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When John Main was born, doctors warned his parents that he might not live to see kindergarten. But now the 18-year-old is heading to university, all thanks to his love of music.

Native Haligonian Main was born with polymicrogyria, “a condition where the brain doesn’t develop fully on one side, or on both sides,” according to his father, Coady Marsh. The teen only has the use of one finger on his left hand, but he has a passion for playing the blues on the piano. Main’s so good, his music teacher says he’s channelling some of the musical greats.

“(He is) sort of a white, middle-class kid channeling B.B. King or Ray Charles,” Robyn Traill said to CTV News.

And a Nova Scotia university seems to agree. Thanks to a $24,100 scholarship awarded to him by Acadia University, Main will be studying music therapy this fall.

Hopefully we’ll be hearing Main sing and play some more tunes in the years to come.