Valley View student sings at inaugural event
From Submitted Reports January 25, 2013 10:36PM
Torian Williams, a student at Brooks Middle School in Bolingbrook, sang at one of the inaugural events in Washington, D.C. | submitted photo
Updated: February 28, 2013 6:52AM
An exhausted Torian Williams was back at Brooks Middle School in Bolingbrook Wednesday after a whirlwind, but memorable, trip to Washington, D.C., to sing at the Presidential Inauguration Kids Concert on Saturday night.
Torian performed at the Washington Convention Center along with The Soul Children of Chicago, a 40-plus member gospel youth choir with which he has been singing for the past two years. The group sang a rendition of the Beatles “Come Together” and “Lift Him Up.”
“It was an unexplainable experience,” the seventh-grader said. “You’re really in shock at first when you see the first lady and the president. But you just sing and do what you have to do.”
He said it also was exciting to be back stage and see Katy Perry and some members of the “Glee” cast who also performed.
The son of Tamiko and Timothy Williams, Torian has been singing since he was 4, utilizing the talents he inherited from a long line of gospel singers in his family.
He attended Oak View Elementary School and has a sister who is a sophomore at Bolingbrook High School and a brother who is at Oak View.