Australian Teen Remakes Thriller

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Fourteen year old rising YouTube star, Ky Baldwin has created his own remake of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Ky has covered many popular hits, including several by his idol Michael Jackson.

Baldwin was born in Australia in April 2001. Ky began his career as a dancer and it wasn’t until he reached 10-years-old that he started his first singing lessons. His teacher had him singing Michael Jackson who quickly became his biggest influence.

He released his first EP, “The Beginning”, in 2014 and the music video for his first original single, “You Make Me Wanna Dance can be watched on his You Tube channel, along with several covers and exclusive content.

In 2011, Ky was a semi finalist on Australia’s Got Talent with his tap dancing abilities and he participated on The Voice Kids in 2014.

Ky has performed in several musicals, such as “Love Never Dies”, “Under Milk Wood” and “Mary Poppins”, and has done TV commercials and films.

Ky enjoys singing, dancing, playing guitar, piano, drums and dabbling in the art of songwriting. He spends a lot of his time street performing in Sydney, planning, filming and editing his You Tube videos with the support of family and friends. He calls his guitar his best friend and likes composing music that gives him a buzz.

With his success, Ky has had his struggles as well:

“I am physically very small with a high voice so get a bit of negativity about that and sometimes it is hard to be taken very seriously but it doesn’t bother me at all. I think it’s kind of silly that people judge a person on that and I actually quite like it.

I have had girls as young as 8 tell me they hate me when of course they don’t know me. I have been told I’m gay because my voice hasn’t dropped yet. It’s water off a ducks back to me, it actually just highlights their character, but I can’t help but think that this bullying online is becoming so common place that it has to leak out into the real world. I have girls all the time contact me that they are bullied and it’s so sad. I’d love us all to stop and think – is that really the person you want to be.”

Ky offers the following advice to young people who have big dreams:

“My first advice is what my mum instills in myself and my sister often. Character first – talent second. The second is no good to the world if the first is not achieved. The second thing is work hard and be confident and enjoy the journey. The third thing which is equally as important is to get the right people to teach you and to be around you and never stop learning.”

You can find out more about Ky on his official website.

Behind the Scenes Michael Jackson’s Thriller cover

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Sources: All Things Michael| Ky Baldwin | Touchlight Talent

Motown The Musical’s Nathaniel Cullors Talks About Being Michael

Sources: Theater Jones – By Cathy O’Neal | All Things Michael

Age: 14

Born: In Okinawa Japan, lives in San Antonio, TX

First Film: Red Cape. Directed and funded by college student, still not finished.

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How did you get the part in Motown the Musical?

My aunt told my mom about the show because she had gone to see it, so my mom looked it up and saw they were having an open audition. She sent them the video of me singing “Who’s Loving You” in my sixth-grade talent show, which is one of the songs in the show. I originally booked one week in New York with the show, then one of the boys in the show left, and they put me in, so I did the Broadway show. Then, I got called to do the tour. We’ve been on the tour for a couple of weeks, but I have been with the show for nine months.

How did you prepare to play someone as well known as Michael Jackson?

I like to call it “YouTube University.” Because we live in this day and age, all you have to do is type “Michael Jackson” into the computer, and you can see everything about him — his family, his performances, his influences. Michael Jackson didn’t so much make up moves, he imitated ones he saw on TV and in concerts, so that’s what I did. I looked up James Brown [one of Jackson’s major influences] and watched his moves and then I watched how Michael Jackson did James Brown’s moves. The crowds expect to see Michael Jackson in the show, not Nathaniel Cullors, but Michael Jackson.

What age is Michael Jackson in the show?

It’s when he auditioned for Motown when he was 11 with his brothers, the entire Jackson Five.

What songs do you sing in the show?

I sing four of the Jackson Five’s major hits: “Who’s Loving You,” “ABC,” “I Want You Back” and “I’ll Be There,” but only portions of the last three. Like a medley.

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Who worked with you to prepare you?

In New York, I had a voice teacher who helped me. How I sing in the show, that’s not at all how I sing in real life. She really helped me push my voice to the next level to be louder and better. The moves are pretty open. They give you a set of moves that you have to do, but then, they tell you to add your own moves. That’s what makes Motown different. They don’t give you all the exact moves, they want you to add your own things to it. I basically do the same moves every night, but I might add an extra spin to it on some nights. I’ve figured out how I want to do it. Some nights I do more than other nights.

Is there anything in the show or about being Michael Jackson that you, Nathaniel, relate to?

When I met Berry Gordy, he said that I reminded him of Michael. Now that I’m 14, I relate to when a news reporter asked Michael Jackson what he would do about his voice changing, and he said, “It happens.” That’s really how I try to approach everything. It just happens. I just live it day by day.

Do you have a favorite Michael Jackson song?

His Motown audition song, “Who’s Loving You.” That’s when I feel closest to Michael. It was his audition song, and it was my audition song.

In addition to playing Michael Jackson, Cullors plays the young Berry Gordy and the young Stevie Wonder. He shares the roles with another young performer, Leon Outlaw Jr. They each perform four times a week. Motown the Musical runs at the Winspear through Aug. 16.

 

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Franzer Pazos Sings “P.Y.T” By Michael Jackson On La Voz Kids Finale

Sources: Heavy – By  | All Things Michael

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The party started with the six finalist on stage singing “Que suenen los tambores” by Víctor Manuelle. The coaches -Natalia Jimenez, Daddy Yankee, Pedro Fernandez- wore their best outfits for the finale and with a wide smile each said that they were sure their team was the winner.

Franzer Pazos, who is 14 years old, was the first one to go on stage and sing “P.Y.T” by Michael Jackson. His carisma and interpretation got him a standing ovation. By the way, Pazos can sing in Spanish, English, and Italian.

When Jersen Ruiz, 14, surprised everyone when he sang the salsa song “El Cantante” by Hector Lavoe. Ruiz confessed that he wanted to sing pop music when he arrived at the show but changed his mind after experimenting with salsa. He basically will pursued a singing career in salsa. Unfortunately, he was the first to be eliminated on tonight’s show.

Alberto Castro, who is 15 years old, sang “Shut Up and Dance”. The youngest of all the finalist, Jonael Santiago, 11, sang “Treasure” by Bruno Mars. Castro was eliminated from the competition and it was filled with a lot of tears.

Milenia, 14, sang “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten and Shanty Zumaya, picked “Yo vivire”. Unfortunately, Milenia was eliminated from Team Pedro.

Shanty, Franzer, and Joanel became the three finalist and each took home $10,000.

Jonael, from Team Natalia, became the winner of La Voz Kids 2015. The winner of the third season received $50,000 cash prize and a recording contract from Universal Music Group for the production of a song and a music video.

 

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Gauransh Chauhan To Do Michael Jackson In ABCD 2

Sources: Gulf News Bollywood | All Things Michael

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Gauransh Chauhan, who wowed audiences with his Michael Jackson moves on the reality show Dance India Dance, will show off his skills in the forthcoming Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor film ABCD 2.

“I’ve been fascinated with dance since the age of three. I started with school performances, then performed for the show India’s Got Talent. Then I showcased my skills on Dance India Dance season two where the judges Remo D’Souza, Terence Lewis and Geeta Kapoor got extremely impressed with my Michael Jackson style of dancing,” Chauhan said.

“On DID, Remo sir was so impressed with my moves, that he promised me that if any suitable opportunity came up, he would definitely inform me. He fulfilled his promise and gave me the opportunity to dance in his film ABCD 2as they required me for an MJ sequence. He has been the decisive factor in my success.

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“Both DID and ABCD 2 have been distinct turning points in my career,” said the former reality show participant, who said he “learnt these dance moves and tricks all on my own”.

ABCD 2, directed by D’Souza, will release later this month.

 

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Shy Kid Ignores His Bullies By Walking On Stage And Doing THIS!

Sources: Little Budha – By Barbara  Diamond | The Bully Project | All Things Michael

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14-year-old Julian was born with a special gift. Most people dream of being able to dance like he can.

But kids can be cruel, especially when they’re intimidated by or jealous of someone’s confidence in the face of bullying. The more his classmates call him names, threaten him, and try to turn him off from his passion, the more Julian dances.

Though he’s never taken a dance class or lesson, watching Julian dance is like watching Michael Jackson himself. As soon as he’s finished with his homework after school, he rolls up the rugs, puts on the music, and dances throughout the house. Luckily, his parents are incredibly supportive. They refuse to stop their son from doing the one thing that makes him truly happy.

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Julian even dances in public places, on the streets, and inside skating rinks where his classmates socialize. He responds to those who ridicule by saying, “They call me stupid, I don’t care. I know who I am, I know what I am.”

Now, other students who are drawn to the music — and to Julian’s courage — have been showing up to dance with him. As this group of inspirational kids grows, they plan on dancing for other kids as advocates against bullying.

Watch Julian in action below, and please SHARE this incredible story about this young man with your friends!

 

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Four-Year-Old Shows Off Top Michael Jackson Moves

Sources: Irish Daily Star | All Things Michael

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This pre-school toddler clearly already knows his ABC — as he can sing and dance to King of Pop Michael Jackson’s greatest hits.

Talented Kodie Fitzsimons, from Dublin, can be seen in a hilarious video donning a Jackson outfit and reproducing the lyrics and moves of hits like Thriller, Bad and Man In The Mirror.

Parents Philip and Claire, from Walkinstown, believe that the four-year-old is destined for the big time as he is already starring in a musical show in Drimnagh.

The wannabe star is also a big fan of other current chart acts such as Ed Sheeran.

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Dad Philip (29) yesterday told The Star: “Kodie has always loved to watch Michael Jackson DVDs since he was very young and he picked up the performances very fast.

“He loves performing. He even does his song and dance routine in the aisles when we’re in Dunnes Stores doing the shopping and the other customers would be watching him.”

Philip added: “He isn’t into football so this is his passion.”

All-singing all-dancing Kodie still hasn’t started school as he’s only enrolling in St Damien’s National School in Walkinstown in September.

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Second Grade Siblings Imitate Michael Jackson For School Talent Show

Sources: Muscatine Journal – Ky Cochran | All Things Michael

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MUSCATINE, Iowa — Mulberry Elementary School’s gym was filled with students and their families on Tuesday for the school’s annual student talent show.

Brothers Zach and Skylar DeLong, second graders, pulled out their best Michael Jackson moves to his song “Love Never Felt So Good.” They kicked and spun as the audience clapped to the beat, cheering them on.

“We watched videos of him,” Skylar said, explaining how they learned to dance like Michael Jackson.

It’d taken a lot of practice, the duo said.

Their favorite Michael Jackson song was “Billie Jean,” they said, and their favorite dance move of his was the moonwalk.

“They listen to a lot of Michael Jackson; I’m not kidding you, they do,” said the boys’ dad Jim, who came to watch them perform with their mom Angie and a couple of their brothers.

“They just came home one day like, ‘Dad, you know Michael Jackson? He’s dead,” he added, remembering the start of his sons’ fascination with the King of Pop. “They even made a mannequin of Michael Jackson at one point. They’re unique little boys.”

 

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Reed Shannon Talks Motown The Musical

Sources: Broadway World | All Things Michael

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Actor Reed Shannon is currently on tour with Motown the Musical playing Young  Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson. In our chat he talks about preparing for these roles and his young theatre life so far.

Unbelievable! You are playing  Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson when they were young like you. How difficult is it for you to differenciate between the 3 boys? What do you have to do physically and mentally to portray them? Did you watch tapes or listen to CDs to get the voices just right? I know Jackson performed young but I’m not sure about Little  Stevie Wonder.

I have been playing the roles of Little Berry Gordy, Little Stevie Wonder, and Little Michael Jackson since April of 2014, which has been an awesome experience! I watched and still watch YouTube videos about each of these icons. I do not have videos of Mr. Gordy as a child, but I have spent some time with him and have read about him, and he has told me how Stevie and Michael were as kids. For the Stevie role I close my eyes and imagine not being able to see, and really use my sense of hearing every time I perform, and for the Michael Jackson role, I put myself in the mind set of auditioning as a younger child and really trying to show Mr. Gordy that I can perform for the whole world!

Did you know about these people before you became involved in this show? Had you heard Stevie Wonder sing? I’m sure you heard Michael Jackson. Talks about this.

I listened to young and older Michael Jackson before I was cast in Motown, and just a little bit of Stevie Wonder. Since landing the role, I have tried to listen to everything I can that each of them has written and produced! I believe their music has such a great message that if people take it in, it could change the world and help some of the problems in society.

What songs do you perform in Motown?

“Hey Joe (Black Like Me)”, “I Got the Feeling”,”Who’s Loving You”,”The Love You Save”,”ABC”

“I Want You Back”, and “I’ll Be There.”

How old are you? What is your experience onstage before Motown? Be specific!

Fourteen. I was trained to sing, act, and dance at NC Theatre Conservatory and my biggest roles were Gavroche inLes Miserables (regionally), and I was a work house boy in !Oliver, and also I performed as Sonny in In the Heights, and as the Youngest Tommy in The Who’s Tommy. I also had roles at my charter school in Peter Pan, School House Rock, and I was Mr. Bill the Candy Store owner and got to sing Candy Man (like Sammy Davis, Jr.), in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

Which character is the hardest for you to play? Which is the easiest? Why?

Stevie Wonder is the easiest to play, since there are just a few lines, and it is mostly acting, and the Little MJ role is the hardest, because there is so much precision dancing and singing at the same time.

How do you prepare before each show? Do you do something special before you go onstage besides vocal warmup?

I always try to get a 45 minute nap, then drink some tea with honey, get something healthy to eat like a salad, maybe play some jokes on my parents or cast mates, then put some good motivation music in my ears!

 

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