COLIN ALEXANDER BRENNAN
Colin came into the world on July 5th, 2002.
Colin is 10 years old and is Autistic (now high functioning) He was singing before he could talk. His parents have VHS movies of him singing full songs by the Care Bears when he was only 4 years old! He was born and raised in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. His current favourite artists are Justin Bieber, Black Eyed Peas, Justin Hines, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Hedley, Kesha, Sarah Mclachlan, Nikki Yanofsky, Pink, and K’naan. Colin had to have extensive speech therapy to talk in full sentences, but NEVER had to have any therapy to sing! He just cannot help himself. Whenever he hears a song, he has to sing it loud! His autism gives him some special abilities. He can listen to a song that he likes a lot and memorize all the words in a very short time. He can remember the song months later like he just heard it yesterday. His Autism also gives him perfect pitch on so many songs that have high pitch notes. He has been singing “professionally” only for two years now and he is really enjoying it, especially when he goes to the recording studio. He does have one original song which his father wrote for him for an America’s Got Talent video contest, and Colin’s Oakville Children’s Choir Conductor has arranged the music for it! Colin was one of the top ten finalists in the Nationwide Teletoon Network television Karaoke contest. While he did not win that contest because he did not get enough mouse clicks from the public, he did win in raw talent. The Contest Director was cheering him to win! Currently, Colin is singing in the prestigious Oakville Children’s Choir. Colin was asked by the owner/DJ of an internet radio station in Arkansas USA, (KXBG with over 35,000 listeners) to send him a CD of his songs after hearing him on You-Tube and Facebook. During the first week that Colin’s songs were being played Monday through Friday at 3:58 p.m., he charted on their Top 40 chart with him reaching #15 for his Baby song and #17 for his I Believe song. Two weeks later, his One Time song charted at number 24! Given that Colin is only 10 years old, the sky is the limit!
Colin’s parents have tried to raise him as “normal” as possible. Colin has been so humble and very professional during all that has been happening to him in the past two years with his singing. The owner of the River 16 Studio (Rob Lackie) was so impressed at how easy it was to work many long hours with Colin during his studio recording times. “He’s no Diva” he said, and “believe me I’ve met my fair share of Divas in this business!” All of this singing for other people started with Colin asking his father one night to audition for The Next Star singing competition on YTV Television Network. His father had no clue what he was talking about, and after doing the research on the show and watching the TV commercials that got Colin “hooked” on wanting to compete, he was happy to drive him to the audition hotel. He was nervous for Colin as there were 4000 other children who were auditioning. Colin was excited to go but had Zero nerves or butterflies in his belly. That was reserved for his father! He made it through two of three Tiers in that competition and it ended there. The staff was so impressed with him that they still remember him today! He was just 7 years old at that time. The same thing happened during the audition to be accepted into the Oakville Children’s Choir. The music Director put him through many vocal tests, and his father was a nervous wreck for him. Colin did everything asked of him and sang his Christmas song like it was just another day at the office.
Colin is now a vocal student with an amazing vocal coach. His name is Gregory Cross at the Cross Vocal Academy. He is helping him to discover many new methods to sing and new genres of music. Mr. Cross appeared as M. Firmin in the award winning Toronto production of Phantom of the Opera and on London’s West End in Miss Saigon. He has 35 years + as a professional vocalist.
Colin was invited by the Owner/Operator of the Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre in Oakville, Ontario, Canada to sing with the Internationally famous singer/songwriter Mr. Justin Hines. He sang a duet with Mr. Hines of his current hit song, “Courage” and then sang solo, one song, Oliver’s “Where is Love”. The official head count of audience members at this mini concert with Justin and his amazing Musical Production team was over 300 people! All this took place on January 22nd, 2012. Mr. Hines and his beautiful wife were very down to earth and kind and allowed Colin to shine and let him sing the duet from beginning to end together. Both Mr. Hines’ production team and COGECO cable filmed the entire event. Justin said to Colin many times that he was an amazing singer with “perfect pitch.” Colin serenaded Justin with his rendition of “Consider Yourself” from the 1968 Movie “Oliver” while Justin was having his lunch! Then they rehearsed his “Courage” song together, two times, and Mr. Hines was so into singing with Colin he never did finish his lunch! Then almost immediately after their rehearsal they went off to the Big Show!
Colin has recorded 17 cover songs at River 16 Studio’s here in Oakville. Several people have commented that they love his singing so much, that they have downloaded it onto their iPods to listen to while they are exercising. They are:
I got a Feeling (Originally by The Black Eyed Peas)
Party in the USA (Originally by Miley Cyrus)
Eenie Meenie (Originally by Justin Bieber and Sean Kingston)
Baby (Originally by Justin Bieber)
One Time (Originally by Justin Bieber)
I believe (Originally by Nikki Yanofsky)
One Voice (Originally by Billy Gilman)
My Time on Earth (Originally by Billy Gilman)
Where is Love (From the 1968 Movie, Oliver Twist)
Perfect (originally by Pink)
When Christmas Comes To Town from the Polar Express Animated Movie
Different from The Musical Honk
Dragons by Canadian Composer Clifford Crawley
Consider Yourself (From the 1968 Movie, Oliver)
Let’s Go Fly A Kite (From Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins)
Skye Boat Song (A Highland rowing measure)
Make it Shine (Originally by Victoria Justice)
He has one original song called...”I’m Awake Now” It will be released on CD this coming Spring of 2013!
You can also hear Colin singing at http://www.jango.com/music/Colin+Brennan+Music?l=0. An amazing young singer online radio station!
Youtube Videos and Fan Page
For the past 2 years, Colin has made many videos which have been posted on Youtube and his Facebook fanpage. He has a following of a few thousand people who eagerly look forward to the next video to be posted.
Colin at the ANCA Awards. At http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_MY6iU7eAk
Colin’s first music video. At http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVfaEVFWGa8
Colin’s second music video. At http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKGJ5aJFMQQ
Colin’s third music video. At http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TH0mk4N0GsI
Colin’s you-tube videos at his Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/gurdy44
You can also join Colin’s Facebook fanpage at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Colin-Brennan-Music/159123847466775
- September 2009, Teletoon Television Network Karaoke Contest
Colin was chosen as a Top Ten Finalist from 1100 other contestants and featured on T.V. during several of the Nationwide cartoon shows. The contest was called The Total Drama World Tour Karaoke Contest.
- October 2010, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada ANCA Awards Show
Colin sang the Canadian National Anthem at the ANCA Naturally Autistic People Awards in front of 200 people at the UBC Robson Square Theatre in Downtown Vancouver. Colin also sang a duet with international award winning Metis singer, Janet Panic. They both performed her “It will all work out” theme song together.
- Spring of 2011 at the newly founded radio station Xtrasound in Shirley Arkansas USA
Colin charted among the top 10 out of 40 for three of his cover songs. He came in 3rd, 4th and 8th out of 40! He was with so many other talented artists it was amazing that he was voted into their league at such a young age.
- Spring of 2011, The Next Star Vocal competition held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Downtown Toronto
Colin made it through two of three very tough rounds. The 5 Producers/Judges told Colin when he sang “Baby” for them that he was better than Justin Beiber. He also sang “One Voice”. They told him that he sang up to their strict standards and that he was very cute and they loved his outfit. When Colin told them he was Autistic, they said that was amazing!
- June 2011 and June 2012, The Oakville Children’s Choir Graduate
Colin graduated from The Cherub Choir for two years in a row, with his Choir Conductor, Mr. Jeff MacLean with certificates.
- July 2011, Amma Retreat
Colin met this spiritual icon who has millions of followers around the world for his second darshan. During his embrace with Amma, he gave a copy of his CD to her and Amma hugged him a second time, gave him an apple, and asked one of her disciples to play the first track of his CD to the huge audience in the ballroom. Many people danced to his Baby song played on the huge speakers in the Ballroom and enormous applause was followed afterwards when the song was over.
- Summer of 2011, Nashville Tennessee and Bowling Green Kentucky USA
Colin competed in the Beech Bend Superstar Contest. He sang his rendition of “One Voice” in front of the 2 Judges and an audience of 50+ people. While he made the mistake of not holding onto the Microphone and standing still on stage, he was told by the professional Judges that he had a clear and pure voice! The husband/wife team of Judges who are Producers and owners of a recording studio and a radio show told us to call them and to discuss working with them in the near future!
- Fall of 2011, Auditioned at Canada’s Got Talent
Colin sang “Where is Love” from the 1968 Movie, “Oliver” (Twist) and the two Producers loved it! One of the singers who was part of his group cried while he sang! He was then filmed for 20 minutes by the second Producer for the show as they were so smitten with him!
- Fall of 2011, Burlington Music Festival
Colin competed in 4 classes where he won 4 First Place Gold Medals along with 4 First Place official Certificates. He also won a Junior Scholarship of $75.00 cash towards his tuition for his Vocal Coach.
- November 2011, Glenburnie (Private) School Performing Arts Challenge
Colin competed in the Vocal Divisions, and there he won 3rd Place overall with a Trophy and a medal where he sang, “Where is Love.”
- January 2012 Concert with Justin Hines at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre
Colin was honoured with an invite from the Owner/Operator of this 50 year old Art Gallery, Sybil Rampen, to perform with Internationally famous Singer Songwriter, Mr. Justin Hines, for the opening and closing ceremonies for the Art Show called “Art from the Heart.” Colin sang a duet with Justin in front of a sold-out packed show of over 300 people. They sang together the song called “Courage” written by Justin Hines. Colin then sang solo his rendition of “Where is Love” from the 1968 Movie, “Oliver.” While Justin was in France for another concert, Colin was honoured with being the Main attraction for the March 25th Closing Ceremonies.
- May 2012, Canadian Model and Talent Convention (CMTC)
Colin won First Place for his Vocal/Singing Division (4-11 years old) and was awarded a huge trophy along with being honoured to sing in front of 1000 people at The Grand Awards Ceremony and Banquet.
- May 2012,Milton and Peel Music Festivals
Colin competed in a total of 5 classes for both festivals and was awarded 3 First place standings, (One Gold Medal and two Gold Pins) along with one Second and one Third Place standing, (both certificates). Colin also won two cash Scholarships $100 from Milton and $50 from Peel. Colin was also invited to sing at The Milton Grand Festival and Award Show.
- May 2012, The Next Star Television Competition
Colin made it through all 3 Tiers with the Producers and was ranked in the Top 16 out of 4000 other children who also competed. He was also selected to be a Star Cam Host for their National Website where he was on camera interviewing Audience members about the show.
- May 2012 Oakville Arts Council Cogeco Stars Among Us ’12 Oakville Arts Awards
Colin was honoured with being selected as a Finalist, (one of three) for this local competition in the Young Artist Award category. He received a Finalist certificate along with a personal letter of Congratulations from The Mayor of Oakville. He was also the Opening Act at The Awards Ceremony singing his rendition of “I Gotta Feeling” in front of 250 people at the $75.00 a plate dinner.
- June 2012, The Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 1 Voice Examinations
Colin took his first Grade 1 Formal Voice Examination/Tests with The Royal Conservatory of Music, (RCM) and he passed with Honours with a total grade of 78/100. He received an official diploma in the mail.
- June 2012, Abilities Ministries and Solid Gold Foundations Church
Colin was invited by Pastor Michelle Sim to sing at a church service his Different song and he was then featured on The Abilities Ministries website , (www.abilitiesministries.org) Colin was then invited to sing at a book Launch for Florence Rice, (“Earth out of Time”), there he sang Different again along with Consider Yourself. He was very well received there!
- October 2012, The Genius of Autism in New York City!
Colin was given an opportunity of a Lifetime by being asked to sing/perform at this year’s annual event called The Genius of Autism in Times Square just one block off Broadway at the Historic Edison Ballroom. Along with nine other highly talented performers who were all on The Autistic Spectrum, Colin rehearsed and then sang his rendition of “Different” on stage to an audience of 220 high caliper executives to a thunderous applause. There were many tears of joy in the ballroom after Colin sang. Many online articles were later written and produced after the event highlighting Colin’s Performance. The generosity of The McCarton Foundation paid for Colin’s Airfare and four Star Hotel suite. It was a magical night and many new friends were made in the four days Colin spent in New York City.
- November 2012, Rotary Burlington Music Festival
Colin sang and performed six different songs for all the Professional Adjudicators over a 2 week period. He won First Place Gold Medals and Certificates for five songs and one Second Place Silver Medal and Certificate for one song. He was also awarded a $100 Junior Scholarship at The Grand Festival Awards Show.
- November 2012, Glenburnie (Private) School Performing Arts Competition
In his Third and Final year at this vocal singing contest, Colin won again Third Place with a Trophy and a Medal and a Certificate. He sang his rendition of “Different.”
- November 2012, Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association, (ORMTA)
Colin was given a huge honour to sing alongside the Best of the Best at this year’s ORMTA Canadian Composers Recital in the beautiful St. Christopher’s Church in Burlington. He sang composer and award winning Music Teacher, Linda Fletcher’s “Mr. Nobody.”
- December 2012, Video Recording for the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM)
Colin was honoured with an invite to an exclusive filming of him singing for a mock RCM Grade 2 vocal examination which will be used for training professional adjudicators all over North America. This was a paid gig.
- December 2012, Solid Gold Foundations Church
Colin was invited to sing his rendition of the Christmas classic, What Child is This, in front of the church congregation as the opening performance for Kevin Pauls.
- January 2013, Pigment A Musical
Colin landed his first paid singing gig as the character “Andrew” in this production by Stephen Geddes. He has already recorded at Mr. Geddes’ studio with his sound Engineer back on June 17th,the first of two original songs. The first song Colin sang for Mr. Geddes is called “Something About Him.” Colin is scheduled to record one additional song for this Production in the near future. A professional music CD will be produced for sale as well as for consideration as a stage play and a film. (www.pigment-a-musical.com)
- March 2013 Audition for the Toronto Stage Production for Les Miserable!
Colin auditioned for the role of Gavroche for Stephanie Gorin Casting Inc. At the Downtown Estonian Centre.
- May 2013 Autism’s Got Talent Performance in London, England
Colin was invited to sing by Anna Kennedy OBE his “Different” song on stage at The Mermaid Theatre which was a sold-out show with 500 plus audience members. Many members were crying during his singing and he was congratulated by many afterwards. He was also interviewed by a British and German film crew for their T.V. shows. Colin was also able to take in many of the English attractions as he was able to stay a full week in the United Kingdom.
- 2011 to present, Featured on BlogTalkRadio.com and Cross Vocal Academy Spring and Winter Recitals
Colin’s 17 songs have been featured and played on 2 radio shows at Positively Autistic with Tracy Roberts and ANCA Autistic People with Maria Iliou. He has also been interviewed live many times on both shows and has sung several of his current songs on air. Colin has also sang at many Recitals at The Walton Memorial United Church in Oakville for his Vocal Coach, Mr Cross. Colin also has his own Blog Talk Radio Show called, “Colin Brennan Music and Autism. He has had over 35,000 listeners tune into his 14 shows so far!
Letters of Commendations
- Letter from the Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
He congratulated Colin on all his past and future singing accomplishments and acknowledged his hard work and listening to his CD! Colin stated that he was very happy to hear that the “Big Boss of Canada” likes his singing!
- Letter from Prince William and Princess Catherine, (Kate) The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, (England)
Colin was also honoured to receive a letter acknowledging his singing from his CD!
- Letter from J.K. Rowling, Author of Harry Potter
Colin was also honoured to receive a letter acknowledging his singing from his CD and his love of her books and movies.
- Letter from The Mayor of Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Colin received this unexpected and nice letter from Mayor Rob Burton congratulating him on being a Finalist in The Young Artist Category for The Stars Among Us Competition.
- Letter from The local Member of Provincial Parliament
Colin received this second unexpected but excellent letter from Kevin Flynn congratulating him on being a Finalist in The Young Artist Category for The Stars Among Us Competition. It had the official Seal of the Provincial Government along with being inside an official cushioned binder of the Government.
- Second Letter from the Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Colin received another personal letter from our Prime Minister thanking him for getting a copy of Colin’s second CD and he was thrilled to hear from him again and learn about all his newest adventures including his trip to New York City! What an honour to talk to him again!