At his school's talent show last week, Arkansas 11-year-old My'Kel Lewis quietly took the stage.

"Just singin' an impossible to sing song, NBD." (Via YouTube)

And then he took the audience's breath away with his sweet and perfect cover of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You."

Okay, we know it's originally a Dolly Parton song, but Lewis sang Houston's smooth, stylish R&B version from The Bodyguard that topped the charts for what felt like several years in the early '90s. He got a standing ovation…before he was even done.

When he hits those high notes that only Whitney Houston could reach, the crowd positively erupts. (Still, I feel kind of bad for this kid, because even at this young age he's clearly experienced a great love, and then lost that love, such is his ability to sell the song's emotional pain.)


One of the teachers at University Heights taped the performance and sent it to Ellen DeGeneres, so expect to see Lewis crush it for Ellen in person in the next couple of weeks.

Sources: YouTube | Huffington Post