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Nonverbal 4-Year-Old with Autism Surprises Mom By Singing ‘Old Town Road’

Nonverbal 4-Year-Old with Autism Surprises Mom By Singing ‘Old Town Road’

Lil Nas X’s wildly successful hit, ‘Old Town Road’ has taken the billboard charts and social media by storm, but for one family in Minnesota, it’s a miraculous melody. 

Last Tuesday Sheletta Brundidge shared a video that showed her 4-year-old son, Daniel, singing the lyrics to ‘Old Town Road.’ And while there is no shortage of kids singing the song, what makes his rendition special is Daniel has autism and doesn’t talk. 

Brundidge told Because of Them We Can that she noticed Daniel humming the lyrics first. Then, the miracle occurred. 

“I noticed he was responding to the song on Monday afternoon. The house was quiet. My older children were reading books and doing homework because school hadn't let out yet for the summer. And he was standing in front of me opening and closing my house gown buttons when he hummed the tune. Then he started singing the words to the song and that's when I grabbed the phone and took a 10 second clip. I didn't do more cause I wanted to be in the moment with my baby and enjoy the miracle I was watching,” she told Because of Them We Can. 



Daniel has three siblings, two of them also have autism. He was diagnosed when he was one year old.

“I'm just excited to see what God is going to do in Daniel through music. We tried everything but music and I'm not sure why. Probably because music therapy isn't covered by insurance. But where there is a will there is a way.”

The power of music can’t be understated. Sheletta shared that when Daniel was diagnosed, her Sunday school teacher suggested they try using music to help. 

“I should have listened to Sister Daisy McKenzie when she gave me that nugget of information three years ago,” she said. 

When Lil Nas X learned about the miracle, he retweeted Sheletta’s original post with the caption, “what a king.”

We agree and we can’t wait to see where music takes Daniel next!