Celine Dion helps a teenage boy from Lebreville in Gabon who sings just like her, achieve fame, something the young man doesn’t want.
Fame is a desire for some and for others, they shy away from it, regardless how much it chases them.
Such is the case of 17-year-old Samuel whose rendition of Celine Dion’s Power of Love was so good the famous singer told him, “Your talent is… big. I hope we meet one day”
In a video which was shared on Facebook, Samuel, is seen siting on a staircase, dressed in shorts and a shirt while barefooted. He can be heard hitting the high-notes and doling out the right tunes, with no instrumental, no backup.
Samuel’s rendition was so good, a popular blogger, Barack Nyare Mba, first shared the video on Facebook before it got Celine Dion’s attention, Tuesday, (July, 26) who reshared it.
Just as expected, the award-winning singer penned the statement:
Samuel, your talent is as big as your voice. I hope we have the chance to meet one day.
I’m touched my songs have traveled all the way to you and hope we have the chance to meet one day.
May all your dreams come true. Keep singing like you do. When music comes from the heart, it knows no borders.
The song Power of Love was one of the best songs in 1993. It was originally written by Jennifer Rush.
As at Friday, the video had more than three million views.
Speaking to AFP, Samuel described feeling overwhelmed and very surprised about Celine Dion’s reply.
“I wasn’t expecting that,” he said. “I haven’t got a phone or a Facebook account, it was my brother who told me Celine had shared my video. I just hope that one day I can meet her for real.”
Funnily, the Gabonese teen stated that his dream was to not be popular.
“Where I live in Lebraville. People recognize me on the street and want to say “Hello”, I honestly do not know how to handle it.” He revealed to Mashable.
With his newly achieved yet overwhelming fame, the teenager said several producers from singing contests in Ivory Coast and France have already approached him.
Celin Dion’s protege began singing – all by himself – during break periods while in school.
He told the BBC’s Charles Stephane Mavaoungou, “The others could not believe it was me singing. When they entered the classroom, they began to applaud.”
He admitted his new found fame still feels strange.
“I’m not used to this [success]. I feel good when I sing in the staircase, and now people recognize me in the street.”
Samuel says he wants a career in singing.
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