The kid was less than 20 seconds into Sam Cooke & Soul Stirrers’ “Just Another Day”when Dan Courtenay barked for him to stop. The kid’s father — seated nearby with a guitar — leapt up from his chair, expecting them to be kicked out.
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Courtenay, owner of Dan’s Chelsea Guitars, instead handed someone off-camera a recording device. “I can’t believe what I’m hearing so I want to be able to show my friends, okay?â€
That kid, a Scotland native named Brendan MacFarlane, was just 13 years old at the time but had the voice of a seasoned blues veteran, with a range far beyond his youthful appearance.
The video was recorded in 2009, about a decade after his family discovered Brendan’s innate vocal talent.
When MacFarlane was just three years old, he memorized and began singing Hank Williams’ 1949 hit “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” after hearing it in his grandmother’s car.
“I noticed he was pitch perfect, so I changed the key, and he sang it perfectly again,” noted his father, George. “I played in three or four different keys and he sang in tune every time. I couldn’t believe it.â€
“He sounds like the guy who taught Hank to sing!”Courtenay remarked that day in the shop.
Brendan recorded his own rendition of “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”the following year, after his grandmother passed away.
In 2011, two years after making Courtenay’s jaw literally drop, MacFarlane released his debut album, “The Road,”which includes such soulful country songs as Hank Williams’ “Lost on the River”and gospel favorites “Precious Lord”and “Jesus Remembered Me.â€
Three years later, he released his eponymous follow-up album, “Brendan MacFarlane.â€
How lucky was he to hear Hank Williams’s soulful voice that day in his grandmother’s car, and to have discovered such an incredible ability at such a young age!
Watch the video below to see him blow everyone away at age 13.
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