WATCH: TikTok Sensation Kaleb Austin overwhelmed by emotions after Travis Tritt surprised him at Country Now Awards
The social media sensation has become a rising star in country music, Kaleb austin received the surprise of a lifetime at the inauguration Country now Prize giving on Wednesday (December 8). After Lily Rose revealed Austin was the winner, the Utah native was brought to tears by the country music hitmaker Travis Tritt who surprised him with the exciting news of his first award.
Tritt’s big appearance comes as no surprise, as Austin often covers Tritt’s hits as well as other chart-topping country songs. Therefore, the icon jumped at the chance to praise his jaw-dropping renditions and to encourage the groundbreaking star to keep an eye on the award.
âHi Kaleb, it’s Travis Tritt,â the singer shared in a virtual message. “I’m here today to tell you that you are the Favorite TikTok Artist Winner for the Country now Awards – Congratulations.
@ countrynow.com New Life Goal Unlocked: Receive a personal message from the hitmaker Country Music #TravisTritt ?? #countrynowwards @kalebaustinmusic Light Up The Night – Kaleb Austin
Austin’s wife Cheyenne was in on the plan and took a momentous step he will never forget. The loving wife sat the aspiring singer in front of a flat screen computer and hit play. Once Austin wrapped his head around the moment of the pinch, his eyes filled with tears and he gasped in shock.
âI heard you do some of my songs on TikTok,â continued the âI’m Gonna Be Somebodyâ artist. âI think that’s pretty cool! Good luck in all your future endeavors. Keep chasing your dreams, âhe concluded.
Jaw still on the ground, he pushed back his chair, stifled with emotion. While finding the right words to describe how he feels after the shocking surprise, his wife asked, “What do you think?” Wiping his eyes, he expressed his gratitude for this prestigious honor. âI am more than grateful. It’s the coolest thing ever. We did it, baby! Thank you very much.”
@kalebaustinmusic My very first prize thanks to you guys! #fyp #Kampfire #country @ countrynow.com Light Up The Night – Kaleb Austin
Following Tritt’s virtual tour, Austin reunited and spoke to his fans. “I just wanted to say thank you very much in the country now for organizing this awards show and allowing me to be a part of it, âsaid the title holder with a smile from ear to ear. âHonestly, I was speechless when I heard Travis Tritt announce my name as the winner, which is so cool. I also want to give a big thumbs up to my wife [Cheyenne] and my TikTok family [KAmpfire]. Of course, I couldn’t do this without you guys. So thank you all very much. I love you.”
Although the country singer-songwriter seemed stunned by the great honor, country music fans never doubted the self-motivated go-getter. Austin caught the music bug very early in his life, when he first bought a guitar at the age of 14. Like many other teens, he turned to songwriting to channel his emotions and began drawing real-life experiences to organize vulnerable, but relatable, leads.
It didn’t take long for the budding artist to pack his bags to pursue his craft in Music City. While in Nashville, Austin rubbed shoulders with elite composers to create his own sound and collection. Later in life, Austin was forced to rethink his career path to be his family’s caretaker, and the up-and-coming singer returned to his home state of Utah. After returning to Utah, he dropped his first single “Sound of the South”. Upon its release, the country-rock ballad rose to the top of the iTunes Country Chart and took # 1. In just two weeks, the twangy anthem has garnered over 350,000 streams. The successful introduction was Austin’s launching pad to stardom as his social media numbers began to soar.
Now the hitmaker has huge success on TikTok and Instagram – leaving him with a dedicated fan base of nearly a million. The musician released “Sun Goes Down” and “Turn the Night On” to maintain the positive momentum and engagement of his community.
Next month Austin will release his fourth single, âCheyenne,â which is a tribute to his wife. The song is available for pre-order now. HERE.
As he continues to share spooky country covers, he is gearing up for the release of his EP in early 2022.
The Inaugural Country Now Awards aired on Wednesday, December 8. The winners in the 14 categories were determined by fan votes placed between November 15 and November 30 on CountryNow.com. Over 1.1 million votes in total were cast.
Hosted by Country Now’s Lauren Black, the Country Now Awards featured special appearances from Brantley Gilbert, Carly Pearce, Chayce Beckham, Chelcie Lynn (aka Trailer Trash Tammy), Elle King, ERNEST, Jameson Rodgers, Jimmie Allen, Kaleb Austin, Katie Austin, Kierra Lewis, Lindsay Ell, Morgan Wallen and Walker Hayes.
George Birge, HARDY, Jameson Rodgers, Jimmie Allen, Lainey Wilson, Restless Road and Lily Rose also performed.
The Country Now Awards live broadcast supported Love Music. Stop the cancer. Campaign to raise awareness and support children with cancer and other catastrophic illnesses at St. Jude Children’s Research HospitalÂ®. Visit musicgives.org to learn more about Love Music. Stop the cancer.