Friday, October 7, 2016

Karaoke Superstar - Will Stone

Karaoke is a funny thing. It's something that most people don't look at as a serious art form at all. It's fanciful flights of alcohol fueled ridiculousness most of the time. It's the girls night out with Gretchen Wilson. It's loud, obnoxious frat dudes doing Chumbawamba. It's the tone deaf local that sings classic rock songs because it reminds him of his glory days. What ever it is, it's something we have all either done or have seen done, badly. But what happens when it's not bad? What happens when the person singing is actually good and doesn't trample all over the song like the bulls in Pamplona? Well you get a new segment we are going to be doing here called Karaoke Superstar. I want your submissions. I want you to tell me where the best karaoke singer you've heard is at. I want to showcase local talent and get some names and faces out there so that the people that need to take advantage of this superstars are.

So let's get down to it. The first entrant into my Karaoke Hall of Fame is a local singer here in Owensboro, KY that goes by the name Will Stone. I don't know much about Will. I know that he does a lot with our local community theater group, Back Alley Musicals and that he has the charm and stage presence of a mastermind. He was most recently seen as Burt in the Back Alley production of Mary Poppins and he absolutely destroyed the roll. He's got a smile that lights up the room and when he's on stage singing he gives it his all. He doesn't just drunkenly ramble through a song, he actually sings the song as if it is his own and he's performing to a packed house.  His voice is amazing as you can see in his performances of "That's Life" in the style of Michael Buble or "Valerie" as made famous by Amy Winehouse.  Now, don't expect this to be some cheesy ass Glee type of rendition of these songs. These are songs that he loves and he enjoys doing. It is apparent as he plays with the audience and he makes these songs his own. He's got knowledge of timing and breath control and can sing like a champ. So take a look at Will Stone killing it in these two videos.

And I apologize in advance for all the not great camera work in the videos. I'll do better next time around and actually record them horizontally and everything.

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