March 15, 2013 at 12:41 PM ET
TODAY is no stranger to stars, whether they be big-screen celebrities or talented chefs and artists. But who will be the stars of tomorrow?
To find out, TODAY asked viewers to submit videos of their talented children — and boy were we blown away by these child wonders showcasing their gifts. From a teenage art prodigy to a cupcake entrepreneur, meet four extraordinary kids whose talents won’t be able to go unnoticed.
Josh Chase started painting only nine months ago, but he’s already considered a prodigy. The Mass. native got the chance to meet his artistic inspiration, 91-year-old oil painting vet Ray Ellis, who remarked on the child's skills. “I think it’s remarkable what he’s done with oil painting by 10 years old.”
At just 14 years old, Maria Sarah is a triple threat as a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist. An impromptu booster seat rendition of Shania Twain's “Man I Feel Like a Woman” at the tender age of two tipped her parents off to her talents early.
Since then, she’s performed on countless stages and partnered up with a Grammy-nominated producer to release a self-titled pop album with her own original songs — all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
Lyla Padden, 13, was inspired by her grandmother to create her online cupcake business, FlourGal.com. Her sweet start-up now sells 30 dozen cupcakes a month.
“She’s a very driven child,” her mother told Al. “We’re very proud of her.”
Sixteen-year-old Courtney Allegra joined designer Rachel Roy on the show to talk about her 50-piece collection that she describes as “classy, but at the same time fun.” Allegra started designing at the age of 12, impressing even Roy with her dedication.