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Duluth Musician a Rising Star

Posted at: 03/28/2013 10:22 PM
Updated at: 03/28/2013 10:44 PM
By: Dayna Landgrebe

An up-and-coming local musician is making a big impact on the Northland--and the best part--and he's only 14 years old.

Jake Vainio is a freshman at Duluth's Harbor City International School. He's got a real passion for music, and it's obvious why. His natural talent has lead him to explore acoustic and electric guitar, piano and the trombone.

On Thursday night, he was the featured guest on Henry Banks' People of Color radio show on KUWS. Banks spotted Vainio playing the piano during a UWS event and asked him to come on the show.

The soft-spoken student said his original inspiration into music came from a song.

"I heard the intro into 'Come Sail Away' by the Styxs on the piano and I wanted to learn how to play it and that took me into piano, and piano took me into guitar and now I'm here," Vainio said.

Vainio said music is what he loves to do, and is already working on recording an album.

"[Music] is what I do in my free time, it's what i think about. It's just usually my main focus of thought," he said.

Vainio displayed his improvisational skills on the electric guitar and a keyboard during Banks' show.