David Cox definitely leaves an impression
Eva Hilton Primary School student David Cox is described by his teacher, Val Kemp, as an excellent student. She said he’s a strong B student, who is tracking toward an A grade. Outside of his academics, she said, he is also a person who can hold his own and is helpful and generous, and is self-motivated when it comes to giving.
Kemp said David, 10, who also serves as a prefect and the school’s deputy head boy, helps to maintain law and order at school, which she said he’s very good at, especially with the little children.
“He’s a good all-around student,” said Kemp.
But there’s another side to this student that may catch you off guard if you’re not aware – he’s an excellent entertainer.
He’s liable to break out in song at the drop of a hat – and with very little encouragement. David likes to sing, and he loves to perform. With the ability to carry a tune, he uses his gifts to inspire others, and in just his short decade of life, he has quite a body of work under his belt.
David has visited and performed at a number of homes for the elderly, as well as for residents on the island, including singing for a centenarian who lives next door to his school when she turned 100. He also recently led his school’s choir in a performance when Royal Caribbean launched the Symphony of the Seas cruise ship in Nassau Harbour. Of course David, who sang a solo, stood out. His personality would not allow him to fade into the background.
David said that when he sings to the elderly, he prefers to perform calypso music to perk up their spirits with a selection they would probably know. One of his favorite songs to perform is “Do the Junkanoo”.
David has also performed at Government House, Atlantis resort and has been tapped by the Ministry of Tourism to showcase his talents. He’s been singing for the past eight years.
“I’ve been singing since grade two,” he said. “I just love to sing. When I was younger, I used to sing my ABCs.”
And he wasn’t shy in showing me either – breaking into a rendition of his ABCs during the interview.
At that tender age, he said he would sing and his family would always laugh at him, but he continued to sing. He’s continuing in that vein, letting nothing stop him.
“When I’m performing, I mostly inspire others. I lift them up and push them to work harder to reach their goals,” said David. “When I’m on stage I’m scared, but I feel more comfortable.”
He counts Bahamian songs, R&B and gospel as his favorite genres; and although still young, he considers making performing a career.
He was a first-place winner in the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival, performing both as a soloist and a part of the Eva Hilton choir. The festival is an annual national competition for music, dance, art and drama for ages two through adulthood. Medals are presented to exceptional, well-deserving young Bahamians.
As for his deputy head boy role at Eva Hilton Primary School, he said he was ecstatic when he received the title.
“I was happy [when I was named deputy head boy]. I was so surprised … I was so excited, I [ran] up on the stage.” He said it was an honor he didn’t expect.
The singing youngster, the son of David Cox Sr. and Dianna Cox, said math is his favorite subject (he doesn’t have a least favorite), and he likes to encourage his peers.
“I [encourage] them to be brave, because sometimes when they go onstage, they start crying, and when I go onstage, I talk to them. I talk in their ears and encourage them to be comfortable and have more fun,” he said.
It was because of his performances that David was one of three youngsters to take home the Rising Star Award in arts and culture from the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture in October 2018 at the National Youth Recognition Ceremony. Tysha Johnson took home the award for education, and Matthew Thompson for community volunteerism.
Shavaughn was appointed as the Lifestyles Editor a few years later.