Publicly, Reece Van Schalkwyk’s singing ability has gotten him recognition over the years. On a personal level, his powerful voice has helped him cope with losing his father.
Hailing from Durban, South Africa, Reece has been singing since he was 3 years old. A year later, his father passed away, and he used music as an outlet.
“I wrote and recorded a song when I was 10 years old titled "Do You Hear?” which allowed me to express the turmoil I felt about his death,” he said in an email to The Huffington Post.
Now 15, the singer has used his passion for music to perform at a variety of events in South Africa. After starting his singing career in church, Reece went on to participate in a talent search competition last year called "Gateway to Fame" where his performance of Beyoncé’s “Love on Top” helped him earn the top honors in his singing category.
Whether he’s taking on covers from his inspirations like Christina Aguilera and Celine Dion or working with original music, Reece simply loves to sing. Being able to convey his feelings on stage and through his videos pushes him to continue performing.
“I feel powerful when I deliver and project my mind and soul’s passions and complexities through singing,” he said.
After showcasing his talents, Reece started hearing from music industry professionals and record labels. They approached him with offers, but promises were never kept, which motivated him to be more independent when it came to his creativity. Aside from music, the teen edits and produces his own reality show on YouTube.
Fans of his impressive voice have no need to worry though. Music will always be an important part of the singer’s life. When asked if he wants to pursue music as a career one day, Reece proved he has it all figured out.
“Not ‘one day’ -- today. And why? Because I might never get tomorrow.”