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Graham Stookey was just another high school student when his friend posted a video of him showcasing his guitar skills on YouTube. Within days, the video went viral and was viewed by more than 100,000 people. Today, 18-year-old Graham is being courted by some of the industry's major record labels.
After singing "Jonah," a song he wrote himself, Oprah tells him that one of his favorite musicians, Lenny Kravitz, saw his video—and said it was "really good."
In fact, Lenny was so impressed, he wanted to tell him in person and surprise him on The Oprah Show stage! "I thought you were really original," Lenny says. "That's really important. A really original sound and really original way of playing. And you have feeling, man, that's the most important thing."
Watch Graham and Lenny's impromptu jam session
Lenny started out in the music industry when he was in his early 20s—just a few years older than Graham—and he has some words of wisdom for this up-and-coming artist: "The best advice I would say is be yourself, which you're already doing. Be yourself. There's only one you. God made you and that's the right thing. Then, the other thing I would say is that through your success, try your best to retain your happiness, man."
Graham's surprises aren't over yet...Lenny presents Graham with a signed electric guitar.
"You've got to be kidding!" Graham says, in awe.