This adorable and talented boy is now getting national recognition!

Marel Hidalgo's parents discovered he had amazing musical talent when he was just 4 years old. Now, at the ripe old age of 9, Harry Connick Jr. will showcase him on electric guitar for all the world to see!

(Marel in front of his dressing room at teh Harry show, Photo courtesy of Mahonrry Hidalgo)

We had Marel on our show this past summer to talk about how he was invited to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland to play on their big stage. Of course, if you listen to our morning show, then you may already know that my son, Ben, is the drummer in Marel's band, so we have experienced some of the wild ride that Marel is on.

(My son Ben with Marel and McKaela Jones at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame gig.)

Not only is Marel a rare talent for such a young age, but he is sweet, smart, humble, and a wonderful and playful little boy. His parents are so good with him -- Marel is well-traveled, well-educated, and well-loved.

And now he is making all of Monmouth County proud!

To find out more about Marel, CLICK HERE.

And you can check him out today, Sept. 20th, on the TV show "Harry!" (Harry Connick Jr.'s talk show) this afternoon at 2 pm on FOX. CLICK HERE for details. And CLICK HERE to see the promo that Harry has been running!

You can see Marel Hidalgo and Friends (including Ben on drums and McKaela Jones, a talented teen also from Monmouth County, on Bass) this Friday night when they play at the Colt's Neck Rock Festival! CLICK HERE for details.