10/28/2013 04:47 pm ET Updated Oct 28, 2013

Boy's Cleft Palate Surgery Allows Him To Sing After Doctors Said It Was Impossible

A Louisiana teen has completely defied his doctors’ prognosis and hopes his story will inspire other kids with disabilities to chase their dreams, too.

Born with a cleft palate, Cameron Richard was told at a young age that he would require extensive operations and speech therapy and that singing just wasn’t an option, WGNO reported.

While Cameron has undergone “many” surgeries, the 13-year-old refused to give up on his love for the stage.

Two years ago, the now singing sensation, entered his first competition and took home a prize for his rendition of the Beatles’ “Oh Darling,” according to

The guitar-strumming star didn’t stop there.

He still competes, has been garnering fans on his YouTube channel and has even opened for some bigger-named acts.

“It gives you the courage if you do have a disability, you can overcome it,” Cameron told WGNO. “It’s really a miracle. I’m so blessed.”