Bear Bailey launched the Gas Station Sessions Thursday (Apr. 28) with a cover of the Rascal Flatts’ hit, “Prayin’ For Daylight.”
Bailey, who is a viral TikTok gas station singer, was joined by guitarist, Seth Michael for the performance. The song, which was co-written by Steve Bogard and Rick Giles, was released in 2000 as Rascal Flatts’ debut single from their self-titled debut album.
Bailey has previously covered Rascal Flatts’ songs on TikTok, including “Bless The Broken Road,” “Ellsworth,” and “It’s Not Just Me.”
Bailey has also recently formed a friendship with Rascal Flatts frontman, Gary LeVox. Bailey met LeVox back in 2021 at his Tennessee ranch. In a clip of the pair’s meeting that Bailey posted to his Instagram story, he described the experience as a “dream come true” for him.
In another video, also posted by Bailey to his Instagram feed, he and LeVox joined forces on a cover of Travis Tritt’s song, “Help Me Hold On.”
Bailey discussed meeting LeVox and singing with him, telling Music Mayhem, “If you would’ve told me that I don’t have long left on this earth and I can meet one person, it’d be Gary freakin’ LeVox. That was a dream come true, a full circle moment for me,” he said.
“Singing with him in person was incredible!” Bailey continued. “[I] spent the entire night with him, it was just a lot of fun. He’s just truly a wonderful, great, good guy, man of God, good person. He was just overall great.”
LeVox expressed similar sentiments, sharing the video to his own Instagram page, writing, “I cannot begin to tell you how much fun I had with my new brother @bear_bailey1. He is a brother for life and so talented. I cannot wait to see his music touch the masses. Brothers for life stay tuned more to come from both of us.”
Bailey also hopped on the Luke Combs “When It Rains, It Pours” Duet challenge on TikTok, posting a video of himself singing alongside the country superstar.
In addition, Bailey shared a clip of one of his unreleased songs called “Mama’s Boy” that he co-wrote with Mitchell Tenpenny.
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Bailey stopped by the Nick Cannon Show in October 2021 to discuss how TikTok has changed his life. Bailey explained that he’s been singing in the Super Serve Gas Station near Houma, Louisiana for years but only recently thought to record himself.
“The ladies that work there have always asked me to sing, and this time, I said, ‘Let’s film it and see what happens,’” he told Cannon.
After that, Bailey’s video blew up and he quickly went viral, he shared. Bailey’s success with the platform has helped him launch his music career.
After this happened, God has been good, and I have been traveling, singing, and writing,” he said. “Getting in studios and doing different things like that.”
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