Singer who does not speak launches bid for Number One in UK charts.

A young man with autism, who does not speak but has an incredible singing voice, is launching his first ever bid for a number one in the UK music charts.

The young musician is hoping to make history by launching his latest single in a bid to smash the UK Top 40 charts and raise awareness of autism.

Kyle Coleman, 27, who was diagnosed with ‘classic autism’ aged two and uses Green Light’s respite services in Portreath, needs 3,000 people to download his “Standing on Solid Ground” to achieve the coveted number one place in the chart.

He is launching his bid on Wednesday (APRIL 2), World Autism Awareness Day, when there will be many activities and social events taking place worldwide to celebrate and raise awareness of the condition.

Kyle enjoying a walk on the cliff top near Godrevy Lighthouse with his mother, Caroline, a musician who wrote many of the songs that feature on his new album.

His proud mother, Caroline Coleman, said: “This will be the first time that a single has charted by a non-verbal person, and almost unbelievably also to our knowledge, by any person with a disability, so will definitely be history in the making. We need 3000 or so downloads between before 6th April 2014 to make it happen and give autism a bigger voice so that it can be better understood.”

You can pre-order the tunes here:

Kyle has been non-verbal from a young age, but found his voice during music therapy a few years ago when his family discovered his natural musical ability to sing with an almost perfect pitch.

His mum said: “A therapist with the Cornwall Music Therapy Service started to teach Kyle. To our amazement we found that he had learnt the words from many of his favourite CDs, including ‘Monday, Monday’ by The Mamas and the Papas and he was able to play a melody on the keyboard.  We had no idea this talent was locked inside Kyle. Bit by bit the therapist got him to be more vocal.”

In 2012, Kyle recorded his debut album, "Therefore I Am" which was released to coincide with World Autism Awareness Day. “His music has been downloaded by fans in Brazil, Canada, Poland, Italy, France, America and China,” said Caroline, who is hoping people in the UK will get behind his chart topping attempt.

Last year he started working with vocal coaches and acclaimed music producer John Carter recording his second album "Beyond the Syntax" which will be released next month.

The album features 12 tracks written especially for Kyle which touch on all aspects of autism including the communication difficulties encountered, and at times, the isolated world of living with autism.

The Single 'Standing on Solid Ground' is a powerful, uplifting song and is lyrically very poignant, and has been chosen as Kyle's debut single taken from his new album

His mum added: “Since Kyle undertook music therapy a few years ago, unlocking his astonishing singing ability, his musical journey continues to unfold providing him with a range of musical outlets, which has now led him to become part of a larger musical community. This has not only had a profound effect on Kyle, it has been life changing.”

Kyle regularly sings during his breaks away from home at Green Light’s respite home in Portreath. Gemma Morris, who manages the house, said: “Kyle is brilliant. 

He sings throughout the day, it brings a calming influence, the staff and customers enjoy listening to him. He has a wide variety of skills and is such a joy to be around.”

Kyle recently performed at the British Association for Music Therapists conference in Birmingham and has been invited to take part in a pilot scheme, organised by Sound Waves South West, to take music therapy into schools across Cornwall to show how it can have positive outcomes for pupils who are struggling to fit in.

Caroline said: “Kyle’s interest in music has motivated him to learn to read.  His anxiety levels have more than halved since he started singing. He now has a close friend and feels part of the community. He is making so many connections and enjoys performing to other groups within the autistic community.”

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