Eminem & Rihanna Get Covered by Viral Video Star Graham Stookey [VIDEO]

December 15, 2010 11:47 am
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(Photo: Sadao Turner/Ryan Seacrest Productions)

Armed with just an acoustic guitar and an ear-catching voice, 18 year-old viral video sensation Graham Stookey exclusively performed for RyanSeacrest.com for the first time away from his basement where he initially rose to fame online.

We invited the young singer/songwriter to Los Angeles to see his musical talents in person and he did not disappoint. Watch as Stookey mashes up B.o.B. & Hayley Williams‘ “Airplanes” and Eminem & Rihanna‘s “Love the Way You Lie,” in addition to playing two original pieces, “Jonah” and “Plan B.”

It was only seven weeks ago when 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 including a profile by CBS News, and his inbox is still flooded with e-mails from talent scouts all across the nation.

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.

While Stookey has now taken numerous meetings with record labels in L.A., no deals have been struck just yet. He’s also had a handful of popular producers reach out to do work and will be revealing exactly who soon on his YouTube channel. Keep up to date on Stookey’s progress by following him on Twitter at @GrahamStookey.


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