It takes a special kind of musician to put his own stamp on existing songs. , a musician and producer from Raleigh, NC, has made a name for himself by not just producing covers of songs, but by completely re-imagining them. Known for his on YouTube, he is even making commercial artists take notice. He recently covered Cyndi Lauper's anthem "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" in his signature minor-key tone, and he takes it to emotional heights. The version is poignant without undermining the song's uplifting sentiment.
Taylor Swift and Richard Marx have even their approval of Holfelder's re-imaginings of their popular hits "Out of the Woods" and "Right Here Waiting," respectively. With the holidays fresh behind us, you may have missed Holfelder's version of " originally made famous by Mariah Carey. YouTuber Kurt Hugo created the music video for him, and the result is an angsty but rousing stress reliever from the chaos of the season. It also showcases his vocal versatility. Check out and you'll notice the huge number of followers as he teeters on the verge of commercial success.
Give a listen to his "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" below and see how the combination of talent and clear vision can change your perspective on a familiar song and make you appreciate it on another level.