Canadian Idol Kalan Porter Biography

Age: 18
Occupation: Student, Medicine Hat College
Hometown: Medicine Hat, AB
Audition City: Edmonton, AB
Place of Birth: Medicine Hat, AB
Nickname: “Jake”
Sounds Like: Bryan Adams
Identifies With: Billy Klippert
Musical Style: Rock / Christian Rock
Fashion Style: “Whatever I feel comfortable in”

“I could not be the singer I am today without my mom dragging me to music lessons and making me practice. She always said I would thank her one day and she was right!”

According to his mother, Kalan Porter was able to hum parts of Brahm’s Lullaby at 18 months. He hasn’t stopped singing since. Kalan took classical voice lessons from 10 to 14 and at 16 began singing in his family rock band, where he also plays guitar, bass and piano. Kalan is also an accomplished violin and viola player, which he has studied since he was eight. He continues to perform solo, with a quartet and in an orchestra as well as teach six violin students.

Kalan grew up working on his family’s fifth generation buffalo/cattle ranch, where he fed, weaned, corralled and branded livestock. He recently completed his first year in the Commerce program at Medicine Hat College.

Kalan loves steak and sushi, the Medicine Hat Tigers and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He likes to snowboard, wakeboard, play volleyball, run and “could not live” without his car. Kalan is “game for just about any activity,” and has skydived, white water rafted and scuba dived.

Kalan’s Canadian idol? “People like Rick Hansen who have overcome adversity to achieve something that makes a difference in the lives of Canadians,” he says.

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