A ‘Superstar In The Making’: 12-Year-Old Rocks Out On Stage With Jelly Roll And Brantley Gilbert

The young artist joined each of the artists on stage during their recent stops in Milwaukee.


Madeleine O’Connell

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August 23, 2023

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Brady with Jelly Roll and Brantley Gilbert; Photos via Instagram, Facebook

During a show in Milwaukee, WI over the weekend, Jelly Roll fulfilled a 12-year-old fan’s request to help sing his and Brantley Gilbert’s duet, “Son Of The Dirty South.” Although inviting a fan on stage can be a hit-or-miss moment in a set, the country star was more than pleased with the outcome of this performance. 

The fan named Brady recently shared a video via social media, revealing the moment he was asked to join Jelly Roll on stage. As he later explained to Music Mayhem, this opportunity took a bit of effort on his end prior to the show.  

Memorable Moment

It began when he and his dad had gotten VIP tickets to the Friday night show at American Family Insurance Amphitheater, which in turn gave him the opportunity to connect with Jelly Roll’s DJ, DJ Chill, and his drummer, Cody Ash. Brady wasted no time as he showed the band members clips of him rapping on social media and then proceeded to ask to sing “Son of the Dirty South” with Jelly Roll. 

Jelly Roll with Brady; Photo Courtesy Facebook
Jelly Roll with Brady; Photo Courtesy Facebook

The next step he took was showing up to the concert with a sign he had made that read, “Can I sing ‘Son Of The Dirty South’ with you please?” Jelly Roll spotted Brady’s sign amid the packed crowd and asked his crew to get the fan in-ear monitors before delivering the hard-hitting track. 

As they traded off singing and rapping with Brady taking over Gilbert’s verses on the song, the crowd along with Jelly Roll gained more and more excitement in seeing the fan claim the stage. 


Before making his way back into the crowd, the “Need A Favor” singer hugged Brady and prompted him to introduce himself to the crowd. After sharing his name and age, he praised Jelly Roll for supporting him through his budding music career. 

Jelly Roll then told the crowd, “I just want y’all to know it doesn’t always go that well. That was incredible. That absolutely blew my fuc**ng mind, to be honest. If I had that talent when I was 12 years old I wouldn’t have went to prison. It’s going to be hard to follow that. We should’ve saved him for last.”

The memorable moment with Jelly Roll was captured on video and shared to Brady’s Instagram page. 

With great appreciation, Brady wrote, “Thank you so much @jellyroll615 and crew for sharing your stage with me. Milwaukee you were awesome tonight!”


To top things off, Brady also got to meet Jelly Roll backstage and take a few photos together. 

“It was a great experience,” Brady said. “It was really fun and energetic.”

While for many this may seem like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, that’s not necessarily the case for Brady as it was actually the second time he had been welcomed on stage to sing “Son Of The Dirty South.”

Another Memorable Night

Brantley Gilbert with Brady; Photo Courtesy Facebook
Brantley Gilbert with Brady; Photo Courtesy Facebook

The first came earlier in the month when he joined Brantley Gilbert on stage to sing Jelly Roll’s verse on the song. Prior to Gilbert’s opening slot on Nickelback’s tour, Brady and his dad got to join an intimate Q&A session and performance that was offered only to those who purchased the VIP tickets. Brady took this as a chance to ask Gilbert if he could help sing the same song with him. 

It appears that the “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” singer was so impressed by the bold request that he not only agreed but also invited Brady and his dad to hang out with him backstage before the show. 

Since Gilbert doesn’t consider himself to be a rapper, he gladly handed that role over to Brady who once again, gave his all to the performance as he hit each note and showed no sign of nerves. 

“I think we found a superstar in the making y’all… Give it up for Brady,” Gilbert wrote on social media in a clip documenting their epic delivery of the track. 

No Stranger To The Stage

In addition to Gilbert and Jelly Roll, the 12-year-old has previously performed with a variety of artists and bands including Dickie Allen, Three Days Grace, I Prevail, Limp Bizkit, and more. He further explained to Music Mayhem just how much he enjoys every chance he gets to stop on stage and deliver an entertaining performance to a sea of people matching his energy with cheers of excitement.

“It feels like a really good feeling to see all the fans cheering for you and the band,” Brady told the outlet. “It gives you shivers down your spine when you see the crowd for the first time! For me, it’s easier [to sing] in front of a crowd, but for other people maybe not. The best part of a concert is that everyone is happy and free — it’s like a big family.”

In 2022, Brady began posting videos of him singing and playing the guitar and drums on various stages, with his main genres of interest being 2000s country, rock and metal. Through these clips and especially in his most recent on-stage appearances, it’s clear he has a knack for impressing artists and audiences with his talent. 

Jelly Roll’s recent appearance in Milwaukee came as another stop on his current headlining Backroad Baptism Tour, which kicked off on July 28 with a sold-out show at Bank Plus Amphitheater in Southaven, Mississippi.

Additionally, the massive headlining tour runs through Saturday, October 14, where the trek will wrap up in Tampa, Florida at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre. 

Hosted by Josh Adam Meyers, Jelly Roll’s Backroad Baptism Tour features support from Ashley McBryde, Caitlynne Curtis, Chase Rice, Elle King, Merkules, Struggle Jennings, Three 6 Mafia and Yelawolf on select dates.

In the midst of his headlining tour, Jelly Roll will also serve as support on several dates of Eric Church’s The Outsiders Revival Tour

For more information on Jelly Roll’s tour, visit his official website HERE.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.