When 16-year-old Jared Watson took to the stage at his high school’s talent show, he had no idea his life was about to change. Watson, who is a sophomore at Delmar High School, loves music, and dreams of one day recording an album in Nashville TN.
Jared Watson suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which the Muscular Dystrophy Association website describes as “a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement.” A representative for Jared said that Watson’s condition has made him lose much of his muscle movement as he’s grown older, and that he is no longer able to walk. As a result, he is bound to his wheelchair.
But Jared Watson isn’t going to let that stop him from achieving his dreams. In addition to continuing a career in Nashville, Watson dreams of being an announcer for voice-overs and radio.
What really makes this performance all the more inspiring is his incredible love for music. You can see how much this day meant to him, and it shows through the genuine nature of his performance.
Your jaw will drop once you hear Watson start singing. His voice is strong and powerful, and his range is impressive. He hits the lowest of low notes and the highest of high notes with any problems at all, and if you know anything about singing, this is not an easy thing to do.
Watson took third place at the talent show this year, and he couldn’t be happier. When interviewed after, he said, “I thought this was going to be an ordinary performance for me, but it turned out that this performance is changing my life.”
Watson’s parents shared a video of his performance on Facebook, and it has since generated 37,000 views. Now, he has been offered the chance to record a demo CD and perform on a local TV show.