Central High School student Bobby Hill has been selected as one of Ebony magazine's 2015 Power 100 honorees. The list spotlights "the heroes of the black community."
The 14-year-old breakout star, who is a soloist with the Keystone State Boychoir, rose to prominence during Pope Francis' Philadelphia visit when he sang an a cappella version of "Pie Jesu." Hill's once-in-a-lifetime papal performance was a last-minute affair, said Steve Fisher, founder and artistic director of the choir. Fisher was approached by a producer of the papal concert who asked if the choir could sing during a short set change. Instead, Fisher sent Hill out to sing alone.
Following his captivating vocal performance, Hill did something even more impressive. He walked up to the pope, unscripted and unannounced, and presented him with a rock from the choir's 2009 trip to Antarctica.
Hill's singing immediately captivated the nation, with Simon Cowell following the young singer after watching his performance. Hill and the choir auditioned for Cowell's America's Got Talent recently, and they are currently waiting to hear back from the show.
For his role on Ebony's Power 100 list, Hill will be flown out to Los Angeles to sing at the magazine's 70th Anniversary Gala on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Other Ebony honorees include John Legend, Prince, Janelle Monae, and Jaden and Willow Smith.