We here at home are well aware of how gifted Grammy nominated music educator/saxophonist, Mickey Smith Jr. is, but soon the whole world will know. The Sulphur, La. native put his city, students, school and talent on the map this week when he made his national debut on The Today Show!

The beloved Maplewood Middle music teacher has teamed-up with members from Visit Lake CharlesL'Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles and a variety of local businesses, dedicated to this initiative. #VisitLakeCharlesLouisiana Travel to learn more.  Below listen to Smith explain his first visit to the NYC and hear how debut performance, once the camera's started rolling!

Mickey Smith Jr. makes his debut, on The Today Show- Facebook

His talent knows no boundaries and the only direction for this brotha...is up!  Enjoy his live performances below and stay tuned for more exciting music news from SWLA's own, Mickey Smith Jr.

Congrats my friend!  So proud of you and looking forward to watching blow-up, by sharing your inspirational music with the world.  You go boy!