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Richmond-made Seahawks fan video garners huge YouTube following
A made-in-Richmond YouTube video featuring some locally-grown talent is creating quite a buzz on social media in the days leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
Ever since the Seattle Seahawks advanced to the National Football League's championship game—scheduled for Sunday afternoon when they'll face the Denver Broncos—with a thrilling win over the San Francisco 49ers, Richmond's Clayton Imoo (@CanuckClay) has thought about doing a fan video.
After all, though located three hours south, Seattle's sports teams have been adopted by many Vancouver-area residents.
And so last Sunday morning, Imoo put pen to paper, and in 15 minutes rewrote the lyrics to Katy Perry's hit-song "Roar," and renamed his Seahawks fan video "Soar."
He called on two friends, who have been featured in his previous Vancouver Canucks fan videos, to provide the vocals.
Marie Hui (@MarieHui), a Matthew McNair grad who now lives in Burnaby, describes herself as a huge Seahawks fan, and plays quarterback for her flag football team.
She couldn't wait to get started on the project, which incorporated just a short one-hour rehearsal.
Hui was joined by fellow vocalist Arielle Tuliao (@ajtuliao), a New Westminster resident whose dad is a big Seahawks fan and who lived in Richmond as a youngster.
The video was recorded, courtesy the technical assistance of Imoo's 12-year-old son Sean who flipped through the lyrics on an iPad and ensured the two cameras were properly working, early Sunday night. The video was posted to YouTube later that same night.
In just three days, the video has garnered 57,000-plus views.
"It's been very cool," Imoo said Wednesday of the public's response.
The talented trio have been featured on both CTV News and Global BC.
"It's crazy," said Hui, 29. She became a Seahawks fan three years ago, and is amazing by the player's athleticism, particularly that of quarterback Russell Wilson.
Tuliao said she got the sense that this video would be well received, but didn't expect so many views so quickly.
"It's mind blowing. I'm still trying to process it."
And the response to the video has been largely positive.
"Wow, you two sing so beautifully," wrote one commenter. "Girls got pipes," said another.
But one Denver Broncos fan couldn't resist raining on their parade: "Ur voices are amazing but sorry to disappoint you all, its Broncos yr this yr..."