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Behind the scenes at 'Happy' cover video shoot

By Ashley Kewish | Posted - Apr 9th, 2014 @ 8:06pm

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SALT LAKE CITY — What do you get when you combine a hit song, a brand new aquarium, and a whole lot of Utah talent? A new video from singer-songwriter Alex Boyé.

Alex Boyé shared an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at what it took to pull off the massive production.

You might remember Alex Boyé's cover of "Let it Go" from the Disney movie, "Frozen."

The video was shot entirely at the Ice Castles in Midway and has been viewed nearly 32 million times on YouTube.

This time instead of singing a Disney song, Boyé covers the hit song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams, made popular in the movie "Despicable Me."

In the video, Boyé dances through a shark tunnel and the One Voice Children's Choir hula hoops with penguins at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper.

In each of his productions, Boyé said he tries to bring in what he calls an African tribal influence.

"I was actually going to shoot it downtown, and when I came down here and saw this place, I begged them (to let me) shoot the whole video here," Boyé said.

Boyé dressed in character as Gru from "Despicable Me," with a choir of minions made up of 140 Utah children. He said the video was a huge undertaking, but the whole thing was shot in just one day.

Masa Fukuda is the director of One Voice Children's Choir.

"They're all in tune, excited and they're shining," Fukuda said. "That's my job."

Boyé said he loves putting a different spin on popular songs and that he hopes to keep using Utah's talent and scenery.

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