In fact, at 16 years old, Matarazzo has already scored collaborations with some of music's biggest stars, including Paramore and Kelly Clarkson — and this is … In fact, at 16 years old, Matarazzo has already scored collaborations with some of music's biggest stars, including Paramore and Kelly Clarkson — and this is just his side gig. The kid has got some pipes. For me it's a three-way split. You definitely have to hear and see Matarazzo in musical action, because it is too amazing for words. 2020 Bustle Digital Group. Except, they aren't really regular kids at all. The 15-year-old actor who plays Dustin has a beautiful voice, and it's one he's been putting to use for years. And who can forget that Steve Harrington, er, Joe Keery is in a group called Post Animal. Also, he sort of stunned me because I didn't hear his trademark lisp, but it's ok I'll be fine. And here I was, thinking his main talent in … No, you're not in the Upside Down: Gaten Matarazzo’s singing voice really is that good. After all, who knew the lovable, curly-haired kid from Stranger Things had that in him? Even Paramore's lead singer Hayley Williams praised Matarazzo after the performance, tweeting: "the harmonies were so right. The band eventually broke up after everyone except for Corden was offered a role on Stranger Things, and the sketch ended with the group performing an impressive medley of classic Motown hits including The Four Tops' "I'll Be There," The Temptations' "My Girl," and The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back.". After attending Harlem School of the Arts, the 16-year-old who plays Lucas on the show, also began a career for himself back in 2012 when he played Young Simba in Broadway's The Lion King. But when McLaughlin isn't doing karaoke, he's putting his talent to more serious use. So a quick poll here, everyone: What's better about this video, the melodious sound of Matarazzo's voice, his adorable fedora/t-shirt/shorts combination... or the fact that he knows a song from Les Mis in the first place? Also, it's going to be a long wait until Season 2 of Stranger Things. A few years later in 2014, took his talents over to Les Misérables where he played Gavroche. But mostly, I just really loved the kids of Stranger Things because they seem like real kids. But sweet little Gaten Matarazzo is singing on a different level. ", It's no surprise that he was able to hold his own, given the he began his career on the Great White Way. Not many bands go from Red Hot Chili Peppers, to Paramore, to Sublime, so it’s a nice setlist! ", Another clue to his vocal abilities: the time Matarazzo got to sing with Kelly Clarkson, of course. In addition to their now-famous Paramore cover, the group has also won raves for their renditions of Fall Out Boy's "Sugar, We're Goin' Down" and "Everlong" by the Foo Fighters, just to name a few. You obviously won't be able to see him performing in the role any longer, as his commitment to the hit show Stranger Things probably takes up a huge chunk of his time, but luckily for you there are tons and tons and tons of videos on YouTube in which you can watch the then-11-year-old performing in action. He's certainly not the only musically gifted Stranger Things cast member. All rights reserved. 2020 Bustle Digital Group. So there's that. Clearly, there's nothing strange about these guys' talents. Skip to 2016 after Matarazzo skyrocketed to fame thanks to his role in the Netflix series, the young actor was asked to sing the national anthem alongside his sister, Sabrina Matarazzo, before a Mets game. One year ago, videos of Matarazzo singing "Misery Business" with Paramore during the alt-rock band's June 26 tour stop at Brooklyn's Barclay's Center left fans stunned. Matarazzo once played Gavroche and Petit Gervais in Les Mis on Broadway. During a 2017 Motown parody with James Corden, Matarazzo crooned along with Stranger Things costars Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, and Noah Schnapp, to tunes that included the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” The Temptations’ “My Girl,” and The Four Tops’ “Reach Out, I’ll Be There.” Wolfhard is also part of Vancouver-based band Capurnia, and McLaughlin appeared as a young Ricky Bell in BET's 2017 New Edition biopic. sister, Sabrina Matarazzo, before a Mets game, flawlessly rapped Nicki Minaj's verse on Kanye West's "Monster", sang an epic Motown medley alongside host James Corden. But sweet little Gaten Matarazzo is singing on a different level. "Some cover bands focus on a specific genre, or specific type of rock, where they almost need an “identity” or to have their thing," he added to the New Jersey-based alternative weekly newspaper last year. Regular, goofball kids who get into weird situations and step up with that courage only kids really understand. According to Vulture, Eleven (also known beyond the Upside Down as Millie Bobby Brown) can rock covers like nobody's business, and Steve (he of the Elvis hair and questionable friends, Mr. Joe Keery) is a psychedelic rocker. The kids joined Corden on his show to star in a documentary-style sketch parody about a forgotten music group cleverly called The Upside Downs. And let's not forget about last week when the whole gang — Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, and Noah Schnapp — appeared on the Late, Late Show and sang an epic Motown medley alongside host James Corden. They are exceptional, as evidenced by Stranger Things' Gaten Matarazzo singing Les Mis and stunning everyone with his outsized talent. Who knew Dustin could also carry a tune? Back in 2014, Matarazzo played Gavroche in the Broadway revival of Les Miserables. "When I was younger, I definitely thought musical theater was sort of more pure than film," he revealed to Paste Magazine in 2017. It turns out the whole gang at Stranger Things is chock full of talented, singing prodigies. And here I was, thinking his main talent in life was being the most adorable group hugger ever. Although Matarazzo's favorite band to cover is a tie between Green Day and Pearl Jam ("Eddie Vedder’s voice was one I was ... fond of immediately, I feel comfortable singing his songs, he told The Aquarian Weekly in January 2018), he's proud of his group's versatility. And it's not like he's belting out some Bieber or Sean Mendez or anything — Matarazzo is all about the showtunes. Matarazzo has an amazing voice and it's pretty clear that singing isn't just a hobby for him. Here is what I love about Stranger Things on Netflix: everything. It turns out the boy can also sing. But then, of course, I started doing film and realized I loved it.". Well, besides anyone who's followed Work In Progress — which also includes Matarazzo's siblings, Sabrina and Carmen — and gotten hooked on their catchy covers, that is. was NOT expecting that level of right-ness. So it's safe to say that singing and performing are kind of a big part of the Stranger Things kids' lives, Matarazzo especially. And the singing duo's performance was, not surprisingly, incredible. Matarazzo (who plays Dustin, the Dungeons and Dragons-loving, lisping, girl-fearing sweetheart) is not exactly a one-trick pony. "We don’t feel that way; we don’t need to just play one genre! Then there's Millie Bobby Brown, who surprised us all last year when she flawlessly rapped Nicki Minaj's verse on Kanye West's "Monster" during an appearance on The Tonight Show last year. Editor's Note: A previous version of this article mistakenly referred to Gaten Matarazzo as Gaten Matazarro. If you thought Stranger Things' Dustin's talents ended with opening curiosity doors, being an excellent friend, and taking care of demodogs, then think again. ", Joe Keery is in a group called Post Animal. I, for one, am ecstatic that the internet has taken to adoring 13-year-old Matarazzo like a duck to water. The actor, who plays Dustin in Stranger Things, is in a band called Work in Progress — but his talent is anything but that. Matarazzo appeared with his costar, Caleb McLaughlin, in a short video for The Guardian last year in which the two boys performed karaoke and sang the soundtracks from classic '80s films like Ghostbusters and The Goonies. Matarazzo once played Gavroche and Petit Gervais in Les Mis on Broadway. I love that it reminds me of being a kid, and I love that it's unique and familiar at the same time. All rights reserved. Matarazzo appeared with his costar, Caleb McLaughlin, in a short video for The Guardian last year in which the two boys performed karaoke and … His character on the show seems a bit too preoccupied with defeating demogorgons to really do anything song-and-dance related, but if he were to return to Broadway after wrapping up the final season of the Netflix show, we definitely wouldn't be opposed. The Demogorgon better watch out. According to the boys, they formed the group while they were in school together, though Corden being much older than the rest of them is what usually caused him to stand out. In a promo video for Canada's 2017 WE Day, he gave the three-time Grammy winner a lift in a golf cart, and, during the ride he joined Clarkson in duets of "We Are Family" and "We Are the Champions. We just want to play music that everyone likes, that we like ourselves. But that's not to say that, of all the Stranger Things kids, Matarazzo is the only one with some sort of musical talent. thanks for hangin with us & our friends.". As it turns out, the kid is a multi-faceted little 13-year-old with a crazy hidden talent. Who knew Dustin could also carry a tune? Few things in this world are more precious than videos of Gaten Matarazzo singing. You should know this isn't the first time Matarazzo has been the most adorable thing on the internet since kittens and pianos were a thing either: And if that still wasn't enough to melt your cold, cold heart... here he is at the age of seven years old singing at the U.S. Open. Because it means Dustin is still in my life. "I used to say I’d never go to film because we had to get it right the first time in musical theater. At a karaoke party last week, he was caught singing "Bring Him Home" from Les Miserables in front of a giant SpongeBob SquarePants (no word on the significance of SquarePants' presence). He also played a young Ricky Bell in BET's miniseries, The New Edition Story, earlier this year. Before Matarazzo played Dustin on Stranger Things, he was wowing crowds on Broadway when he appeared as Benjamin in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The show's host, Jimmy Fallon, was so impressed with her skills that he invited her back to the show last month where she performed a phenomenal rapping recap of Stranger Things Season 1. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images, Matarazzo singing "Misery Business" with Paramore, Matarazzo got to sing with Kelly Clarkson, duets of "We Are Family" and "We Are the Champions. We regret this error.

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