Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Alex Boyé teams up with One Voice Children's Choir and Lexi Walker for Africanized 'Let It Go'

Compiled by Alison Moore, Deseret News

Published: Thu, Feb. 13 4:05 p.m. MST

Let It Go - Frozen - Alex Boye

 Alex Boye sings with Lexi Walker in a \

Alex Boyé, the LDS singer-songwriter who has experience putting his own spin on popular songs, released an Africanized version of "Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen" Thursday.

Boyé tells the story of how the song and music video came to be in the description on the video's YouTube page:

"I went out of town for work and when I got back, my wife Julie told me, 'You've got to hear this.' She puts on the music and my little 4-year-old Adanna struts and shimmies across the living room singing every single word of 'Let It Go' with feeling and reckless abandonment (sic)!! Along with every other kid in the country, she got 'Frozenitis'! My mind immediately started racing, and I thought, 'I HAVE TO Africanize this!'"

Boyé collaborated with the Midway Ice Castles for a location and the Salt Lake City-based One Voice Children's Choir for vocals. The video also features young Lexi Walker in the role of lead singer, Elsa. Walker received attention last year after performing the national anthem at a Real Salt Lake game. The YouTube video of her performance has more than 181,000 views.

Comments on the video have been positive.

"So beautiful! Thank you," said commenter Anne Stilwill.

"That little girl's voice is amazing!!!" Natalie P. wrote on YouTube.

Alison Moore is a writer for the Faith and Family sections at DeseretNews.com. She is studying journalism and editing at Brigham Young University. EMAIL: amoore@deseretdigital.com

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1. Madden
Herriman, UT,
Feb. 13, 2014

Fantastic remix - loved the "Peponi" Paradise take that Boye did with The Piano Guys. Really cool to see the talent these kids have too.

2. USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT,
Feb. 13, 2014

Lexi Walker is the real star in this scenario.

Un-be-liev-able talent!

3. gittalopctbi
Glendale, AZ,
Feb. 13, 2014

As a professional choir director and vocal coach--HOLY COW THAT LEXI CAN SING! I'm totally impressed. And I'm not usually wholly impressed with gifted child singers. I agree with USAlover. but the rest of the crew, Alex and the children's choir, are superb, too.

4. Incite Full
Layton, UT,
Feb. 14, 2014

The girl's got quite a set of pipes!

The music in Frozen's great... as long as you don't consider the story behind the best songs...

in "Let it Go" Elsa (the Snow Queen) has a mental meltdown, because she's afraid of her mysterious powers and rather than staying with those she loves, she abandons everything... runs away from her problems, builds herself a world of her own that's pretty but ultimately dangerous, and nearly kills every living person in the land...

The song kind of comes off as inspirational--like it's a good thing to get rid of your "troubles" or being the "good girl"... but if you consider what she's doing storywise, she's making a selfish and destructive choice.

In an attempt to "Let it go" she's really only making things worse.

5. lrutz
Johnstown, PA,
Feb. 14, 2014

To Incite-Full: I don't know that that's what the song is about. All her life her parents have told her not to be herself, not to use or develop her talents, rather to hide them away and tamp down the things that make her truly unique and special--the things that make her, well, herself. This song is about breaking free from fear, deciding that the talents and gifts that you're given are not to be hidden away. It's a song about understanding who you are and deciding to be that no matter what anyone else says. I love how she goes from being walled up inside, sad, and beaten down with sorrow to being confident and ultimately through the movie learning to love others AND herself.