It was the finale of CMT's Next Superstar Friday night, live from Franklin, TN.  And when the dust had settled, only one contestant was left.

From the stage of The Factory in Franklin, a young man named Matt Mason performed Classic Johnny Cash tunes and won himself a chance that thousands of aspiring country artists would love.

The final performance from Matt came with a country take on the Matchbox 20 tune "Unwell".  It was the same bold move he had made earlier this season back in April.

Mason was quoted on our national website Taste of Country as saying, “If you can touch three people out of 5,000 with one song, then have someone come up to you and say they’ve been through the same thing and that song meant something to them, that’s what music should be about.  “It’s not just about making money or how good you can look on TV or on camera. It’s about singing something to people that does something to them. To me, artists in today’s world will cut anything just because it might be good on radio. That’s not what it’s all about. It’s not about how many No. 1 songs you have.”

The victory earned the 25 year old a contract with country powerhouse label, Warner Music Nashville.  

Matt believes he is CMT's Next Superstar because of his determination and life experiences. His musical influences range from Waylon Jennings to Bruce Springsteen.

So, we look forward to more rewarding muisc from the Next Superstar and wish him the best of luck in the future.