Fil-Canadian boy making a name in jazz music

By Cecile Docto, ABS-CBN Canada

Posted at Jun 04 2014 11:52 AM | Updated as of Jun 04 2014 07:53 PM

BRITISH COLUMBIA - A Filipino-Canadian boy is slowly carving his niche in jazz music.

Tyson Venegas was just a toddler when his parents discovered his knack for singing nursery rhymes jazz-style.

"He was two, he would jazz up those songs, so we, Paul and I, knew that there was something special about him," said his mother, Iris.

As Venegas was growing up, they also noticed his love for the music of Frank Sinatra and The Beatles.

He has been taking singing lessons since then.

Venegas, who is now 8, is excellent at scatting.

"It's fun, and it makes people happy," Venegas said when asked why he loves jazz music.

His talent hasn't gone unnoticed. Last summer, Venegas won the 2013 Star Showcase Award at the Pacific National Exhibition.

His idol, Grammy-award singer Michael Buble, was present to congratulate the young crooner.

He was the youngest competitor to win the contest.

Venegas continues to wow kababayans and Canadians, performing at galas and fundraising events in metro Vancouver.

"God willing, he just enjoys what he's doing and I think that's the most important. It's nice to see him passionate about something," said his father, Paul.