A song written by a long-time Lynbrook resident and Malverne High School grad is creating quite the buzz on YouTube.
In early July, Alex Calvo, 43, posted a song on YouTube he recorded with singer Geri Dejohn, a Seaford native who now resides in East Meadow. Since posting the video of the song, called “When You Walk Out of My Life”, it has been averaging around 1,000 views per week.
“This is an incredible amount of hits because Geri Dejohn is an unknown; therefore, people do not search for her or Google her,” said Calvo, who wrote and recorded the song from his recording studio, I've Got Music Productions, which is located inside his Lynbrook home. “The only way that the song can be getting these hits is by people recommending it to other people via e-mail or social networking.”
Calvo, who studied music at Five Towns College and was a member of the Long Island cover band "Where's Ringo" until leaving to focus on his songwriting and recording business, said this track has also generated buzz across the globe. An Internet radio station in Europe picked it up. Since then, the song has been put up for sale on iTunes, Amazon and many other Internet radio stations, according to Calvo.
This is the second song Calvo has recorded with Dejohn, who he met at the Long Island Cabaret Theatre, where she regularly performs.
"She was the standout performer of the Cabaret. She sang with such emotion and power. Her tone was great too," Calvo said of Dejohn. "After one of her performances, I asked her if she would be interested in recording with me. She said 'Yes.'"
The duo's first track was more of a comical piece compared to "When You Walked Out of My Life," which was inspired by a woman Calvo knows. "Her husband had left her after many years of being married," he added.
Dejohn, a 1983 graduate, said she has been amazed by the attention her singing has generated from the YouTube video. She has been singing with community theater groups for around a decade after being inspired by her children’s involvement in musical drama.
“If [the YouTube video] leads to anything than great but I just take it one day at a time,” said Dejohn, who works as a hair stylist at in Garden City.
While thousands around the world have now heard Dejohn’s voice, she has not been among the ones watching the YouTube video that highlights her name.
“I don’t like to listen to myself,” she said. “I am my own worst critic.”