(Cover photo from: Suan Lee)
One quick search of a popular song on YouTube will yield hundreds of results, many of which are covers of the original. Some do it for fun, others do it to get noticed. There are quite a few, however, who gain sudden fame. And there are others who take the fame as a step towards something more concrete.
Lydia Lee mesmerised the world when she released a cover of Adele's Hello, but now she's ready to make a name for herself and let people hear her through her own words.
We had the opportunity to talk to her about what it was like for her cover to go viral and what's next for her after that. Read on to learn more about the budding star.
It was so surreal. It got to a point where I couldn't believe it even though I saw it through my own eyes! I also definitely did not see that coming at all since there were no intentions of making the cover go viral. I was so grateful to see people enjoying the cover.
Tell us about your experience at the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
To be honest, I actually went through a phase where I felt so insecure about myself when the video got viral. I felt like I wasn't ready for this much exposure and didn't deserve it. But this experience definitely helped me get through this phase and realise the true musical ability that I had and to embrace my insecurities. I've also learned to push the limits within me. Also, professionally, it trained me to go out there and enjoy the music with the audience and to collaborate with numerous different musicians and producers.
What and who are you inspired by musically? Why?