This is the heartwarming moment a young boy unexpectedly broke into song in a supermarket – stunning shoppers with his incredible voice.
Calum Courtney, 10, who has a mild form of autism, sang a flawless rendition of Smokey Robinson’s Who’s Lovin You to a surprised crowd.
The video was filmed at an Asda in Basildon Essex, and received more than a million views after his aunt Katy posted it on Facebook.
The youngsters condition inspires him to sing and the performance even peaked the interest of a producer who wants to write a charity single with him in the new year.
His mum Tupney Courtney, 34, said: ‘He loves how it feels and hearing the sound of his voice when he sings.
‘He is always singing around the house and performing in public has never been a problem. The more people, the better for Calum when he is performing.
Calum Courtney, 10 broke out into a flawless rendition of Smokey Robinson’s Who’s Lovin You at an Asda in Basildon, Essex
The performance even peaked the interest of a producer who wants to write a charity single with him in the new year
‘He did not realise how good he was until he saw the video, he said: ‘Mum, I’m actually really good.
But single mum Tupney revealed that the video was originally only supposed to be seen by his dad, before her sister Katy posted it on Facebook.
Single mum Tupney revealed that the video was originally only supposed to be seen by his dad, before her sister Katy posted it on Facebook
She said: ‘I do not think people thought that it was Calum singing at first and it was just the music in the shop.
‘I decided to video it for my husband because he was at work, then my sister put it up on Facebook.
‘Calum has high functioning autism. For Calum 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.
‘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.’
The schoolboy is no stranger to singing in aid of charities, having 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 has a mild form of autism and his mum says that his condition inspires him to sing and help other people
Tupney added: ‘He has no nerves, if there’s an audience, if there’s anybody from one to 100 people to sing in front of he loves it, he just loves to sing.
‘He taught himself to play the drums when he was 18 months old and he’s just incredible with music, it’s in his blood.
‘Both my parents were on the West End and he takes after that.’
Calum taught himself to play drums when he was 18-months old. Both his maternal grandparents were West End performers
Calum, from Basildon, Essex, will be in the studio in the first week of January where he hopes to record his first charity single.
She said: ‘The only way he will know if he wants to do it as a career is if he tries it because it is not easy.
‘He thinks he’s gonna be able to buy a mansion, he has a bit of an obsession with building them on Minecraft.’