An autistic young man, who is practically mute because of his condition, has been found to have a singing voice so perfect that he can at last communicate emotion effectively though song.
In what has to be THE story of recent days, an autistic young man, who is practically mute because of his condition, has been found to have a singing voice so perfect that he can at last communicate emotion effectively though song.
The fact that that Kyle Coleman, 25, from Gwithian, Cornwall was found to have perfect pitch and an amazing singing voice caused a chain of events that will culminate in the release an album, after his mother Caroline took him to a music therapy session in 2009.
Ever since that fateful first visit, music therapist Carine Kelley has visited Kyle at home twice weekly, touched by finding that music is an instinctive way for the young man to express emotions he previously had difficulty in sharing. Kyle apparently had a natural, instinctive affinity with musical elements, to the extent that he could recreate favourite songs on a keyboard, despite knowing nothing about music.
However, says the therapist with obvious pride, it is when Kyle is singing though that his amazing personality and inner emotions bring the tunes to life. They seem to shine through, because of his singing style, and over the past two years Kyle’s abilities and confidence have started to soar.
Having become convinced that the musical talent of her son was special, Ms Coleman took him to Plymouth to try his hand in a recording studio, and the owner was so impressed that he suggested they consider recording a charity album, which18 months later, is to be released as his debut work.
This is all the more remarkable because, as his mother observed, this will be the very first album recorded and released by an autistic individual with such limited language that they can communicate only a few words.
Kyle’s father, a musician, died suddenly two years ago in a motorcycle accident, and would surely have been very proud of his son, who has .
recorded nine covers – including songs by Robbie Williams, Cat Stevens and more, along with a song written especially for him about autism.
Supported by the National Autistic Society (NAS), he album is being released on April 2nd, to coincide with World Autism Day – available on Amazon and iTunes from that date – all money raised going to NAS and other charities, though the website www.kylecoleman.co.uk is also a place one can get a copy. A great result for an unfortunate young man. It really is a wonderful life at times.