Nick Kluftinger will be performing at Shaughnessy Heights United Church in Vancouver on Feb. 9. (Photo submitted)

North Delta teen crooner to sing at gospel competition

Fifteen-year-old Nick Kluftinger ranks Sinatra and Nat King Cole among his favourite performers

Teenagers are seldom thought of as crooning along to classics like Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me To The Moon,” but Nick Kluftinger’s repertoire reads like a compilation of pop staples from generations past.

The 15-year-old Burnsview Secondary student specializes in jazz, including favourites by legends like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Dean Martin. But he’s not adverse to contemporary singers like Jamie Cullum and Tony DeSare, and occasionally dips a toe in the pop and rock ponds as well.

“I think jazz is refreshing, it has a broad appeal and I think more people my age should hear it,” Kluftinger said. “I’m going to be trying out opera in the future, see if I like and if it suits my voice.”

Kluftinger started singing with the Delta Wonderchoir when he was nine years old, moving on to solo performances three years later. As a solo artist, he has taken part in community open mics and competitions such as Delta Idol and Delta’s Got Talent, and has sung at the Vancouver Christmas Market and other Lower Mainland events.

He also performs in musical theatre, getting parts in adaptions of Hairspray and The Little Mermaid at Burnsview Secondary and with the Fraser Valley Gilbert and Sullivan Society, respectively.

Coming up on Feb. 9, Kluftinger will sing solo at The Voice – Gospel Style as a winner of the VIP Young Artist Solo Vocal Competition. The event will take place at the Shaughnessy Heights United Church in Vancouver (1550 W 33rd Ave.).

The rest of 2019 looks quite busy for Kluftinger. Apart from playing The Grinch in Seussical the Musical at the Coast Capital Playhouse this April and May, he plans on recording a professional demo in the spring, and come fall he’ll be attending the Delta School District’s Performance Academy, a joint venture between the district and Vancouver Opera.

“At this young age, opera is kind of something to wrap your head around, but it kind of has all the elements that he loves about musical theatre,” said Kluftinger’s mother, Shirley-Anne Parsons.

“He’s not a big dancer, so it might actually appeal to him because it’s heavy on performance and singing.”

For a taste of his vocal skills, visit Kluftinger’s YouTube channel.



sasha.lakic@northdeltareporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

North Delta MLA Ravi Kahlon cleared of conflict allegations

Commissioner finds MLA’s father’s taxi licence doesn’t equal a conflict of interest while working on ride-sharing regulations

Grieving South Surrey mom ‘disappointed’ province not moving quicker to fix recovery homes

Min. Judy Darcy says new regulations, effective Dec. 1, follow ‘many horror stories’

B.C.’s health, addictions ministers to announce changes to recovery-house rules

Safety, quality of care targeted; South Surrey parent whose son overdosed ‘curious’ about amendments

Potters’ House of Horrors sets date for opening weekend in Surrey

The ‘Death Valley Motor Inn’ is an all-new haunted house this year

Surrey school district unveils its first rainbow crosswalk

Superintendent Jordan Tinney says colour crossing ‘a statement that everyone is welcome in Surrey’

Pickle me this: All the outrageous foods at this year’s PNE

Pickled cotton candy, deep-fried chicken skins, and ramen corndogs are just a start

New study suggests autism overdiagnosed: Canadian expert

Laurent Mottron: ‘Autistic people we test now are less and less different than typical people’

B.C. father tells judge he did not kill his young daughters

Andrew Berry pleaded not guilty to the December 2017 deaths

Trans Mountain gives contractors 30 days to get workers, supplies ready for pipeline

Crown corporation believes the expansion project could be in service by mid-2022

Mammoth sturgeon catch was ‘a fish of a lifetime’ for Chilliwack guide

Sturgeon was so enormous it tied for largest specimen every tagged and released in the Fraser

Fraser River sea bus proposed to hook into TransLink system

Maple Ridge councillor just wants to start discussion

Rosemount cooked diced chicken linked to listeria case in B.C.

The symptoms of listeria include vomiting, nausea, fever, muscle aches

Body found believed to be missing Chilliwack senior with dementia

Police say case is now in the hands of the coroner

Most Read