Bourne Luna is the youngest artist ever to be featured on Torchlight Talent. Nothing captures the imagination like a young child with talent far beyond their years. It causes us to reflect on our assumptions and to dream about future potential. It is my pleasure to introduce you to this truly remarkable boy from the Philippines.
The Boy Behind the Name
His father, Regin Rex Luna, is also a competent musician and was kind enough to share some information about his talented son with us. He told us the story behind Bourne’s fascinating name:
“My son’s full name is Roebourne Diadem Luna. We got the name Roebourne from a former gold rush in Australia. Diadem means crown. So his name means “Golden Crown” because for us he is our greatest achievement!”
Bourne could accurately be described as a child prodigy, having a brain that effortlessly learns new skills and memorises information. At two years old he had memorised the world’s flags and he could recite long stories and poems at the age of three. At four years old, a video of him being the perfect call centre agent went viral. You can watch that utterly charming video here:
Incredible Young Talent
What is even more unusual is that, as well as Bourne’s amazing mathematical mind, he has great capacity for artistic expression. The combination of these two sides of the brian working so well is very rare indeed. Often highly creative people have trouble concentrating on large amounts of factual information and gifted logical thinkers find it hard to be imaginative and creative. Bourne gives ample evidence of both.
It is rare to hear a six-year-old who can accurately pitch. Usually the ear and vocal apparatus are not finely tuned until a year or two later and boys tend to develop later than girls. Listen to this delicate and beautiful performance of Lennon’s ‘Imagine’:
The Journey of a Genius
Bourne’s parents are well aware of his unique vocal ability:
“I personally noticed that he could correctly hit the tune when he was 2 years old but at that time I was not sure if he could really sing. He first got his vibrato at 3 when he imitated Frozen’s Olaf with his song “In Summer”.
Then, when he was 4, he was able to put proper tone into his voice and we let him sing songs like ‘You raise me up’ by Josh Groban, ‘I believe I can fly’ by R Kelly and many more.
At 5, he learned how to control his vibrato and a bit of placement of his voice and, most of all, he learned how to connect with his audience by using appropriate facial expressions.
Now that he’s 6 years old, he knows how control his tone and he can modulate his volume from loud to soft.”
Bourne also does well in school and is dealing well with the emotional pressures of being put forward a year and mixing with children that are older than him but at a similar stage of development. Like every young artist should, he has additional interests which he enjoys. He likes playing musical instruments such as guitar and drums and he loves to dance.
In conclusion, I would like to share the reality of little Bourne’s situation. Regin was kind enough to share with us some of the pain as well as the joy of having such a talented child:
“As a parent it hurts to know that your son is deprived of opportunities to help him reach his full potential. We wish we could buy him voice lessons, acting workshops, instrument lessons, dance lessons and many more but our resources are limited to food and other important necessities.
My dream is for him to become a singer of any genre that will fit his voice and character. Thanks so much, Sir, for the opportunity to share him with you. I hope people from the other side of the world will appreciate him.”
Please consider leaving an encouraging comment on Bourne’s Facebook profile. You might make a six-year-old’s day!
I leave you with this gorgeous father / son duet: