Voice of an angel
Read about Marion's six-year-old singing sensation and watch a video of him perform.
This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 46 - October 2014.
He may be too young to audition for the TV singing contest The Voice, but we think we’ve uncovered Marion’s very own voice of an angel.
While most six-year-olds get excited about going to the movies or the zoo, Ethan Hall can’t wait for Marion Cultural Centre’s Open Mic Nights.
Ethan doesn’t just watch the singers, comedians and musicians perform though, he gets up behind the microphone and does what he does best - sing.
A fan of Channel 9’s The Voice Kids, Ethan would love to sing for Delta Goodrem one day.
“I want to be on The Voice Kids and sing for Delta, but mum says I have to wait until I’m eight,” Ethan said.
“Singing is my favourite thing because it makes me happy and my throat feels good.
“I love singing - it makes me feel special and I love my voice because I can go really high and I like how it sounds.”
Ethan’s mum Kylie - a music teacher who practices with him for four nights a week in addition to his school singing lessons - knows that Ethan’s ability is special.
“He sings as soon as he gets up and we hear him singing from every room… even on the toilet at the back of the house,” Kylie said.
“He's had music around him his whole life. I noticed at about age two that he could pitch notes, so we thought we'd see how he goes. From early on he was running around the house singing, humming and whistling and to this day it's all he does.”
Ethan, whose favourite music is classical, also remembers when he first began to sing.
“When I started I didn’t even know I was singing - I just started singing words,” he said.
Open Mic Nights are held at the Marion Cultural Centre once a month on Thursday nights and anyone is invited to share their talent whether it’s with a song, joke or story.
Ethan first performed at an Open Mic Night in April this yearafter his mum read about the event in an edition of City Limits magazine. She took Ethan along in the school holidays and played the piano while he sang.
He’s since performed at three Open Mic Nights and one of his favourite songs is Close Every Door from the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
“It makes me feel special when there are lots of people in front of me,” Ethan said.
“I want to be a singer when I grow up because I like it so much.”
- Watch a Marion in a Minute video of Ethan singing Close Every Door on City of Marion YouTube page.
- View more photos of Ethan at Open Mic Night City of Marion Facebook page.
- Find out more about Open Mic Nights at the MCC.
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