The U.S. Air Force’s cover of Adele’s “Rolling In the Deep” is going viral.
As of this afternoon, the YouTube video of the band Sidewinder, which was posted on Aug. 8, had more than 220,000 views. In it, lead female vocalist, staff Sgt. Angie Johnson, of the 571st Air Force Band, 131st Bomb Wing, Air National Guard, does a pitch perfect impression of English singer-songwriter Adele’s hit single. She is supported by a cast of seven other band members: Three strum guitars, one thumps on a drum set, and another plays a bright blue string instrument. The group sports simple band attire: Army green t-shirts and camouflage fatigue pants.
AreYouSurprised, the soldier who posted the video, wrote, “Just taking a break, and enjoying some underpaid talent,” under his latest YouTube post. Apparently, he’s surprised at how the cover’s taken off. The Middle East stationed soldier who describes himself as a “military member in the closet,” tweeted on Aug. 9, “Holy crap…my latest video is getting blown up like crazy.”
Sgt. Johnson was similarly surprised when TV celeb, Carson Daly, contacted her via Twitter. Daly tweeted: “Staff Sgt. Angie Johnson from the band Sidewinder, the 571st Air Force Band, 131st Bomb Wing, Air National Guard! I need to reach you!”
Sgt. Johson replied: “@carsonjdaly Totally can’t believe I’m tweeting with you right now. Jaw.On.Floor.” And later, “@carsonjdaly I’m in the Middle East with Sidewinder now! Internet is spotty. I just found out about all of this a couple of hours ago!!!”
Sgt. Johnson has since tweeted to NBC’s The Voice and Mark Burnett. She also expressed her gratitude to the soldier responsible for her growing fame. She tweeted, “Mr. Are You Surprised Soldier who posted the video of Sidewinder on YouTube, you are crazy rad man!!! Thanks for the love like whoa.”
– Reshma Kirpalani