Listen: Lil Nas X calls in to WCCO-AM to chat with mom of viral video boy

Sheletta Brundidge's son is mostly nonverbal, but was inspired to sing 'Old Town Road.'
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WCCO-AM's Sheletta Brundidge talks with Lil Nas X

One of the most heartwarming viral moments in recent months featured a 4-year-old boy from Cottage Grove.

Daniel has autism, and up until recently was mostly nonverbal, with his mother Sheletta Brundidge saying he's only managed to say 2 or 3 words during his life.

Enter Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, whose summer hit "Old Town Road" provided the inspiration for Daniel to sing for the first time in a video captured by his mother, which quickly went viral on Twitter last week.

Fast-forward to this week, and Brundidge, who is a producer at 830 WCCO-AM radio and a host of the Two Haute Mamas podcast, received a phone call from Lil Nas X himself, so she could properly thank him.

You can listen to the clip from the Cory Hepola Show, given to BMTN courtesy of WCCO-AM, below, but here are a few excerpts from their conversation.

Brundidge told him: "My 4 year old doesn't really participate, he has the kind of autism where he doesn't know what's going on in the room.

"That boy comes up to me ... he was opening and closing the buttons on my duster, and in a small voice he just started singing your song. I realized he could learn and he could sing and he could recall information and I realized there was hope for my child to be a regular kid and not have to stay in special education.

"The light that is in you has shined on my son and it has given him a clear path for how he can get healed from his autism. That light that is in you has given us as parents a way to see our way out of this situation."

A very humbled Lil Nas X responded: "I was so happy I was able to be a part of something that big.

"I am honestly lost for words, I never knew something that a few months ago in my house I was making could make it to this level where I have you and your son involved.

"I'm here to help in any kind of way if you need me to, you have my number, and I want to make sure you know that."

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