Meet Mason Ramsey! In case you've been living under a rock, Mason is the 11-year-old "Yodeling Walmart Kid" who's been blowing up the internet lately. It all started when a video of him was uploaded to YouTube, showing him performing Hank Williams' country song "Lovesick Blues" in the isles of a Walmart in Illinois. Maybe it was his amazing vocals, or his adorable cowboy outfit, but the video has since gone viral, making him an overnight sensation. Besides his uncanny talent – what else is there to know about Mason? To celebrate this young man's success, read on for seven of his most shining moments!
1. He Performed at Coachella
There was nothing unlucky about Friday the 13th for Mason. The 11-year-old performed in the same stage Beyonce would soon be standing on, and the crowd – as we might've expected! – went wild. He crooned next to DJ Whethan, who had previously tweeted out, "stop saying I look like the Walmart yodel kid."
Mason even caught the attention of Justin Bieber, as they were seen hitting it off and taking several selfies together.
2. He Scored a Guest Appearance on Ellen
It was only a matter for time for Mason to get the attention of Ellen. Last week, the 11-year-old flew out to be on The Ellen Show, where he performed "Lovesick Blues" all over again, in the classic cowboy attire that gave him internet stardom. He revealed that his famous Walmart performance wasn't his first at the retail giant, sharing he's sang there around "50,000 times." Hey, 50,001's the charm, right?
3. His Dream of Performing at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry Came True
Mason couldn't have possibly left The Ellen Show without being hit with a surprise of a lifetime, right? As luck would have it, DeGeneres scored him a performance at Nashville's famous Grand Ole Opry theater. So, as part of his nationwide musical tour, he hit the road after Coachella to the gig of his dreams. He told Ellen this venue was his "dream," as we can imagine. The Grand Ole Opry is known as the "show that made country music famous." Not bad for an 11-year-old, huh?
4. He Boosted Streams for Hank Williams' "Lovesick Blues"
It's the song Mason chose to perform in the isles of an Illinois Walmart, and it's being streamed like crazy. According to Nielsen Music, Hank Williams' "Lovesick Blues" has been downloaded one thousand times in the week of March 30 through April 5th, and streamed more than a million times. If that's not impressive enough, as of April 16th, the song "Yodeling Walmart Kid" is number one on Spotify's Global Viral 50 chart, beating Drake's "Nice for What" at number two and Cardi B's "I Like It" at number three.
5. Walmart Threw a Huge Concert for Him & Invested on His College Tuition
He is known as the "Walmart Yodeling Kid," so why wouldn't Walmart take a chance on him? On April 11th, Mason was invited back to Harrisburg, Illinois to perform at a concert put up by Walmart just for him. It all went around full circle to the original venue that made him famous. And if that wasn't enough, the retail corporation also pledged $15,000 to his future college tuition.
6. His cover was Dodgers' Utility Player Kike Hernandez' Walk Up Song
Yep, Mason's cover of "Lovesick Blues" made it into Major League Baseball. On April 10th, Los Angeles Dodgers utility player Kiké Hernandez used a recording of the "Walmart Yodeling Kid" as his walk-up music several times. The Dodgers defeated the Oakland Athletics 4-0 that night, so who knows? Maybe Mason was the good luck charm Hernandez needed!
7. The Original YouTube Video Has 20 Million Views - And Counting
Talk about going viral! The original YouTube video has racked up more than 20 million views, and the numbers continue to grow. The video has been recreated by other YouTubers as well, including a parody by Jake Paul, and countless remix versions. Not to mention the flooding of memes available to anyone on Twitter and Facebook.
From performing at Walmart, to stepping on the same stage as Beyonce at Coachella, and Johny Cash at the Grand Ole Opry – we couldn't be happier for Mason Ramsey's rise to stardom! Mason's story is the perfect reminder that anything's possible.