Colin's first music video. Go to www.youtube.com and search for "Colin sings Baby. (Cover)"
Check out Colin's second music video. Go to www.youtube.com and search for Colins Christmas song 2010 mp4
Check out Colin's third music video. Go to www.youtube,com and search for Colin Sings I Gotta Feeling (Cover)
Also check out all of Colin's you-tube video's at his Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/gurdy44
You can also join Colin's Facebook fanpage at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Colin-Brennan-Music/159123847466775
Colin has just recently become a vocal student with an amazing vocal coach. His name is Gregory Cross at the Cross Vocal Academy. He is helping him to discover many new methods to sing and new genres of music. Mr. Cross appeared as M. Firmin in the award winning Toronto production of Phantom of the Opera and on London's West End in Miss Saigon. He has 35 years + as a professional vocalist.
Colin recently competed again in The Next Star Vocal competition this year held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Downtown Toronto. As he did last year he made it through two of three very tough rounds when thousands of other young singers didn't even make it through the very first round. The 5 Producers/Judges told Colin when he sang "Baby" for them that he was better than Justin Beiber. He also sang "One Voice" for them full out. They also told him that he sang up their strict standards and that he was very cute and they loved his outfit. When Colin told them he was Autistic, they said that was amazing! We still do not understand why they will not let him through to the final round, we guess because of his younger age, as we have noticed that the singers that do make it through all three rounds are in their pre-teen age group.
Just recently, the Founder and one Leader singer to the well known group/band The Cucumbers, Mr. Jon Fried from New Jersey USA put together music on his guitar along with some additions to the Lyrics of Colin's first original song, "I'm Awake Now". He did all this for free! He uploaded an unlisted you-tube video of the song for Colin to see and hear to learn the song. We thank Jon and his wife, Deena, for all their extremely generous time and efforts to make Colin's first original song a reality!
As of 2012 he continues to shine and work on music. Check out his new and recent videos via YouTube. We all are looking forward in seeing Colin shine on in years to come.