As soon as 16-year-old Raffi Arto began singing Elvis Presley’s hit song “Can’t Help Falling In Love” on The Voice France, ears around the world perked up. The teen’s voice was as soft as a feather, yet had the same power that Elvis commanded so many years ago.
By the time Raffi really got into his performance, it was clear that he was a force to be reckoned with. No one was expecting such an emotional performance from someone that’s not even old enough to drive…
Ever since Raffi was a child, his mind was totally consumed by music. He sang everywhere he went as a toddler and started playing piano at the age of six. Nearly all of his childhood memories involved creating, playing or practicing music – in one form or another!
So when Tele-Loisirs asked how often he practices music nowadays, the teen chuckled and replied:
“I don’t count anymore! When I started playing the piano, I practiced for two or three hours a day. Today I spend another good hour. But I have other passions, like football and boxing… Well, I put the sport aside for The Voice because this adventure will be short, and I’m trying to make the most of it.”
Things used to be easy for Raffi when it came to music, but now he’s singing in front of more people than he could ever dream. In an interview with Le Parisien, Raffi explained that performing for millions of people watching at home isn’t easy every week.
In fact, the talented teen says he suffers from a good deal of stage fright before the limelights flicker on.
“When we are in front of millions of people, it is not easy.”
No matter how many somersaults his stomach does onstage, Raffi obviously knows how to make it look like he’s cool, calm and collected. His nerves were nowhere to be seen during his recent performance of “Can’t Help Falling In Love.”
The talented teen hit every note – even the oh-so-difficult wavering Elvis ones – and looked more than happy doing so. Clearly, he’s a natural performer!
By the time the song came to a close, the crowded theater was on its feet. Everyone was totally blown away by his rendition and wanted to see more of him in the future!
Listen to Raffi sing “Can’t Help Falling In Love” below. He’s definitely going to go far!