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Alex Boyé and Senior Citizens Get Funky in “Uptown Funk” Remake

As if Alex Boyé wasn’t already funky, he has just solidified his place in Funkytown. Boyé just released his latest YouTube video for “Uptown Funk,” originally by Mark Ronson, featuring Bruno Mars. His cover is a cleaned-up version of the song with family-friendly lyrics.

In addition to these changes, Boyé’s video features senior citizens from age 65-92. Between all of his video co-stars, they have raised 500 children, 1,200 grandchildren and 250 great-grandchildren. We’re not going to give the whole thing away but the video just might feature a 92-years-young woman doing a split.

The video is making huge waves on the Internet has been shared by BuzzfeedTIME, New York’s Daily News and the Huffington Post to name a handful. Boyé is also trending on Facebook, where “Uptown Funk” was shared by comedian D.L. Hughley to his over 1 million followers. The Huffington Post article said, “We've been floored before by fun-loving seniors, whether they're busting a move to hip-hop or pulling off some of Michael Jackson's classic steps. But we have to say we've never seen a parody quite so perfect before. If you don't believe us, just watch.”

For those of you who don’t know the backstory, Boyé, recently completed his servicewith the Mormon Tabernacle Choir but will reunite for several performances this year, including a guest appearance tonight and tomorrow at the American Choral Directors Association concerts in Salt Lake City, February 26-27, 2015.

Boyé will also be performing at Carnegie Hall on March 4, 2015, with fellow YouTube sensations The Piano Guys and Peter Hollens. If that weren’t enough, he will join the Choir as a guest soloist for this summer’s tour in June-July and will once again be able to grace the stage at Carnegie Hall when the Choir and Orchestra visit New York City. For more information on the Choir’s summer tour, click here.