"Old Town Road" prompts non-verbal autistic boy to sing

Lawrence Kim
June 11, 2019

"He started singing the words", she said. While sharing the video she captured on Twitter, the woman explained how her son hasn't said a full sentence since birth, and thanks to Lil Nas X's chart-topping song, that all changed. It's a miracle, she says, because he has autism and doesn't talk.

Old Town Road climbed the Billboard charts in April and gained national attention when Billboard removed it from the Hot Country Songs chart, declaring it not country enough.

Brundidge took out her phone and got it on video. "We caught him humming the @LilNasX and @billyraycyrus tune the other day", she wrote on Twitter. "I thought, oh my gosh, it's music, that's how we reach him", Brundidge told CBS Minnesota station WCCO, where she is a radio personality and co-host of the Two Haute Mommas podcast. Daniel's therapists are now focusing on using music in his sessions.

Shawn and Sheletta Brundidge are parents to Andrew, 12, Brandon, 6, Daniel, 4, Cameron, 5, pictured left to right.

"We're gonna try some other songs because apparently "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and "Row Row Row Your Boat" is not gonna work for my child", Shelette jokes. We were beating our head against the wall... Brundidge has four children, three of whom who have been diagnosed with autism.

Daniel, Brundidge's youngest child, was born in Houston prior to the family's move to Minnesota.

Upon hearing her son sing for the first time, Brundidge said she immediately broke down in tears. "They were dropping off my chin and hitting the top of his head".

Since the tweet went viral, both Billy Ray Cyrus and Lil Nas X have acknowledged the Brundidge's story.

"What a king", he wrote.

Like in many homes across America, "Old Town Road" is a staple in the Brundidge house.

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