PorktoberQue is pleased to announce that Friday September 25 at 6pm, Reid Soria will perform on the main outside stage. Reid is an impressive young man who has a fantastic voice and an even more fantastic outlook on life.
Reid was born in November 1985 at Eglin AFB, FL. One year later his military family was relocated to Europe. While living in base housing (Nellingen Kaserne, near Mohrengin, Germany) Reid began to show signs of severe developmental regression.
At the age of three, Reid was diagnosed with autism and the prognosis the doctors gave his family was very grim. In fact, the only recommendation offered by “the experts” was to quietly put him in an institution, as there was very little hope for any significant progress. This option was very quickly rejected. There were not many resources available in those days, but his parents were determined to improve the chances for the quality of life for young Reid.
The years that followed were filled with great friends, sister Joanna, and many others encouraging and working with Reid and his needs. School teachers and school psychologists were passionate in their efforts to help this young man progress. The long journey was one filled with hope, faith, and perseverance and has brought Reid to the point where he is now, surpassing all expectations. He graduated from Choctawhatchee High School, Fort Walton Beach, FL in June 2004.
About five years ago, it was discovered quite by accident that he had developed a talent for singing. Since then he has sung in musical productions from Pensacola to Tallahassee, and all the way down to Orlando at the Family Café Governor’s Summit and up into Alabama as well and is a frequent entertainer in many of our local community events. Along with providing entertainment for many private events, Reid has also participated in many fundraisers for the Autism Pensacola Inc. Connecting the Pieces annual gala, Building Homes for Heroes, the Autism Society of the Emerald Coast, Relays for Life and the annual United for a Good Cause (Inc.) Christmas Party for underprivileged children. Reid was invited to sing at the annual UCF CARD Conference in Orlando, January 2015. His performance in Orlando resulted in an invitation to sing at the UMN NSU CARD Tropical Nights Gala, InterContinetHotel Hotel, Miami in May 2015.
He is a favorite to perform the national anthem (a capella) at sporting events (Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Pensacola Ice Flyers, Birmingham Barons), as well as City, Veterans, and military events and retirements. His singing was an integral factor in his selection to perform in the local fundraiser, “Dancing with Desire.” He had the chance to share the stage with several dancers from the “Dancing with the Stars” show. Reid took dancing lessons at the local Fred Astaire Studios in preparation for his singing and dancing to the classic “Sway” in the style of Michael Buble’. His dancing lessons continue at Fred Astaire and he is loving every minute of it.
Reid released his debut album, “Imagine the Possibilities” in 2013, and he continues to pursue his career in singing and entertainment. He welcomes the opportunity to enlighten the general public that everyone has gifts and talents to share. We hope his life will serve to encourage those who hear him to imagine the possibilities for their own lives and pursue their dreams with courage and conviction. Reid’s repertoire includes covers of songs recorded by Josh Groban, Michael Buble’, Owl City, along with other oldie, rock, and easy listening selections. When words fail, Autism Sings!
Please contact us at his entertainment company, Autism Sings, LLC for a complete list of his songs, his engagement availability, and our price list at (850) 864-4539, (850) 865-7439 or at email@example.com.