An unexpected thing happened inside the Dan’s Chelsea Guitars Shop that even the owner, Dan Courtenay, had to stop it for a moment.
A kid started singing a line from the song “Just Another Day” by Sam Cooke & Soul Stirrers’ when Dan Courtenay ordered for him to stop. The father of the kid rapidly stopped playing the guitar and jumped up from his chair, expecting them to be kicked out.
The owner could not believe what he just witnessed. He had to stop them for a second with the intention of letting someone record the kid’s astonishing performance. “I can’t believe what I’m hearing so I want to be able to show my friends, okay?”
Brendan MacFarlane, a Scotland native, 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.
This talented kid memorized and began singing Hank Williams’ 1949 hit “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” after hearing it in his grandmother’s car at a very young age of three years old!
“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.”
“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.”
His singing career did not stop there. Three years later, he released his eponymous follow-up album, “Brendan MacFarlane.”
Isn’t it inspiring to know that dreams do come true if you just believe in your dreams and talents?
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