• Homer eighth-grader chases dreams of singing, songwriting and Broadway
By Christina Whiting
In 1998, Homer couple Vince and Alana Greear traveled to Saipan, where they spent the next two years working and exploring. Saipan is the largest island and site of the capital of the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Returning to Homer, they brought back more than just memories. They brought home a brown-eyed, curly-haired, 1-year-old boy named Falcom.
In Saipan, Vince worked at a pharmacy and Alana worked at a school. Walking her student Gloria home one afternoon, the two were greeted in Gloria’s front yard by her baby brother Falcom.
“Six-month-old Falcom was sitting in a stroller,” Alana said. “He looked up at me and started laughing. I thought he must have been wondering why my skin is so white.”
The Greears developed a close relationship with Gloria and Falcom’s family. As the time for the Greear’s departure for Alaska neared, Falcom’s parents asked them if they’d consider adopting their now 1-year-old son.
“His mom and dad wanted him to have a life with lots of opportunities and they thought we could provide that,” Alana said.
The families agreed on an open adoption, and have kept in touch and visited each other several times.
“When Falcom was 5 years old, we took him to visit his family in Hawaii where they had moved,” Alana said. “They came to Alaska in 2010.”
Falcom has three sisters: Ramona and Gloria are biological sisters, and Marina is from his adopted family. Gloria now lives with the Greears in Homer.
When he was young, Falcom was known to many in Homer as the little guy around town wearing red, sparkly shoes. Today, his individual fashion sense compliments his outstanding singing and performance art talents.
“Falcom preferred watching the Broadway musical “Cats” to cartoons,” Alana said. “He’d sing at the store and make people cry. Even now, people stop him on the street and ask him to sing.”
Falcom dreams of being a singer/songwriter, writing songs for Broadway and singing on the X-factor show.
“Falcom has always been very driven, determined and relentless in his pursuit of singing,” Alana shared. “One time, when his class was at Islands and Ocean singing recycling songs for Earth Day, all the kids were singing softly, but Falcom was belting the tune out and waving his arms in the air. Dan Coyle was standing next to me and told me that he couldn’t look away.”
“All of the teachers here are my favorite,” said Falcom, who is now an eighth grader at Homer Middle School, “Choir class is my favorite class.”
The Greears are grateful to the community for nurturing and supporting Falcom’s passion and talent for performance. They are especially thankful to the staff at Homer Council on the Arts.
“Everyone at HCOA has been awesome,” Falcom said. “They have given me so many opportunities to perform.”
In fact, when Falcom was just 10 years old, he had a solo show at HCOA entitled “Ten Songs from a 10-year-old.” Other community support has come from individuals, including his singing coach Cherish Bee McCallum, as well as Jermai Youngblood, Maygen Jannetta, Bryan Burns and Maria Soto.
“Cherish helped Falcom in so many ways,” Alana said. “She was his singing coach from the time he was five until this year, when she moved.”
Youngblood inspired Falcom when he performed an opera at Bunnell Street Gallery.
“Jerami has always given Falcom honest feedback,” Alana said. “He’s been an excellent springboard.”
Megan Jannetta and Bryan Burns have accompanied Falcom as he sings.
“Maygen and Bryan sat around many fires picking at the banjo and guitar while Falcom sang along,” Alana said. “Maygen has accompanied him in performance and even busked with him out on the Spit.”
Soto allowed Falcom to join her on KBBI during her radio show.
“Everywhere we go here, people support us and care about us,” Alana said. “It’s one of the reasons we’ve chosen to stay in Homer.”
At 14, the list of Falcom’s performance accomplishments is long. He’s sung in Jubilee five times, the National Anthem for Homer Hockey teams, with Sunrise Kilcher during her annual “On the Wing Concert” and in HCOA’s gallery performances and performances of Little Orphan Andy and Honk.
Greear sang at this year’s Governor’s Picnic, as well as during the 2011 TED talks. Last year, he was paid to perform at the Ninilchik Fair, and this year, he’ll perform for the first time in the local production of Nutcracker.
“I’m one of the main cats, a court child and Steam Punk,” Falcom said.
In addition to singing, Falcom loves fashion and is inspired by fashion shows, magazines and Lady Gaga. Last year, his peers voted him “Best Dressed.”
“I like to dress nice,” Falcom said. “My favorite place to shop in Homer is ‘The Fringe.’”
Always challenging himself, Falcom is trying his hand at tactile arts. His buxom and leggy clay dolls will be on display in HCOA Emerging Artists exhibit through the month of November.
“The community of Homer allows parents to raise exceptional people who are free to explore their own path,” Alana said.
For Falcom Greear, this path is singing, performing and fashion. From Saipan to Alaska, he’s been enchanting people all along the way.
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