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The Magical Boy From Mombasa!

Now nestled in Southampton deep in the UK. This nearly 14 year old

dances, smiles,

sings,  smiles, writes his own music and oh, yes. I nearly forgot.

He smiles.

With a personality that could bring laughter at a wake Connor Daniel eagerly takes the stage. He is the type of person that you know is around even if he is in the line behind you. Just that aura of happiness that tickles the back of your neck when he is there. His very presence fosters the belief that something good is about to happen.

And if you are anywhere near a stage, it usually does.

The youngest of three boys he loves his family first and foremost. His mother Rosemarie and father Simon support him in his endeavors and always attend his competitions. They have raised their kids to be well mannered, loving and compassionate. I wish they taught classes to other parents. We would have a lot less strife in our world.

Mom says he has always had the most beautiful eyes. “People used to stop us when he was a baby because his eyes against his golden skin was just so pretty.”

Yes Connor, she said “pretty” and I’m not takin’ it back. Live with it kid. You will always be her baby.

Connor takes voice lessons and dance lessons focusing on funkstyles. Something called poppin, lockin, tutts, waving, krump and boogaloo. Sorry I do voice, that sounds sorta like an Eddie Murphy movie exploded. All I know is when he is on stage and fired up he is incredible. With a voice that is changing he still manages to get it out in a style only Connor Daniel can create.

And it must be working! Look even Jay Sean goes for a little lens time squeezing in there with Connor for a photo-op.

Hey! Quality Creates it's own demand.

He loves his half Mombasa heritage and although absent from the land he loves, he is never far from it in his heart. He dreams of becoming a serious artist and signed to a label then taking his magic and turning it towards bettering the land and the people he loves so much. You can hear his heart shift gears whenever he speaks of it.

He dreams of helping his other homeland to become self sufficient. To build schools and to better the economy. Personally I think he can do it. He is driven by his passion and guided by his love for the people.

And the seafood. It is said that all you can eat seafood places post guards to watch for him so they can flip the closed sign before he eats them out of business. I called around the UK and found one place that equated his appetite for seafood to that of a killer whale. Somehow I think that Mombasa asked him to leave because he ate all the seafood.

Me, I’m on a seefood diet too. I see food I eat it.

But despite the appetite he stays slim and trim dancing it away poppin, struttin, tuttin and boogalooing. Boogalooing? I might have to google a couple of these. But I know that his moves are fluid skilled and purposeful.

If there was one person on the planet that could effect change in Mombassa, then I have no doubt it would be Connor Daniel.

When asked about a significant other, he said, “Hey, I’m only 13!” So I guess that means applications are being taken. But take it from me, if you are interested in that smile, those slate gray eyes or those perfect cupid’s bow lips, points are given for having ties to a seafood restaurant!

Anyway you look at it. Connor Daniel is a super star and will be changing the world as we know it. Personally, after working with Connor and his parents, I’d be glad to put him in charge.

Connor’s Links:

Connor’s Youtube Channel

Connor’s on-line CV For Starnow


Andrew Johnston – One Voice

Andrew Johnston – One Voice

Andrew Johnston, One Voice, bestpi

Andrew Johnston’s – One Voice is one of the most heart felt beautiful collections of treble music I have every had the great pleasure to listen to. This collection of well known songs is anything but ordinary and if you are resisting the purchase because you think it is just another “Pie Jesu” and “Tears in Heaven” Christmas Album then you are sadly in error. Please . . . check this sampler out. Just some of the best in brilliance from the CD.

His voice is superb, reaching some of the most tone perfect brilliance notes these ears have ever heard.

This is a Trebby Award waiting for the call and sure to be a contender for the Treble voice of the year.

(You can Quote me on that one.)

Track List

1. Pie Jesu

2. Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace

3. Walking In The Air – Duet With Faryl

4. Panis Angelicus

5. Tears In Heaven

6. Angus Dei

7. One Voice

8. Going Home

9. Imagine

10. I Had A Dream

I think if you listen, you will be as amazed as I was
and there will be no doubts that Andrew Johnston’s voice is a gift from above.


You will experience these classics in a completely new way
with a clarity and depth never before achieved.


And Andrew, if by chance you pass this way.

Thank you for sharing your gift with me and with the world.


Oh yes Andrew, One more thing. Bravo! Brilliantly done!

Interested in all things Andrew? Below are links to his everything. Even Amazon.

Andrew’s MySpace page

Andrew’s New Websitebcsd

Andrew’s Youtube account

Buying Andrew’s CD

Louis-Alexander Désiré – Bel Canto Boy

Louis-Alexander Desiré

Bel Canto

Mes Premiers Pas

Louis-Alexander Desire, LAD, Bel Canto, Belcantobo,Louis-Alexander Desire, LAD, Bel Canto, Belcantobo

Louis-Alexander Desiré - Bel Canto Boy

Newly Released August 2008

A stunning vocal extravaganza showcasing the brilliance of Louis-Alexander Desire to the incredible music of the famed piano prodigy, Simon Goodman.

Carefully guided and trained in the Bel Canto style by Maestro Bernard d’Abrera who continues to train Louis in the style of the ancients. Although the definition is gray to most, it certainly isn’t to Maestro Bernard d’Abrera who describes it as creating a pillar of sound before the soloist using the diaphragm of the lungs rather than the throaty tin sound of the mouth or throat. And when done properly, the Bel Canto style appears to be done effortlessly.

I can certainly tell you that Louis has mastered this sound and he certainly makes it sound pure without effort. I also know however that he trains daily and trains with a proficiency, that only come with experience and the proper tutelage.

This brilliant compilation of songs from various composers ranges in time from the 1500’s through today showing that the distinctive Bel Canto form works with many styles of music and is in fact timeless in its ability to add beauty and depth to any song of substance.

This CD has sixteen tracks of some of the most beautiful Bel Canto voice ever performed and I don’t think the songs listed are that makes it beautiful. I think that can only be credited to the talents and vocal fortitude of Louis-Alexander Desire.


Louis just thirteen last May, is in vocal prime and shows no signs of his voice breaking. He is getting ready for the release of Vox Angeli’ second CD. Hopefully we will see at least one more, full solo CD by Louis in the Treble range. When you have a treble with such extraordinary talent you want to get every not and preserve it for posterity. This CD set a whole new bar of achievement.


Like many, I wait patiently for the second Vox Angeli CD to be released.

However, in the way of treble soloist CD’s, I have not been this impressed since Louis-Alexander Desiré produced his “Forgotten Favorites” CD.


Forgotten Favorites

I fully expect that this one will win a Trebby Award this year.

You may purchase his New Bel Canto CD by emailing belcantoboy@gmail.com and may pay via PayPal if you are in the US. I would suggest that you get a copy of theis extremely rare voice. This CD is destined to become a collectors prize.

The authority on Treble voices

Welcome to Bestpi’s Soap Box

Here you will find navigation to my other pages. I’ve sorted this in a most peculiar way for a blog, but I think it will facilitate my needs better in this layout.

Links on the right side let you go directly to the page you want. That way, there is no scrolling through large piles of junk you’re not interested in to get to the meat. I like that part.

Sit back, kick off your shoes and dig around a bit. I tend to be informal here and want you to be as well.

My rules are easy. Don’t be impolite. Remember that kid’s will often come here to read what has been written about themselves. Useless negative comments and spam won’t get approved anyways.

Do leave comments and messages if you have questions , comments or wish me to write about anyone in particular. Or if you have a new treble lead. (They grow like mushrooms. You can have a whole new crop overnight.)

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