In a snapback hat, glasses and sneakers, 12-year-old soul singer Cam Anthony brought down Ellen's house with an R&B rendition of Jason Mraz's song "I Won't Give Up."
The young talent made his television debut on the show Monday, where he demonstrated why his rise to fame may be escalating. Already being courted by record labels, the boy from Philly with the soothing vibrato and bluesy melodies was confident and graceful as he sang and told Ellen about his career hopes.
"It's exciting, I never thought I would get this far," Cam told us backstage after his performance. "Now I'm here at the "Ellen Show" and it's the best thing I've ever done."
Cam's first time performing was at a concert in Washington, which he describes as "fun" and something he hopes will happen again soon. He lists Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Sam Cooke, John Legend and Bruno Mars among his favorite artists.
Of his experience chatting with Ellen, he comments, "It was inspiring, but at the same time, it was like awesome… she was very truthful." Generous, too! Ellen surprised the boy wonder with a brand new seven-piece guitar set from Guitar Center, something he'd wanted for a long time.
"I didn't expect that, but I love the drums," he remarks. "I was always asking for a drum set, and here's one. I'm probably going to go in my basement, gonna get a little rug, set it up down there, and I'mma play. Just play forever."
Rock on, Cam!