On his 18th birthday, Mathias traveled to NCYC (National
Catholic Youth Conference). With 20,000 other Catholic
teens, he sang the songs and heard the best Catholic speakers in the nation. On the
final day, he competed in NCYC’S top Talent along with nine other gifted finalists.
Some contestants used tracks they had prepared, while others performed popular
hit songs. With just his guitar, Mathias shared a song he had specially written for
the contest. The testimony of his own personal faith journey in the song moved the
audience and judges, and his voice sounded not so much like a high school teen, but
a seasoned professional expressing his love of God in song. The crowd erupted in
approval when Mathias was announced the winner, who would get to record his own
album during the coming year.