Meet Twelve Year Old Singing Sensation: Grant Landis

4 years ago

It’s not every day you meet a twelve year-old kid who can carry a tune, much less one who can do so while enjoying a game of billiards.  Unless, of course, you happen to be lucky enough to live in Joplin, MO and invite Grant Landis and his dad over to your house. 

Even though our family has been friends with the Landis Family for several years now, I was still unprepared for the brief a cappella performance I witnessed last April as Grant and my daughter competed in a game of pool.

Grant had recently wrapped up his tryouts for this season’s “X Factor” talent search and was patiently waiting for news about the show’s final cut.

“Mike, seriously, can he sing?” I asked my friend after he explained the audition process for the hit show.  “I mean, you know, every parent thinks his or her kid is talented.”

In lieu of a reply, my friend simply said, “Grant, sing something for Dawn.”

What I then heard was absolutely jaw-dropping.  Grant proceeded to sing a cover of Bruno Mars’s “The Lazy Song” that was almost indistinguishable from the original performer’s version. All while still playing pool.

“Holy cow, Mike, your kid can sing!” I yelled. (Literally, I yelled this.  That’s how exciting it was to listen to Grant sing.)

Fast forward eight months and Grant Landis now has his very own Official YouTube Video and three original songs (that he wrote, no less) available for purchase on iTunes. And, talk about a cutie pie!  This kid is the total package!

So, gather your twelve year-old daughters - and all their friends - around the computer and check out his video.  And then prepare yourself to be known as the coolest mom on the block for finding this fresh new, cute talent.  You can thank me in the comments section below!



Follow Grant on Twitter at @grantlandis, or InstaGram at  He can also be found on Facebook.


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