In a world seemingly over-flowing with talented children, 21 year old Jal Joshua stands apart. To compare him to Michael Jackson or Billy Gilman at the same age is fair; in fact, Jal Joshua might well be the finest male singer of his age in the world today. It’s hard to define exactly what it is about Jal Joshua that sets him apart from other great young performers, but one thing is certain, he connects with his audience at a level so deep that many, no most, are moved to tears. This extraordinary young boy, born in Cebu City, Philippines, in 1996, has reduced more people to tears in his short career than most singers manage in a lifetime. Of course, his pitching, his timing and technique are exquisite, the control over his breathing and vibrato uncanny, but there’s something intangible about this boy that draws his audience in, and leaves them spellbound. At the beginning of every song, Jal Joshua makes an unspoken promise to his audience, and he never fails to deliver on it.
Jal Joshua’s family immigrated to Australia from the Philippines in March of 2008, and it’s fair to say that this young boy, in a very short time, has won the hearts of millions of Australians. His appearance inlocal talent quests in Redlands, South East of Brisbane, made an enormous impact on the people privileged to see him, but it was when he appeared in third heat of the most recent series of ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ on the Channel 7 television network, that he had all of Australia talking about him. Predicably, he reduced most of the studio audience to tears with his breathtaking performance of Eva Cassidy’s arrangement of ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’, and the judges had no hesitation in granting him passage into the semi-final of Australia’s largest television talent program. In the semi-final, he performed ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ from Carousel, and it was at this point that the public of Australia made their feelings for Jal Joshua very clear indeed.
He won the public vote ‘by a huge margin’ and found himself in the Grand Final, the youngest performerof just eight remaining acts from a starting line-up of more than twelve hundred. The Grand Final of ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ in April of 2009 was a nerve racking affair, which saw each of the acts eliminated in turn until just two remained: sensational 15 year old opera singer, Mark Vincent from Sydney; and yes, you guessed it, 12 year old Jal Joshua from Queensland. His incredibly sensitive and powerful performance of Barry Manilow’s ‘One Voice’ had Australians from every corner of the country picking up the telephone to register their vote for Jal Joshua. In the end, brilliant young singer, Mark Vincent, too out the $250,000 first prize, but Jal Joshua can hold his head high in achieving the title of runner-up. In fact, Mark and Jal Joshua have become firm friends, and share a deep mutual respect for one another. Mark recently invited Jal Joshua to perform a duet of the Boys Own hit, ‘No Matter What’, on his debut album recorded for Sony.
Jal Joshua’s has spent the past 4 months in the studio recording and has emerged with his own debut album entitled “I’ve Got Tomorrow”. The CD was released in October, 2009 and has been widely acclaimed. The 13 track CD contains all of the songs Jal Joshua sung on Australia’s Got Talent plus a number of his favourite songs including ‘Don’t cry out Loud’ and ‘Stand Up For Love’. One of the highlights of the CD however must be the beautiful duet with Mark Vincent of ‘The Prayer’.
No one knows what the future will bring, but it is certain that Jal Joshua is destined to become a major artist on the Australian music landscape, and just as certain that Australians everywhere will continue their love affair with this quiet, even shy, young boy with a God given talent almost beyond understanding.
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