NEW YORK – He was born in 2009, but he sings your favorite songs from three decades earlier.
Three days a week — in between 3rd grade, sports, and homework — 8-year-old Joel Euceda, with his dedicated father in tow, travels from their Freeport, Long Island home to street corners and subway stations all over the city. They have a permit from the city and Euceda performs for a couple of hours each day.
“I love the '80s and I love looking back at the '80s,” Joel told WPIX.
Joel performs classics from the 1980’s. Joel’s greatest hits: Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin',” Billy Idol’s “White Wedding,” and Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger.”
His love for the '80s began several years ago. Dad Mauricio Martinez says when his son was being bullied, he put him in martial arts class. The anthem during training was “Eye of the Tiger.”
“He was being bullied in the school with other children so we decided to put him in Taekwondo. When they were training, they put the song on,” Martinez said. “He liked the band Survivor, so that’s how we started listening to '80s.”
Joel has a YouTube channel and is a budding Instagram star, his Instagram name is “joelloves80s”
"Whatever he wants to do, I want to give him support. He told me he wants to be a cop, he wants to be a firefighter or a professional singer,” Martinez said.
Joel performed before crowds and got a warm reception and loud applause Tuesday night.
“My dream is to be famous and my dream is to sing in a band," said Joel. "I like when people see me and they have fun, they sing with me and they dance. ... I feel good when I sing.”