When Auburn student Caleb Hyles uploaded his cover of "Let It Go" to YouTube two months ago, he didn't expect it to go viral virtually overnight. Now he has joined up with director Amos Sussigan to put together a mash-up of Idena Menzel's "Let It Go" in a "Game Of Thrones" setting. Wow. What an incredible voice!
Caleb was flown from Alabama to the California to film a masculine, medieval version of the powerful Disney song that has inspired imaginations all over the world. Depth of passion meets a crown and sword, and ravens. "Let Them Come." Hyles certainly delivers in a soul-stirring style that is uniquely his own.
Just before HBO aired the season four opening episode of "Game of Thrones," the epic-style "Let Them Come" video premiered on YouTube. It received over 15,000 page views in its first two days, according to AL.com.
When director Amos Sussigan first saw Caleb Hyles cover of "Let It Go," he loved the addition of testosterone, and that got his creative wheels turning, to take the song in a new direction that would appeal more to guys. Thus, "Let Them Come" was born.
Caleb had recorded a number of song covers before "Let it Go" went viral, but it is that one song that has stirred the hearts of almost 5 million people who have viewed it on YouTube. Lots of people have done covers of the Frozen song, but Hyles' version is the one that got noticed. His passion and depth of emotion have dramatized the song in such a way that, for many, Caleb's version has become the definitive version.
One blogger wrote, "Maybe it's just me, but listening to this version of the song got to me a lot more than the song in the actual movie."
He is not alone in that thinking. Just watching Caleb's face as he pours his soul into his song is pure delight. He pulls at all kinds of emotions, and leaves the listener feeling triumphant, like they can conquer the world.
Caleb Hyles' powerful cover is now on Vimeo:
In an interview with Auburn's student-run TV channel Eagle Eye, Caleb tells what the song means to him: "It's just such a wonderful song and it has a lot of poignant messages in it that mean a lot to me and a lot of other people. I wanted to add a spin to it that I don't think I had heard before, especially in any male covers, and really try to stretch myself too."
Now that spin has been added, magnified, and crowned in the epic "Game Of Thrones" mash-up. Who knows what is next for Caleb Hyles? Let's hope it is an album, or a movie deal. The world needs to hear more of this incredible voice.