LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Twelve-year old Quinton Ellis is on the verge of making it big. This weekend the 7th grader from Little Rock will sing the national anthem in front of thousands of people at The US Open Tennis Tournament.
"I'm headed to New York, New York," he says proudly.
Quinton's gift of singing has earned him the opportunity to sing The National Anthem on a public stage.
"I'm going to be singing at the US Open Arthur Ashe Kid's Day," he explains.
Months ago, Quinton attended a casting call for young talent.
"When I came in they asked me if I could sing and I said, yes. So, they told me to sing the Star Spangled Banner," Ellis recalled. "When I sung it, they said it was amazing."
He submitted an audition tape and completed another live audition, then he was chosen to sing for the big event.
"There were 14-hundred kids going for this opportunity," he said. "So it's a once in a lifetime opportunity."
Thursday, Ellis will travel to New York for the weekend.
On Friday, he'll rehearse at Arthur Ashe Stadium and Saturday is the big performance.
"I want to gain exposure to different states, not just Arkansas," Ellis said. "And I want hopefully to get my big break from this right here."
The 12-year-old says he's not intimated by the number of spectators expected to attend.
"I never get nervous, I'm never nervous."
Quinton will also have the opportunity to meet First Lady Michelle Obama, who is speaking at the US Open's Arthur Ashe Kid's Day.
The US Open's Arthur Ashe Kid's Day airs on THV 11 beginning at 11:00 Sunday morning.