HIS own experiences of bullying will empower teen singing star Jordan Anthony to step on stage in support of young people this month.
The 14-year-old, who was the youngest contestant to make the finals in The Voice TV competition earlier this year, will perform at the Youth Focus Night of Nights ball on August 31.
Jordan will sing “empowering songs” such as ‘What about us’, ‘Man in the mirror’, ‘Flashlight’ and ‘You say’.
“It’s for such an amazing cause; I’m grateful to be part of something so positive,” the Woodvale Secondary College Year 9 student said.
“There was a time when I was going through really tough times with bullying at primary school.
“I was really down and having really bad thoughts.
“Music and my family were my two sources of support and strength.”
Jordan said his family and his music got him through experiences of physical and verbal bullying, and young people should always seek help when faced with similar issues.
“There’s always going to be someone that wants you to be ok, and there’s always going to be someone that cares for you and wants you to be better,” he said.
“There were people at my school that had the ability to help me.
“The first people that you should go to is your family and just talk to them about what you are going through.
“If you don’t feel you can get help through your family, there are support numbers.”
The Hocking resident said he learnt to embrace who he was.
“The big thing for me is I was constantly worrying about what others thought,” he said.
“I learnt I should just do me, not worry about what others think.”
Keen to help people, Jordan said he did a video through Make-A-Wish for a girl who wanted to win The Voice, offering tips and singing her a song.
“A lot of my music is written about things that are happening at the time,” he said.
“Sometimes it’s about bullying; sometimes it’s about relationships.
“I just put pen to paper and it flows.”
Youth Focus will host its Night of Nights on Saturday, August 31 in the Grand Ballroom at Crown Perth from 7pm. Tickets cost $285 per person via youthfocus.com.au.
Funds raised go towards counselling and support services that Youth Focus provides to young people across WA.
Its services also include mental health education in schools and the community, as well as web-counselling to regional and remote parts of the state.
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