It's easy to forget how young some of our favorite performers are when they enter the music world. From Michael Jackson's Jack 5 debut at the age of 11, to Lorde's chart-topping single "Royals" at the age of 16, it doesn't take much life experience to make a splash in the music industry. Tuesdays Under 21 is a Music Times feature dedicated to bringing attention to talented musicians and performers under the age of 21. Who knows? They just might be the next big thing. This week we introduce you to...
WHO: David Thibault
WHERE: Saint-Raymond, Québec
WHY: This French Canadian phenom has taken over the interwebs with his uncanny vocal resemblance to the King. He recently went on Québec radio station CKOI to sing a cover of Elvis Presley's Blue Christmas. It's almost freaky to watch how spot-on his baritone is. According to a Facebook page under David Thibault Elvis, Thibault regularly competes as an Elvis impersonator. If you close your eyes, it's as if the King has come back to life when you hear this kid sing. The video of his rendition has already garnered almost 7 million views on YouTube. Not much information has been reported on his background, but he has uploaded a variety of Elvis covers to his YouTube channel.
According an article on Journal de Montreal, Thibault will head to the U.S. this week to perform on talk shows (we don't know which ones yet). French Canadian producer Pierre Duchesne said in the article (translated), "It's exciting to work with a boy who is not jaded and has everything to learn. He has a very good attitude."
Thibault said that he has received many offers to record a full album, but claims he is not yet ready for that. With a voice this strong at such a young age, we are excited to see if the young King branches off with original material.
Check out his "Blue Christmas" cover here, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!