A video of the talent show performance went viral, garnering hundreds of thousands of views. All of a sudden, the teenager had legions of fans appreciating his voice. One of those fans happened to be Randy Travis himself, who noticed the teen’s talent. Randy’s wife, Mary David, wrote a note of encouragement to Jared:

“Jared, you covered Randi’s song beautifully! Just want you to know Randy teared up when he listened to it this afternoon. Great job and we hope that one day soon we can meet you — we would be honored! Keep up the fight, the spirit, and the music; you are a very talented young man. God bless you and keep you in the palm of his almighty hand. Sending love and gratitude.”

Since his original video went viral, Jared’s career has skyrocketed. He continues to perform for his fans, and in 2018 he released his own song called “In The Name Of Freedom.”

Watch Jared’s stunning performance in the video below and please like and share!