Second-grader Nico Brommer noticed some girls singing in a choir last year and told his mother that’s what he wanted to do.
His singing was originally noticed last year at his church Christmas program, where most of the boys sang only quietly. Brommer and a friend belted out the songs.
“People called and texted us about his singing,” said Brommer’s mother, Erin Heeringa. “I was surprised. People enjoyed it so much.”
Since taking a musical theater class at Jansen Art Center, Brommer, 8, has performed several recitals.
“I always liked how cool the human’s voice is,” he said. “I wanted to sing.”
At home, Nico helps out on the family’s hobby farm, which includes pigs, cows, chickens, and the horse that his sister, Maria, 15, recently received.
While Brommer actually likes to listen to Christian singer Michael W. Smith, they tease him by calling him “Nico-back,” a play on the Canadian rock band “Nickelback.”
Most recently, he sang the Randy Newman hit song “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from the movie “Toy Story” in chapel in front of his fellow students at Lynden Christian Elementary School.
“Everybody was saying ‘I didn’t know you could sing!’” Brommer said.
It wasn’t easy for him to get on stage, but said he really liked how people smiled when they heard his voice.
“I felt really nervous and I just wanted to get it over with,” he said. “But afterward I felt really good.”
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