A local singing sensation will soon be performing for crowds at the U.S. open.
Calen Santos is just 12-years-old, but you'd never know it by his voice.
He's been wowing crowds since he was three, and now he'll do it again at his second U.S. Open performance.
Last year Calen had to try out for the U.S. Open. This year he was invited.
Santos says, “They called me back to sing in Birmingham of March of this year and then I sang at the Davis Cup, and they said that was my audition.”
Calen is just one of 15 vocalists ages 12 and under who will perform patriotic songs at one of the world's most watched tennis events. Calen says he's a little nervous when he first walks out on stage, but when he starts singing the fear melts away.
Calen says, “I'm not nervous anymore, I just sing, I don't even pay any attention to the crowd or anything, and I just sing from the heart.”
Calen will be singing “America the Beautiful” at the U.S. open. He has a display case full of awards as a testament to his talent. His vocal instructor says she's accompanied him to New York and that he has a god given talent.
Bass says, “Watch in amazement at a such a young person being able to stand in front of so many people and be able to carry it out as if he were an old timer doing it so I’m very proud of him.”
Calen enjoys acting and has performed in plays, “The Wizard of Oz” and “Beauty and the Beast,” to name a few. But his love is singing and he his next big stop will be auditions for America’s Got Talent.
Santos says, “I hope I’m going to go into music and maybe win a couple Grammy’s or something. I love music music's always been a part of me.”
In his spare time Calen sings for the seniors at southern care hospice.
Calen will be singing the star spangled banner for Mike Schmitz's mayoral inauguration and he will be performing at the Little Miss Peanut Pageant.
Calen will be performing Saturday, September 12th, during the day session of the U.S. Open.