CHARLIE CHARLIE "CJ" MELTON, a 14-year-old ninth grader, attends Manatee High School. He first appeared on WBTT’s stage in Sheldon Rhoden’s 2014 Young Artist Showcase and later that year in Black Nativity. Charlie was the 2013 winner of the Singers & Musicians Arts Conference (SMAC) in Tampa, sponsored by the recording artist Dorinda Clark Cole. Ministering in song since the age of 3, Charlie has traveled throughout Florida singing with various church and nonsectarian groups. He has also won many first- place awards, including in the 2015 Tampa Bay Gospel Awards and the Greatness Beyond Measure showcase.