by Robert Bell
Askew — who's performed in productions by the Arkansas Repertory Theatre's Young Artist program — sang part of Queen's "Breakthru" and a touch of the jazz standard "Nature Boy." It's fair to say the judges were a bit surprised by his seriously impressive vocal chops.
In the background segment, Askew talks about how he's always felt awkward and had a hard time communicating with people. Music has been a vital conduit. Askew's mother said his doctor diagnosed him with "Charlie Askew Syndrome," because "he didn't really fit any diagnosis."
"When I was little I wasn't able to reach out and connect with people socially or verbally," the young singer said. "Through music, finally I found an outlet, some way I can express myself."
The whole segment is mega-adorable. Watch it after the jump, it'll brighten your day.