Parents so proud of C Major

Musical heritage: Leo and Susana Valazquez, parents of recently eliminated The Voice contestant C Major, are both musicians too, with Leo performing his mariachi act locally. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

Musical heritage: Leo and Susana Valazquez, parents of recently eliminated The Voice contestant C Major, are both musicians too, with Leo performing his mariachi act locally. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

EVEN as a three-year-old, singer and producer Carlos Valazquez couldn't live without music; he even needed a song playing to go to sleep.

So his parents weren't surprised when he became a finalist on Channel Nine's The Voice this year.

Leo and Susana Valazquez, who still live in Bossley Park, where Mr Valazquez and his three brothers and four sisters grew up, said their son loved music from an early age.

His parents, who are of Uruguayan and Argentinian heritage, both performed in a band together playing latin music when their children were young.

"And we were always singing at home," Mr Valazquez said.

He said the former Prairiewood High School student learnt to play the piano at school and then took up a range of other instruments as well, including the guitar, drums, bass and trumpet.

Mr Valazquez said one of his son's earliest musical influences was John Farnham.

"When he was four years old we went to a show and had a little microphone for him, and he got up on a chair and started singing into the microphone along with John Farnham."

Known by his performing name of C Major on the show, the 28-year-old was voted out of the competition during its first ever "instant save" voting round on Monday night.

But his father said that his experience on the show had been its own reward.

"He learned so much on the show," he said.

"He's a very humble person and down-to-earth but he transforms himself onstage.

"It was a tough competition, but Carlos is the whole package and he's already working in the industry."

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