BRUSHY PRAIRIE — Two Prairie Heights High School graduates have made a music video that’s gone viral and are hoping it will catch the attention of Ellen DeGeneres.
Shelbie Asher and Caleb Carr, cousins, made a video singing the Elvis Presley classic, “Can’t Help Falling In Love.” As of Wednesday, 1.4 million Facebook viewers showed their love in watching the video.
Asher, 21, is a 2013 Prairie Heights High School graduate. She attends Ball State University and is a theater education major.
Carr, 18, is a 2015 Prairie Heights High School graduate. He is currently focusing on his music and sharing a Muncie apartment with Asher. He will audition for the NBC-TV show, “The Voice,” in February.
“It was random and a gum commercial Haley Reinhart sang. I was practicing around our apartment and I recorded it with Shelbie,” Carr said about choosing the song made famous by the king of rock ‘n’ roll.
Both said the response to their rendition has been unexpected. They have been getting messages about their video from all over the world. Some people shared their personal stories or wished them well.
For the cousins, the message behind the video is much deeper.
“In the long term, for me, I direct Muncie Civic Youth Shows. My kids have been so supportive. I’m from a small town and I want them to see if they put their minds to it they can do anything,” Asher said.
Asher said she’s always been an advocate for the arts and in her case, through music and theater. She would like people to embrace artists more and it’s also another reason in making the video.
“I want them to be looked at as equal. Theater is the only class you can be looked at as real, and it teaches life lessons and how to be a good human,” she said.
Asher said the pair has had much help and support locally with promoting the video.
“The community we came from, they all came together. Our high school and others shared it. It was incredible and we want to thank everyone,” she said.
Carr said he has received the common Facebook comment that people didn’t think he’d sing so well because of his large frame.
“On Facebook, people have been commenting, ‘I didn’t think he’d sound like that’ with my body type. When people look at me they expect me to be a football player and wrestler,” he said, adding he is working to dispel that myth.
The pair is looking to TV’s “The Ellen Show” and said the video has been sent to the celebrity they admire.
“We have been trying to get this to Ellen. We want to get on her show and perform it. She’s a big platform. It could open a lot of doors for us,” Carr said.
In the meantime, the pair released “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” It was recorded and edited at the IMPACT Institute, Kendallville, at no charge with help from student volunteers.
‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’
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