Hope singer Benjamin Neufeld is set to release a new album in October with his dad.

Local singer auditions for TV show

Benjamin Neufeld auditioned for Canada's Got Talent this week

Benjamin Neufeld is hoping to show Canada that he’s got talent.

The local 18-year-old singer is auditioning this week for the upcoming season of Canada’s Got Talent, which debuts on CityTV next March.  The show is modeled after the American and British versions, which features a three-strikes rule by the judges. Competition is open to acts of all ages and types, including singers, dancers, jugglers, comedians, magicians and trapeze artists

While he’s a bit nervous about the audition, Neufeld admits he’s looking forward to the experience regardless of the outcome.

“All I can hope for is the best and pray,” he said. “I guarantee no one will be singing the songs I sing though.”

Neufeld performs old country, blue grass, folk and gospel music. He grew up singing in church, school concerts and local events. He quickly found a connection in the songs his dad Rolly introduced him to.

“Old country and that kind of music comes from the heart. It means more,” said Neufeld. “I like to communicate through singing. I think it’s a gift. Of course you learn it, but it’s never the same as if you have it as a gift.”

Winning Battle of the Acts at Hope Secondary School in April sparked a passion in Neufeld to pursue music as a career. While performing in front of a crowd of 500 students, he decided someday he wanted to be singing in New York’s Madison Square Garden.

“Singing is like my friend, it’s the only thing I got really,” he said. “I really feel peaceful when I’m on stage. I like the feeling of applause and standing ovations.”

Neufeld and his dad recently recorded a 10-song album with Bob Tarr at Hope Secondary School, which is set to be released in mid-October. The duo is also planning to record a gospel CD this fall. The new album is $15 and available through backstage@hotmail.ca