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New & Next: Meet Rising Star Josh Xantus

The singer and songwriter performs one his latest songs, "Shooting Star."

ESSENCE.com’s “New and Next” column spotlights the brightest new talents we think you should know. This week we meet singer/ songwriter/ musician Josh Xantus.

Josh Xantus has what it takes to rise to the top of the charts. He got his musical start very early on. Xantus tells ESSENCE.com he began playing the piano at age six and composed his first song at 13. It wasn’t long until Stevie Wonder took notice and endorsed him. The legend encouraged Xantus to make music that changes lives.

Check out Xtanus performing “Shooting Star” above