Road trips are a lot of fun, more so when it involves belting out your favorite tracks to your heart’s content. It takes the boredom out of traveling long distances and makes for a great bonding moment with family and friends. Plus, you can sing badly without anyone judging you!
In a video that has gone viral, Matt Clayton from Kent, England is seen driving with his son Archie. They weren’t exactly on a road trip, but Matt decided to film their journey home from shopping as they sing to a 1920s classic.
The song was “Me and My Shadow”, recorded by jazz icon Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. The father and son duo, as if on cue, started singing the first line of the song together in perfect harmony.
They then jump into a duet, with Archie singing his adlibs while his father carries the melody with his beautiful voice. What’s more amazing is that Archie, who was just 6 years old when the video was filmed, knew every word to the song and seemed to genuinely enjoy his duet with his father.
Matt sings in a swing band called Our Way and performs with the Dover Operatic and Dramatic Society, which is no surprise as his pitch-perfect talent is clearly evidenced in the clip. It looks as though musical talent runs in the family, as Matt’s wife Gemma, is a pianist.
The singer says that he posted the video and put it online as a dig at one of his bandmates that his son might be better at singing Sinatra than him. Matt says that he has always loved to sing and started performing when he was around Archie’s age. The proud father also shares that Archie knows all the words to some of Sinatra’s songs.
“Whenever we are in the car we are always singing along and Frank Sinatra is Archie’s favorite.”, Matt says.
The dashcam footage garnered a lot of shares that the duo even appeared for an interview at WGN Morning News. Despite the popularity that the duo was getting, it was not the internet stardom, the millions of views, and American fame that excites Archie.
Matt said, “He doesn’t really understand the number of views etc but it is the paper which he really appreciates.”
Archie also expressed his love for the jazz legend. He said “I really like Frank Sinatra. There are no other singers I like as much. I like his voice a lot and I love singing along, but I think my dad is probably a better singer than me.”
It looks like we have a young talent to watch out for! But the real achievement here goes far beyond the fame – it is the irreplaceable bond and precious relationship that the father and son share with each other.
Watch the viral clip below of Matt and Archie singing their hearts out.
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