4/20/12 High school student’s big voice reaches worldwide audience

High school student’s big voice reaches worldwide audience
By Mike Wilder The Times-News 4/20/12     
Reprinted with permission.

Eastern Alamance High School freshman Jake Foushee does a voiceover before posting it online.

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Eastern Alamance High School freshman Jake Foushee does a voiceover before posting it online.  

   An Eastern Alamance High School freshman’s voice is getting worldwide attention.

   So far, 14-year-old Jake Foushee has appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and, across the Atlantic Ocean, attracted the notice of BBC Radio.

   Foushee is being compared to the late Don LaFontaine, the voice actor famous for his film trailers and TV commercials. On www.YouTube.com, Foushee’s “My Movie Trailer Guy Impression” video clip had more than 560,000 hits as of Thursday afternoon.

   Foushee — using a voice already impressively deep — says “I am 14 years old. I am trying to become a voice actor,” before launching into a promo for the movie “Apocalypse” in an even deeper, suspense-filled, slightly raspy voice. The Daily Mail, a British newspaper, described Foushee’s voice as “gravelly” and told readers he “growls” the lines.

   To see the video, read this story online at www.TheTimesNews.com or search for samples of Foushee’s clips on YouTube.

   Foushee and his family returned home from New York City on Thursday afternoon after his “Good Morning America” appearance earlier in the day.

   He told the show’s hosts he hasn’t had long to learn how to use his vocal skills.

   “When I was 13, my voice dropped, and all my friends were asking me to say stuff,” he said. An example: Saying “Hey, baby” to girls in school hallways.

   While on the air, Foushee got approval for how well he reproduced LaFontaine’s voice as featured in a TV commercial for GEICO.

   The show’s stars laughed when, during a snippet recorded earlier, Foushee mangled the last name of co-host George Stephanopoulos.

   Classmates at Eastern Alamance High School gathered to watch Foushee’s “Good Morning America” appearance Thursday morning. Word around the school was that Foushee may next appear on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”