Ruben Liversage was only 16. But he sounded like someone who had been singing professionally for decades.
Ruben learned that a school concert was coming up. He knew that this was a perfect opportunity to show off his talents to the school.
So he selected “The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel and spent weeks practicing and perfecting his rendition of the tune.
On the day of the concert, Ruben’s mother, Marika, sat in the audience, excited to see her boy sing.
Then the performance began.
Ruben walked onto the stage, dressed in white. Lights shone on him, initially obscuring his face.
“Hello darkness, my old friend,” he sang in a deep voice. The entire room was amazed. They couldn’t believe that such a mature voice belonged to a schoolkid!
Ruben kept on singing, and the audience remained rapt.
Then two other schoolkids walked onto the stage from either side of Ruben. The one on the left, a boy, went onto his knees. The one on the right, a girl, walked up to him and jumped onto his shoulders with her back facing the audience.
Then the girl placed her hands over the boy’s face.
The girl leaped off of the boy’s back, and they both started dancing as Ruben kept on singing.
Then many more kids walked onto the stage. They stood behind Ruben.
They all started harmonizing with Ruben.
Then Ruben walked forward, so that the audience could see his face for the first time.
The kids behind Ruben moved out of shot.
Then even more kids walked onto the stage and stood behind the lead singer.
The kids behind Ruben all started moving their hands to the music.
As the song reached its end, most of the kids sank to their knees. Then everyone moved their hands to Ruben.
The crowd cheered. Everyone present had just seen something very special.
Luckily, Ruben’s mother was filming the performance.
She uploaded the video to YouTube, where it soon went viral. To date, it has gained over 1.6 million views. It also has more than 10,000 likes and 800 comments. People have been saying things like this:
And this isn’t Ruben’s only performance on YouTube.
A couple of months later, the mother uploaded a video of Ruben performing a song called Hermanus.
By now, the parents in the audience knew that Ruben was a great singer. But his singing was no less impressive to them.
The most recent video of Ruben comes from 2019.
By this time, Ruben would have been 18 or 19-years-old.
In the years since those earlier performances, Ruben’s voice had only improved. In that latest video, he appears to be performing in a professional venue.
Of course, Ruben is still incredibly young. Right now, he is only just starting out.
But how many people were able to gain millions of views at the age of 16 for a school concert performance? Hopefully, Ruben will go on to achieve great things. He definitely has the talent to go far!
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Source: Marika Liversage