In 2006, a group of entertainment executives came up with the idea to create a stage that would allow unknown talent the opportunity to be seen and heard. The result … America’s Got Talent. With so much success, a decision was made to extend the franchise one year later as Britain’s Got Talent.
Televised around the world, both shows have produced some of the most incredibly talented people alive. Many of those have gone on to enjoy successful careers in their given genre. But even with so many amazing acts, sometimes, one, in particular, stands out.
Meet James Smith
If you ran into James Smith on the street, you’d probably think he was just an ordinary clean-cut high school student with a cute and innocent smile. Well, this young man happens to have one of the most amazing voices you’ve ever heard. And he wanted desperately to showcase his talent.
Britain’s Got Talent
Well, what better venue than Britain’s Got Talent stage. So, he entered to be on the show. And it wasn’t long before he was packing his bags and heading that way.
If you’ve never listened to any of Nina Simone’s music, you should. Her songs are typically deep, sultry, and heartfelt. So, only a few people are brave enough to even try to tackle a song by this iconic artist.
The choice of music
Whether James Smith felt confident or just liked living on the edge, he did what a lot of professional singers would never do. He chose to sing Nina Simone’s song, “Feeling Good.” Even the judges were a little surprised knowing how difficult the music is and the level of skill required to nail it.
That didn’t deter him
Even though James had only recently turned 15, he took the stage with his guitar in hand looking confident. He even joked around with the judges, which made the audience laugh. Immediately, it was easy to feel a connection with this guy.
The voice of an angel
Once James started to sing, the first few words were nice but then he added a little run. That’s when Simon Cowell looked shocked. He realized there was more to this young man than just a cute smile and a cheeky personality.
Often, when an audience of this show likes what they hear, they’ll instantly burst into applause and cheers. But this time, they were so mesmerized with James’ talent, the auditorium grew almost eerily quiet. It was as though they didn’t want to miss a single note.
He’s got soul
If anyone plans to take on a Nina Simone song, they better have a lot of soul. Otherwise, the song will go flat. James had soul and then some … every run and the combination of a smooth and gravel-like component equaled perfection.
At the point where he sings the lyrics, “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day,” he dramatically strikes the guitar strings. But then, he lets his voice reign. As soon as he hits the high note, the audience goes wild.
A star in the making
There’s no question whatsoever that soon, James Smith will become a household name. This took place when he was 15 … now 22, he’s making records and pursuing a career in music. Honestly, he has the full package … he can play the guitar, he has an outstanding voice, his stage presence is amazing, and his smile and personality are infectious.
It’s so exciting to see fresh talent. And James Smith doesn’t disappoint. To watch his performance on Britain’s Got Talent and to hear the judges’ comments, we invite you to click on the video below.
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