The yodeling kid from Walmart, Mason Ramsey, has finally graduated from an internet viral sensation into a recording artist.
The 11-year-old singer from Illinois is reportedly set to release his first ever solo album on July 20. Titled Famous, the EP will include new songs and country classics.
Of course, his version of Hank Williams's "Lovesick Blues," the song that launched his musical career, made it to the upcoming album.
Mason Ramsey's Meteoric Rise To Fame
To recall, Ramsey rose to fame when a video of the young performer in Walmart went viral on the internet. The original video of the preteen boy singing in his local Walmart has so far been viewed over 53 million times on YouTube. It has also spawned equally popular EDM and trap remixes.
Since then, Ramsey has appeared on television shows, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He even made a surprise appearance at the 2018 Coachella Valley and Music Festival.
However, perhaps the highlight of his career is his performance at the Grand Ole Pry where one of his heroes, Williams, famously performed. In May, he was able to achieve his life-long dream and debuted at the popular venue where other country stars also perform.
Mason Ramsey Signs Recording Deal, Releases First Single
The viral sensation signed a record deal with Big Loud Records and Atlantic Records earlier this year. Aside from "Lovesick Blues," his six-track EP will include Williams' classics "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)" and "I Saw The Light."
He released his first single, the album's titular track "Famous," in April. It was co-written by Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and is now available to be streamed via major platforms, including Spotify where it has been streamed over 25 million times. A lyric video is available on YouTube and has been viewed over 19 million times.
Despite his popularity, however, the emerging country music star keeps his feet firmly on the ground.
"Fame is a good thing, but you have to use it in good ways," Ramsey told The Hollywood Reporter. "Fame is a thing where people can overdo it and get a big head. Most of all family is more important than anything."
He is also set to open for the country music duo Florida Georgia Line during their Las Vegas residency at the Zappos Theatre in December.
I'm proud to announce that my debut EP comes out July 20th! Who's ready? pic.twitter.com/2lKotaAOK2 — Mason Ramsey (@masonramsey) July 9, 2018