We all miss those times as kids when our dreams may have been a little bigger. We wanted to be a professional athlete, a movie star, an astronaut, the President of the United States, a superhero, or even a dog. Once again, these are big dreams, but maybe they were not so realistic. At this period in your life, you are most likely not living out those sorts of dreams. As you get older, it becomes much harder to make time for what inspired you when you were younger.  

Luckily, I have a story that will inspire all of you to keep those dreams alive. It is a story about a born and bred rock star. The best part is that this star has not fully formed yet, and his story has only just begun. He came to fame in a flash, and his future is bright – hence the stardom. Most importantly, I do not think this star is going to burn out. This star is here to stay, and we all need to let him shine. 

If you could not take the hint, I am talking about the one and only Mason Ramsey. Lil’ Hank Williams. The Next Johnny Cash. The Second Coming of Elvis Presley. Buddy Holly’s Best Buddy. Bob Dylan’s Little Brother. The Young Neil Young, or The Song Bird of Our Generation. Although some of these names may not be accurate, they encompass how much of a star this young boy truly is. Remember his name.  

What is unfortunate is that most of you might be saying 1 of 2 things: “Who even is Mason Ramsey?” or “You mean the kid that yodeled in Walmart and became a meme?” Firstly, you wish you were a meme. Secondly, call him a meme for now, but people are going to forget all about that when they see his true potential as an artist. Even if they don’t, my question to you is: what is more American than becoming famous on the internet from yodeling in a Walmart? At least it sounded good when he did this—good enough for him to go viral in the matter of days.  

Mason Ramsey might be as tall as his guitar. He is 12 years old and was born in Golconda, Illinois – a tight-knit town with a population of around 640 people. Growing up, he would hear his grandfather play Hank Williams in the garage. Mason’s family said he began learning to play guitar at the age of 3, eventually performing in various concerts from the ages of 4-9. It is important to note his progression because it sheds light on how he became an immediate internet sensation in March of 2018; gaining 11 million views in just a week. A few weeks later, Mason was performing at Coachella, one of America’s biggest and most popular music festivals. By the end of April, he was already signing a record deal. The rest is history, and we are all lucky to be a part of the generation witnessing it. 

Although he is young, this kid has quite the set of pipes, fast fingers, hot hands, an engaging performance style, a button-like birthmark on his forehead, an Old Western sense of fashion, and an enthusiastic attitude. Most importantly, he comes from very humble beginnings. He was raised by his grandparents in a small town. He had very little freedom and they could not even afford an internet connection in their house –this is ironic because his grandparents now manage his social media accounts. Unlike other rock stars, Mason probably still has a bedtime. 

The reason I think he will continue to be famous can be summed up into one word: versatility. I listen to his music and end up questioning myself, “I don’t even like Country, so why do I like Mason Ramsey?” It has taken me a while, but I have come to accept this, because anyone who truly appreciates music should have some variety in their taste. Personally, I believe Mason Ramsey could cover any famous rock or pop song on acoustic guitar and still rock your socks off. 

If you still have doubt, then you are probably thinking, “child stars don’t last.” That may be historically accurate, but Mason Ramsey is an example of an exception to that rule. He is not your stereotypical Lil Bow Wow, who was only relevant and popular when he was “Lil.” The reason he will last is because Mason does not want the sort of fame the others wanted. Mason wants to be “famous for loving you.” A message from his heart, but a message that is meant to touch the hearts of all who listen.  

I am a true #1 fan right now and I will be #1 until the very end. I hope his success story inspires you like it has inspired me. If you have ever had a dream when you were younger, there is a part of you that still wants to make it happen. After all, it is never too late, until one day, it will be. Mason Ramsey proves that no matter the age, if the dream is real enough, it can always come into fruition through passion and love. Rock on Mason Ramsey, rock on for the rest of us who never did and maybe never will!