Mason Ramsey Breaks Down His Massive Year, Jokes He Can't Sing in Public Anymore: 'I Could Get Kidnapped'

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The 'Famous' singer shares his 7 favourite moments since going viral

In simply six months, Mason Ramsey went from a small-town 11-year-old boy toe-tapping in a Walmart aisle to a Big Loud/Atlantic Records nation artist. Along the best way, the Golconda, Ill., native has leveraged viral success right into a respectable platform, acting at Stagecoach, Coachella and even the Grand Ole Opry -- all whereas racking up greater than 35 million streams on Spotify. (The unique video of his Walmart efficiency has been considered greater than 77 million instances on YouTube and Twitter mixed.) Still, the pre-teen swears his almost-overnight fame hasn't gone to his head.

"You've gotta have time to be a child, you've gotta have a while to mess around and be goofy ... The solely factor that is all about is to have enjoyable, and I at all times have enjoyable," Ramsey says with a smile. "I'm an individual that believes in miracles, religion and knowledge. I imagine that sometime I might be an enormous celebrity."

Though he could not take into account himself a celebrity but, Ramsey -- whose debut single "Famous" landed at No. four on the Hot Country Songs chart in May -- is effectively conscious that he's too recognizable to return to his native Walmart the place all of it started. “I've been [back] there as soon as. I simply shopped,” Ramsey says. “I'm not allowed to sing anywhere public anymore, as a result of if I try this, you understand how individuals are -- since I'm like I'm proper now, if I sing, I might get kidnapped. Something unhealthy might occur, you by no means know."

So far, his age hasn't held him again: He's the youngest singer on this yr's version of Billboard's 21 Under 21 listing. Next up, Ramsey heads out on his first-ever tour supporting Chris Lane, which kicks off Oct. 18 in Milwaukee. Ahead of his subsequent journey, Ramsey appeared again on his fast rise and shared his favourite recollections since changing into "Famous."

1. Playing the Grand Ole Opry​

The Grand Ole Opry was my favourite. That's after I bought to find the stuff contained in the Grand Ole Opry, like Hank Williams’ garments, the dressing room Taylor Swift stayed in and another issues. Then I bought to carry out. Ricky Skaggs launched me, and I began to get the thought of what [performing] felt prefer to different individuals. That's after I bought my first standing ovation. You ought to've seen the look on my face! Grandpa stated that if there's one factor he needs me to do, it's to maintain going to the Grand Ole Opry. Now that I can go, I feel I'm making him proud.

2. Appearing on Ellen

She needed me on her present, however with a view to try this, we couldn't inform anybody. Then previous grandma goes telling 5 individuals! At least it was [just people] in our hometown. I used to be leaping up and down on the sofa after we bought that decision going, "Yeehaw! We're going to California!" The undeniable fact that I sat there in that chair subsequent to her -- that was like one of the best factor I might ever do. I’d simply met somebody well-known.

three. Singing at Coachella

I used to be singing on the stage, occurring with Whethan. 30,000 individuals have been there, and I used to be singing and singing. Another 20,000 got here in, after which it was 50,000 all collectively. They got here to see me [and chanted] "Yodel, yodel," and I stated, “That's what I need to do [for the rest of my life].”

four. Meeting Florida Georgia Line at Stagecoach

The Stagecoach efficiency was a miracle. That was after I met BK and Tyler [for the first time]. I've frolicked with FGL an entire lot. They’re cool, they've bought a number of expertise.

5. Recording “Famous”

I had a number of actually nice instances recording “Famous,” as a result of within the studio there's at all times a number of enjoyable issues to do. The most cool half about it's it has video video games – [including] my favourite, NBA 2K18.

6. Hanging With the Stars

Shawn Mendes was cool. I stated, "We ought to sing collectively," and we sang [“There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”]. It was nice. I need his voice. I'm gonna commerce mine for his, that manner he can yodel. And I wish to shout out Blake Shelton -- he's my dream to fulfill. You hear me, Blake? I wish to meet you!

7. Giving Back

I need to donate. I need to present those that I nonetheless love them regardless that I'm [now] the Walmart yodeling boy. I really feel like I ought to assist others -- assist their communities, assist their residents. It takes one individual to [start to] change every part.