Autistic boy, 10, reveals his amazing voice as he bursts into song in middle of supermarket
A young schoolboy wowed an unsuspecting audience as he burst into song inside a supermarket.
Calum Courtney, 10, who has autism, serenaded shoppers at the Asda store in Basildon and now his mum says record producers are hoping to make a charity song with him.
The video of Calum has been shared widely online, with 327,000 people having watched on his aunt’s original Facebook page, according to Essex Live .
Calum’s rendition of Who’s Lovin You, the Smokey Robinson single made even more famous by the Jackson 5, was originally meant just to get the attention of shoppers to his aunt’s fundraising stall but has since grabbed the attention of a record producer.
His mum, Tupney Courtney, said: “I’ve put so many videos up of him performing in the past and they don’t get the attention this one has, but I think just because he’s standing there singing like he’s in the living room and without a microphone that people are really interested in.
Calum Courtney wowed the crowds in Asda (Image: Courtney family / SWNS.COM) He was trying to get people over to his aunt’s charity stall (Image: Courtney family / SWNS.COM) Calum with his guitar (Image: Courtney family/SWNS.COM)
“While we were there a lady brought him and his brother Ollie, who was giving out flyers as he’s not confident enough to go out and sing like Calum, a selection box of chocolates.
“We raised £50 in an hour and half there but in comments online afterwards there have been a lot of people saying they’ve donated money after watching the video.
“We even had interest from a record producer who wanted to do a charity single with him.”
Calum had gone down to the Eastgate branch of Asda with his mum and brother to help his aunt raise money for MIND Basildon, with the intention of singing to shoppers in the hope of getting more attention for their stand.
Tupney added: “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.
He could soon be making a charity single (Image: Courtney family/SWNS.COM) Mum Tupney with little Calum (Image: Courtney family/SWNS.COM) Proud mum Tupney with Calum and brother Oli (Image: Courtney family/SWNS.COM)
“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.
Tupney, 34, 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 plays the drums too 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.”