Van Wert freshman Spencer Pauquette will perform at Ohio Has Talent on Feb. 24. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Van Wert freshman Spencer Pauquette will perform at Ohio Has Talent on Feb. 24. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – Van Wert freshman Spencer Pauquette hopes to gain experience and exposure from his upcoming Ohio Has Talent performance on Feb. 24 at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.

Pauquette, who performs in front of large crowds at his church, Calvary Evangelical, said that this will be his first big solo performance.

“I think it’s a good way for people to notice me and maybe help start my career a little earlier,” said Pauquette. “I’m excited to be on stage and have my own performance.”

Pauquette will be playing an original acoustic version of “Amazing Grace.” He said he plans to put his own unique spin on the beloved song.

“One of my heroes did his own version of ‘Amazing Grace’ and I listened to it, and I really like how he took this original hymn, that was gospel and that people knew by heart, and he made it into an instrumental and showed his own perspective on the world through this song that everyone knows,” Pauquette said. “I wanted to do that.”

Pauquette learned to play that unique version and then began developing his own unique version of “Amazing Grace” to perform at Ohio Has Talent.

For Pauquette, music is more than a hobby, but rather something he sees himself building a career around.

At the age of 6, Pauquette started learning the guitar with the help of his dad and his grandpa who taught him some cords. As he progressed, he taught himself with the help of YouTube and Google. With over nine years of experience, Pauquette feels ready to showcase his skills at a higher level.

“I’m at a point in my skill level where I want to make a career for myself,” said Pauquette. “I feel like this is the next step to become noticed by people that would like me to perform places.”

“I’ve always moved from one thing to the next in my interests and things I want to do, but music has, for some reason, always been something I wanted to do,” he continued.

Pauquette wouldn’t mind having a band one day, but for now enjoys being a solo artist.

“I really want to be my own musician,” said Pauquette. “I don’t want to copy other people. I don’t want to be a specific genre, but I also don’t want to be something that people don’t recognize. I want to be a voice that people can relate to, but I don’t want to blend in with the crowd.”

Pauquette and 17 other Ohio Has Talent acts will take the NPAC stage on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. Proceeds raised from Ohio Has Talent helps Community Health Professionals fund their Patient Care Fund.