Viral Video Sensation Graham Stookey Performs for

December 14, 2010 4:15 pm

(Photo: Sadao Turner/Ryan Seacrest Productions)

It was only seven weeks ago when 18-year-old singer/songwriter Graham Stookey begrudgingly posted a video of himself playing guitar and singing at the request of a friend. Today, the video boasts over 200,000 views, the web is littered with blogs about him and his inbox is still flooded with e-mails from talent scouts all across the nation.

Wednesday (12/15), will exclusively reveal Stookey’s first performance outside of his home, when we invited him to Los Angeles to see his musical talents in person. Stookey graciously played three songs including a mash-up cover of B.o.B. & Hayley Williams‘ “Airplanes” and Eminem & Rihanna‘s “Love the Way You Lie.”

Stookey is a member of a rare yet multiplying breed of musician, one that is discovered online and thrust before the spotlight receiving hundreds of thousands of views sometimes overnight. Teen phenomenon Justin Bieber is the most notable of Stookey’s kind, going from recording webcam videos in his bedroom to selling out Madison Square Garden within the span of two years.

CBS News’ Shira Lazar recently interviewed Stookey where he spoke about being in class while the video picked up steam gaining thousands of views every hour.

For more information on what Stookey has been up to since posting the video, check back to tomorrow (12/15) when we post his performance videos and more! In the meantime, follow Stookey on Twitter at @GrahamStookey and if you haven’t already seen it, watch the video below!