Another musical idol in the making, Tyson Venegas is repping Filipino talent once more on the world stage.
It’s an established fact that in the world of singing competitions, Filipino talent always rules. From Marcelito Pomoy’s spellbinding turn on the America’s Got Talent stage to 4th Impact making waves at The X Factor UK to Jessica Sanchez popstar-making moment in American Idol, Pinoys will always, always, slay the mic. And speaking of American Idol, another vocal talent of Filipino heritage is poised to be a star. His name is Tyson Venegas, a teenager with a vocal prowess that will resonate with everyone. Let’s get to know him more.
Tyson Venegas was born and raised in the city of Port Moody in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to parents of Filipino descent. In an interview, the 17-year-old shares that he started singing at the age of three and learned by repeating the lullabies sung to him by his mother. Since then, Tyson has been in several local and national competitions, sharing his musical talent with everyone.
In 2013, Tyson was the winner of the B.C. Junior Talent Contest at age seven, and in the same year, became the youngest champion of the Pacific National Exhibition’s Star Showdown, a singing competition previously joined and won by no less than Carly Rae Jepsen and Michael Buble. In the latter, Tyson performed a classic blues song Get Your Kicks On Route 66 by Nat King Cole, already flexing his flair for jazz music at such a young age. With this kind of experience early on, it’s not surprising that Tyson Venegas has eventually conquered the American Idol stage.
THE VOICE TEENS ALUM
Before his successful American Idol audition (more on that later), Tyson Venegas first wowed the judges of The Voice Teens Philippines in 2020, turning three out of four chairs in the blind audition with his mesmerizing rendition of Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come. Industry greats Lea Salonga, Sarah Geronimo, and apl.de.ap couldn’t help but shower the Fil-Canadian youngster with praises.
After impressing them once more with his performance of Billy Joel’s New York State of Mind while playing the piano blindfolded, Tyson finally settled with apl.de.ap as his coach. For some undisclosed reason, Tyson was not able to push through with the competition’s knockouts stage. But, as you all may know, that was not the end of Tyson’s musical journey.
Learning music at a very young age, Tyson Venegas has evolved into a multifaceted musical prodigy. Apart from his impeccable vocal range, Tyson can also masterfully play the guitar, drums, and the piano (see his flawless version of Alicia Keys’ I Ain’t Got You above for reference). Oh, and apparently, Tyson can also spin some tunes when needed. The talent this young man holds!
HE DOES SONG COVERS—AND HE’S GREAT AT IT
If you’ve been visiting Tyson Venegas’ Instagram and TikTok accounts (as you should), then you are one of the lucky ones who have been blessed with his satisfying song covers. From Michael Jackson to Lewis Capaldi, Ariana Grande to Sam Smith, Tyson’s heavenly voice never fails to make its magic. Just listen to his 90s reinvention of Adele’s Easy On Me and you’ll get what we’re saying.
FIRST PLATINUM TICKET OF AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 21
And then there’s the sensational start of his American Idol journey. In the ABC show’s premiere episode a couple of days ago, Tyson Venegas did what he’s been doing all these years: make everyone in awe with his talent. Not only did the teenage musical wonder get a standing ovation from judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan for his goosebump-inducing performance of New York State of Mind, he also received the first-ever Platinum Ticket of the season.
The only recipient of the exclusive ticket from all the Las Vegas auditionees, Tyson is not only on his way to Hollywood but also, he gets to skip the first round of eliminations and coast through the second Hollywood Week. And just like how American Idol’s IG page puts it, we’re all in the new idol state of mind as we have more of him to look forward to.
Oh, and to know Tyson Venegas even more, listen to his original ballads What If and Never Give Up that are both on Spotify. For some trivia, Tyson performed Never Give Up in B.C. Children Hospital Foundation Crystal Ball Gala in 2020, where the American Idol aspirant was introduced by his own idol and inspiration, Michael Buble.
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