Mariachi singer Sebastien de la Cruz brought down the house at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wednesday.
The 14-year-old San Antonian opened the DNC with a rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” so beautiful, it gave people on social media a serious case of the feels.
Wednesday wasn’t de la Cruz’s first time in the national limelight. The Texas-born mariachi singer got his start on “America’s Got Talent” when he was only 10 years old. He also sang the national anthem at the 2013 NBA Finals in his hometown of San Antonio, after which he became the target of hateful Twitter comments.
De la cruz handled the hate with class and grace. “For those that said something bad about me, I understand it’s your opinion,” he told CNN at the time. “I’m a proud American and live in a free country. It’s not hurting me. It’s just your opinion.”
Nowadays, the young Texan is preparing to enter high school, but not before making his movie acting debut at the San Antonio Film Festival Saturday. My San Antonio reports de la Cruz plays a troubled teen who befriends a hit man played by “Desperate Housewives” star Ricardo Chavira in the short film “Birth of a Killer.”