Adorable Sixth Grader Plays Bruno Mars in Subway, Helps Support Family

imag0589 Adorable Sixth Grader Plays Bruno Mars in Subway, Helps Support FamilyIf you occasionally pass through the Port Authority A, C, E subway station, you may have spotted Uriah Roman. He is a sixth grader in Bedford-Stuyvesant, and a budding singer. He has a slightly creaky voice (cut him a break, Simon, he’s twelve) but sings with total conviction.

He was there Tuesday night, belting out “Grenade,” by Bruno Mars, one of ten or so songs he said he taught himself by watching YouTube.

“I’m like a little nervous,” he told The Observer. It was his fourth time playing for straphangers. “People are reacting like, Wow,” he said. “Maybe they’ve never seen a little kid playing keyboards and singing out loud.”

The money—he makes around $75 in three hours—goes partly toward activities, and partly toward supporting his family. “His mom and I are going through financial struggles,” admitted Uriah’s stepfather, Jeffrey Rosario, 31, a plumber and carpenter who has had trouble finding work since being released from prison after a 10-year bid for armed robbery. “We have three kids, and they love to eat.”

Uriah has been playing for four or five years. A few weeks ago, recalled his mother, Julisa Roman, “He was like, ‘Mommy, you know, I want the people to know who I am.’ And I said, if you’re ready I’m behind you all the way. Let’s go.’ He’s got an open heart.”

She recalled that when she was pregnant with Uriah, she used to place headphones on her belly, and he’d move around.

Uriah flated an additional explanation for his talent. “I was born in the year 2000,” he said. “That’s when everything started hitting!”

Comments

  1. noah says:

    How could anyone not donate to a cutie like that!

  2. Andrew says:

    Aren’t their laws against child labor? There are proper channels for kids with musical talents – this seems a bit like the parents are exploiting the kid (of course they would make it seem like it’s the kid who wants it, so the authorities won’t be after them).

  3. Ed says:

    The child probably developed his talent at church , through Corus or school.  His so called (step father) a title like that is earned.  Like truly loving and supporting the family.  
     I believe he is a loser user you know the type. This child should be at home doing his homework studying, and maybe his mother should stop trying to make excuses about his talent to go on the subway entertaining straphangers.
    If her boyfriend is 31 she must be about the same age, unless she is a cougar.  She should get a job herself.
      School will pay off kid don’t waste your time on the subway platform,.  Let your mom & loser stepdad worry about financial matters.

  4. marina says:

     there’s a major problem here…the problem is not observing that he’s talented, it’s obvious       that he is! it’s not noticing he’s cute for and has guts  for going out there and singing, it’s noticing that he’s being exploited by his parents.  for the child to say that he’s out there singing to support his family should raise red flags.  there are other means for talent to be noticed…it’s not for a child to be in the subway on a school night raising money for his non-working parents. they outta be ashamed of themselves.  times are hard, yes i know; however its for them to do what they must to ensure the kids have everything they need on any  given day as any normal parent would.  this is clearly a serious matter that actually should be looked into further unfortunately. at then end of the day something is not correct.  we hear what he says or perhaps what he’s told to say but what really is he trying to tell us. 

  5. marina says:

     
    there’s a major problem here…the problem is not observing that
    he’s talented, it’s obvious       that he is! it’s not noticing that he’s
    cute for having guts  for going out there and singing, it’s noticing
    that he’s being exploited by his parents.  for the child to say that
    he’s out there singing to support his family should raise red flags. 
    there are other means for talent to be noticed…it’s not for a child to
    be in the subway on a school night raising money for his non-working
    parents. they outta be ashamed of themselves.  times are hard, yes i
    know; however its for them to do what they must to ensure the kids have
    everything they need on any  given day as any normal parent would.  this
    is clearly a serious matter that actually should be looked into further
    unfortunately. at then end of the day something is not correct.  we
    hear what he says or perhaps what he’s told to say but what really is he
    trying to tell us.
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