Ben Fagerstedt, the Aberdeen High School senior who went viral after he got picked by his musical idol Michael Bublé to sing with him at the Tacoma Dome recently, has now won state awards for his singing ability.
Fagerstedt, 17, took second place in the state as a baritone singer out of 22 finalists from across Washington last Saturday, as part of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association State Solo and Ensemble competition in Ellensburg.
Last year, Fagerstedt received first place in the competition. His dad, Joe, said while Fagerstedt always has high expectations for himself, he’s “always humble about that stuff,” and that Fagerstedt was happy for the student who won. He added that the competition starts out with around 200 people being considered in the baritone category before getting whittled down to 22.
In a stark contrast from singing “Fly Me to the Moon,” the Frank Sinatra classic which he performed with Bublé last month, Fagerstedt had to sing two classical songs with piano backing them during the competition last week — one in German and one in Italian.
Both of Fagerstedt’s songs at the WIAA competition are viewable on Facebook at the Facebook page “Ben Fagerstedt.”
Fagerstedt gained internet fame in early April when he attended a Bublé concert in Tacoma. While sitting in the front row section of the concert, he was singled out by Bublé and got to perform with the famous singer, who is Fagerstedt’s top musical influence next to Frank Sinatra. After Fagerstedt casually takes the microphone, Bublé appears amazed as Ben confidently sang along, with Buble singing harmony at some points.
Since singing with Bublé and being featured on local TV segments, Joe said his son has gotten recognized around the state in their travels, including at a random bar in Ellensburg where his parents were offered free beers if Fagerstedt sang.