Most of you will remember a time when knowing the origins of your favorite celebrities wasn’t as easy as clicking on a link.
Long ago, before the internet and, certainly, social media, if you hadn’t heard, say, George Clooney mention he was from Kentucky on a talk show, you might not know.
MEET GAGE BUTLER
But now you don’t even NEED TV to be a big star, even if it helps. Maybe that’s what 12-year-old Gage Butler of Crittenden, Ky., is learning right now. Although he is not yet classified as a “big star” by the masses, his popularity is growing on Tik Tokand, nowadays, that might be enough.
Young Butler WOWED social media audiences with his performance of the Boyz II Men classic “End of the Road.” His mom posted it on Twitter… I mean, what’s a mom to do when she has a son with THAT kind of talent. Here’s the excerpt that served as a major springboard for Gage.
HEAR GAGE BUTLER
AND WHY NOT…SEE GAGE BUTLER (ON ELLEN)
This performance – posted on Tik Tok, although I couldn’t find it – is the springboard in question. The Ellen Degeneres people saw it and booked Gage for an appearance on Monday’s episode of Ellen, during which he performed “Rise Up” by Andrea Day. WLWT-Cincinnati got their hands on a clip of the performance. Here, Gage performs Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me” with one of his fans.
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT FOR KENTUCKY’S GAGE BUTLER
What incredible vocal control this young man has. Although he doesn’t yet have millions of subscribers on any of his channels – his oldest YouTube post was just published on March 2 – I don’t see why he wouldn’t be on the right track if he kept delivering performances like this of an iconic Destiny’s Child song.
I love how he duets with others on his videos. (Something comes to mind…while Tik Tok is the redhot video platform, videos can be much longer on YouTube – yes, I’d love to hear full songs.) But until then time, I will appreciate posts like this one.
By the way, Gage already has a profile on Backstage.com, which I consider a promising development. I can’t wait to hear what he has up his sleeve as his voice matures. The sky is definitely the limit.