Disabled boy reaches his dreams after singing in his high school’s talent show

Rodolfo Vieira
Apr 28, 2018
06:57 A.M.
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Jared Watson, a 16-year-old with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, is following his dreams after his musical performance reached several social media platforms.


While many people would let their diseases get to them and bring them down, the young man refused to do so and faced his fears in 2017, when he applied for his high school's talent show.

Watson didn't win; in fact, he managed to snag the third place in the competition, but he was still happy with his performance, which opened a few doors for him, as reported by Classic Country Music.

The Delmar High School sophomore always felt a special connection with music and dreamt of making it to Nashville to record an album, as all the great country legends did at the beginning of their careers



But unlike them, Watson's disease hinders him from performing certain tasks. According to the Muscular Dystrophy Association website, the condition is a genetic disease that affects 'the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement.' 

As Watson grew older, he started losing control of his legs and can no longer walk. But being confined to a chair didn't stop him from trying his luck and showing the world his worth.

As he stepped on stage with his father, who played the guitar, the teenager sang Randy Travis' I Told You So, and his powerful voice surprised everyone in the auditorium.


One could notice how much that moment meant to him, and how music helped him feel special. As previously mentioned, Watson didn't win the prize, but he received something much more valuable.

The video of his performance was shared online and gathered over 37 000 views. He was invited to sing at a local TV broadcast and was even offered the chance to record a demo at a record label to make his dream come true.