Young, cute and insanely talented are what makes Carson Lueders so special. The twelve year old has been working on his music career for a long time (did we mention he's only twelve?!) and has worked with some of the best in the biz. Translation: Carson Lueders is a name you'll want to remember for a long time to come.
With millions of views on his YouTube channel, on which he posts covers of popular songs, Carson's burgeoning career is steadily on the rise. He also has two original singles out: "Beautiful" and "Get to Know You Girl". Among his supporters are renowned country rocker Keith Urban, with whom he jammed on The View last year, and pop sensation Cody Simpson. Get to know this young star in our exclusive interview with him below!
Hi Carson, tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a twelve year old singer/guitarist who loves my family, friends, and fans! My two passions are music and sports. I’d say I’m an average kid who is getting to experience some pretty cool stuff in life.
What impact has entering the music industry at such a young age had on your life?
I wouldn’t say it’s made me grow up any faster but it has made me think about my future earlier than some kids. I feel like God has a plan for my life and career and I’m excited to see what that is. It’s kind of crazy to think my music and what I’m doing has been an inspiration to people around the world.
Is it tough balancing your school life and your career?
Yes, sometimes it’s tough keeping up with both. When I miss school for music and travelling, it’s hard to get caught back up. I really have to discipline myself more now. My parents say I’m definitely squeezing in plenty of free time to be a kid though too.
What's the most memorable moment of your career thus far?
My most memorable moment would definitely have to be singing and playing with my guitar hero Keith Urban on The View. It was a surprise and I thought I was just a guest in the audience. Next thing I knew I was up on stage and Keith was giving me an electric guitar and we were jamming! Keith was the person who inspired me to start playing guitar when I was four. It was like an awesome reward for all those years of hard work at my music.
You have worked with some of the biggest music producers in Hollywood — what was it like working with these producers?
I feel honoured to have worked with such talented music producers. It feels amazing to have people believe in your talent and want to work with you. We become like family after working together. We’ve recorded a lot of great original songs and hope to see them in an album someday!
"Get to Know You Girl" has surpassed one million views on YouTube. How does it feel to know that your music is played by hundreds of thousands of people all across the globe?
It’s so amazing to know that I have fans from all over the world. I think I have YouTube subscribers from over 112 countries now. My fan-base grew by posting cover songs but now it’s awesome to see people are enjoying my original songs too. Having “Get to Know You Girl” reach over a million views is a big deal for me. I feel like people like my music and that it’s time to start releasing more of my own music and a CD soon!
Apart from pop, what is your favourite genre of music to listen to?
I like lots of different styles: R&B, rap, country and Christian. I grew up listening to more country but now really like R&B/Soul music. One of my favourite artists is Justin Timberlake.
Is acting something you would be interested in venturing into in the near future?
I have met a lot of actors and go to school with many, but I am focusing on the music thing for now. It’s pretty time consuming to do everything right now but it might be something I would look into in the future.
You were recently featured on Radio Disney — any chance you might be working on Disney-related projects in the near future?
I recently toured the Radio Disney building, it was awesome. All the way from the control rooms, where they broadcast the television shows, to the studio where music is broadcasted. I hope to have my songs played on Radio Disney soon!
If you could play at any music festival in the world, which would it be?
I’d love to play at New York's Madison Square Garden someday. I’ve heard the Coachella Festival in California is pretty fun too!
Photo credits: Kelsey Edwards