Blake ready for cathedral gig
In the season of Christmas carols one Pakuranga boy is hitting crescendo.
Eleven-year-old Blake Jackson will be hitting the high notes at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell on December 16 for a Christmas concert.
The Sunnyhills School student picked up a second place at the New Zealand Aria in November under the guidance of renowned singer Tim Beveridge.
He then arranged for Blake to be part of the Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas concert.
Blake says he is looking forward to singing Amazing Grace, Better Be Home Soon by Crowded House, and a Silent Night duet.
"I just feel really excited because I feel that I am getting somewhere with my singing, before this year I'd only performed a couple of things at school," he says.
"As my teacher at school would say, ‘this is either a make it or break situation' and if I do this well it will be great for me."
He says everything is coming together for the night to be a roaring success.
"I'm feeling nervous as well as confident because of what I have been doing lately: Speech finals, performing in front of the school and aria - they have all given me a massive boost."
Blake has only been having lessons for four years but his mother, Belinda, says he has been singing since he could utter a noise.
He says he always sings which can be a bit annoying for others.
"Mum absolutely hates Hey Soul Sister now. I sang it for ages," he says. "At school whenever I break out a song they are like, ‘that is so cool, guys listen to Blake sing' or occasionally they'll be like ‘Blake sing this'.
He says he has big dreams of singing his own songs one day.
"I want to actually get somewhere with it and end up like Tim but with like a sense of Ronan Keating to it - selling out concerts in a short time."
The show is on December 16 at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell. Doors open at 6.30pm. Drinks and nibbles will be available to purchase with proceeds going to Mercy Hospice Auckland and Dove House. The concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are $45 adult, $40 senior (65-plus), $30 children and students.
The Waiariki Institute of Technology New Zealand Aria competition is one of Australasia's most prestigious singing competitions.
Go to tinyurl.com/little-christmas to buy tickets.