HIS parents started taking him for choir practice when he was in Class Four and later realised he had talent after he was given a solo performance part in his school choir when he was in Class Eight.
The Nacobo, Ovalau lad is the eldest child in a family of two and attends Ratu Sukuna Memorial School.
Seru Macanavere Martin and his partner moved and stirred the crowd and judges during the quarter-finals.
The pair sang Endless Love from the Album Why Do Fools Fall in Love sung originally by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie and released in the 1980s.
The 16-year-old said he joined this year's Kaila! Star Search competition hoping to get noticed by local and international music producers.
"I wanted to showcase my god-given talent and use it to the best of my ability."
Martin said after the heats he realised that he needed to improve on his stage presentation.
"I sang a duet in the quarter-finals and it was a big task to perform.
"I think I could improve on my ability to connect with the audience so that's what I'll be hoping to improve in the semi-finals."
He said singers and dancers should make use of their talents.
"My message to other singers and even dancers out there to make use of their god-given abilities and participate in competitions."