By Jordan Shade
Carson Venne is a 17-year-old young boy from Salmon Arm who has been diagnosed with Autism and mild symptoms of Tourettes. His passion is to sing pop music and to inspire other teens who want to achieve their dream goals.
Carson has a vocal and a piano coach who teaches in the same city as he currently resides This upcoming weekend, he’ll be in a competition at the Green Pub called ‘Okanagan’s Got Talent’. Carson was first inspired by American singer, James Durbin, who finished
fourth place in American Idol tenth season and his role model is a Scottish singer-songwriter, Lewis Capaldi.
His father, Laurence Venne, gets choked when he hears his son play. He says, “He can take an original song and add extra emotions and
makes the song sound extraordinary in the end.” His mother, Sandra Van Den Ham can be compared to a hockey mom – yelling and screaming her support,” Way to Go”. Everyone in the family is extremely happy with Carson’s progress since getting his lessons.
Ian and Marguerite from Kelowna have generously promised Carson a scholarship to be used in the pursuit of his music education sometime in the near future at the Shuswap Community Foundation.
Carson volunteers twice a week at Think Monkey Computers located in Salmon Arm where he helps to rebuild computers. These computers are sent to third world countries for individuals who normally cannot afford their own computer but some are also distributed locally to those in need. Carson loves helping out people and uses his talent of taking computers apart and putting them back together for this purpose.