Young blues prodigy winning fans with his guitar playing
Published Tuesday, August 12, 2014 1:31PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, August 12, 2014 4:57PM EDT
Felix de St-Hilaire may be just ten years old, but he plays the blues like an old soul.
Inspired by legends such as Robert Johnson and Charley Patton, he has been playing guitar since he was six years old.
"He started to play by himself. It was really incredible," said his mother Marie-Eve Soucy.
"It took him a few months and suddenly he knew how to play guitar. He listened to Blues music, and he began to imitate his favourite artists, and he did it all himself."
It wasn't long before Felix was playing for others, including during telethons.
But his popularity took off last month when he played for a small group one evening at his summer camp with the Quebec Foundation for the Blind.
Felix, born three months premature, has been blind since birth.
The camp's supervisor posted the video to YouTube and was very surprised by the reaction online.
"I put it on Facebook and all my friends were saying 'wow, he's good," said Steve Joseph. "But I never imagined it would make such a big impact."
The videos led to a last-minute concert: this past weekend Felix played on stage before an audience of thousands at the Festiblues festival in Ahuntsic.
More concerts are in the works, but the newfound fame isn't going to Felix's head.
When asked if he wants to become famous, Felix has one simple, and funny answer.
"I am a star. I'm already a star!" laughed Felix.