Friday Night Videos
I originally started this post with a different title and a sampling of groups such as the Jackson 5 and Little Anthony and the Imperials, but somehow the musicians got younger and younger. It's interesting to see the period where the kids go from being 'really good for their age' to simply 'really good.' You can also see which kids will likely follow the singer-songwriter style, the virtuosity style, or maybe both. All the ages indicated are from the time of the video, not their ages today.
Though heavy with the child warble, five year old Wesley does a terrific job with Johnny Cash's 'Folsom Prison Blues.' Watching a five year old sing the line "When I was just a baby" (at 0:32) is priceless.
Brother and sister duo Dylan and Lauren at a county picnic with an incredible acoustic version of the Foo Fighters' 'Everlong.' The 'child sound' has almost faded from the sister's vocals while the guitar playing brother has the poise, and nearly the sound, of a professional.
An odd story behind eight year old prodigy Tallan Latz. Due to his young age, he has been banned by his home state, Wisconsin, from playing in bars or clubs. A closer examination of the story reveals other musicians might be the ones behind the lobby to keep him from playing, and it's easy to see why. Not only does he play like he was raised in the wild by a pack of blind old bluesmen, he's got the man on his back.
Here is 9 year old Japanese prodigy Yuto Miyazawa. His cover of Ozzy Osbourne's 'Crazy Train' is near perfect (the guitar playing anyway) but it's meeting his idol afterward that is the biggest thrill.
Here he is again a year later on Ellen, this time playing 'Paranoid.' More amazing is the short clip at 1:55 that shows him on stage with Ozzy. Incredible to see a child looking so comfortable in the role of rock star.