Mason Ramsey had no idea when he sang “Lovesick Blues” at a Walmart in Harrisburg, Illinois as an 11-year-old in early 2018, that his entire life was about to change, but that’s exactly what happened. The clip of his stellar performance went viral, earning him an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, a performance at the Grand Ole Opry, a record deal and more.
Now, just a few weeks shy of his 17th birthday, much has changed for Ramsey. While profoundly grateful for the experiences and opportunities that were offered to him as a result of that one viral clip, Ramsey is now a different person and artist than he was back then, changes that are evident on his new five-track Falls Into Place EP, out now.
“My voice just got done changing, and I really liked the sound of it,” Ramsey tells Everything Nash, explaining his decision to release new music. “So we went to the studio, started recording a bunch of songs that I had written over time, or for instance, ‘She Got It Outta Me,’ one that I didn’t write that we had saved from 2019 that we wanted to release.”
“She Got It Outta Me” is the only song on Falls Into Place that Ramsey didn’t write, teaming up with hit tunesmiths like Ben Stennis, Liz Rose, Griffen Palmer and more to help pen the other four songs on the record. While Ramsey never stopped being interested in music, or wanting to pursue it as a career, the teenager waited until the timing was right before he was ready to unveil new songs.
“It really was just kind of a whirlwind,” Ramsey reflects. “And then things kind of died down towards the end of the year and then started kicking back up whenever I did my spring tour. And then I got to be on ‘Old Town Road’ in 2019, and then I had the fall tour and then COVID happened. My voice changed. I wrote a few songs after COVID, and then I recently just released my EP.”
When Ramsey became a household name, he had no idea how much virtually everything would change for him, creating building blocks that he still utilizes today as he continues to hone his craft as a singer, songwriter and artist.
“Going from a small town to a big city, or just to a TV show kind of was amazing for someone that had never done that before, or experienced it,” Ramey recalls. “And I thought it was really cool. Yes, it did feel like quite a bit at the time. ’cause I was running from show to show. It was nonstop, but it was awesome.”
Now, with Falls Into Place out for the world to hear, the rising star is ready to continue to build on his career that unexpectedly began more than five years ago.
“I want people to get from this EP that, I didn’t just write these songs to write them,” Ramsey says. “I wrote these songs because either I was feeling something that day that I really wanted to write abou,t or thought of something that could be cool to write about. Like, for instance, ‘Reasons to Come Home,’ which is about my grandma and grandpa. It talks about how I was on the road a lot, and how I didn’t really get to spend a lot of time with them. I put all those words in the song and I wrote the song, ‘Reasons to Come Home.'”
Ramsey hints that he is planning a new tour, which will likely be named after his new EP. Find Falls Into Place and all of Ramsey’s music and upcoming shows at MasonRamsey.com.