At four years old, it’s hard to imagine anyone would be brave enough to climb up on stage and belt out a song. But that’s just what this little guy does, and when he does it, it’s adorable. As the youngest ever Johnny Cash impersonator, Valor Yost is known as “The Kid in Black.” And in this video, we can witness the first time he performed the famous singer’s songs in front of a crowd.
The crowd goes wild and so will you.
The Kid In Black
Valor Yost hails from Sheboygan, Wisconsin and takes the moniker, “The Kid in Black,” for his outstanding and delightful impersonation of the famed Man in Black, Johnny Cash. Valor began performing his favorite Johnny Cash songs at the age of four, as you’ll witness in this video.
According to his Youtube page, Valor has been featured on MSNBC, and in publications the USA Today and The Chicago Tribune as well as many other media outlets.
In a Milwaukee Journal Sentinal article about Valor, his mother Casey explains how it all came about…
“He just loved to perform, and I thought it was such a great opportunity for a child to have that experience before getting to an age where he’s learning self-consciousness.”
Ring of Fire
June Carter Cash along with Merle Kilgore wrote “Ring of Fire” and Johnny Cash made the song famous. The song is considered one of Johnny Cash’s biggest hits so it’s no wonder a little kid of four would want to sing it.
A Certified Hit
The song is ranked number four on the CMT’s 100 Greatest Songs of Country Music, number 87 on Rolling Stones list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and number 27 on their list of the 100 greatest country songs of all time.
Valor has grown a lot since his days impersonating Johnny Cash, and he had taken off the black suit and left the stage. But after the recent death of David Bowie, he became a huge fan of Bowie’s work. And that has led him to his new stage persona, impersonating Ziggy Stardust himself, in a cover band playing his favorite Bowie songs.
Yost has performed with The Spiders From Milwaukee, a David Bowie tribute band that performs out of Wisconsin. The band rocks out all your favorite David Bowie hits, with Yost performing songs like Space Oddity, Ziggy Stardust, and Life on Mars. You can watch Yost in full Ziggy Stardust get up with the band on his Youtube Channel. The band can really jam and Yost has a great stage presence.
Yost gained notoriety as the youngest Johnny Cash impersonator, but his fortunes soared when performing as David Bowie. He won first runner-up prize at a Wisconsin State Fair children’s talent competition and took home a cash prize of $1,500. In the Journal Sentinel article, his mother said he used the winnings to purchase a brand new Fender Stratocaster.
Check out the video below to witness a four-year-old perform as Johnny Cash, singing “Ring of Fire.” This young man will surprise and delight you!
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