BY MORGAN GIORDANO
There are millions of covers on YouTube, so it is always extraordinary when the videos make it to the eyes and ears of the artists themselves. When 8-year-old singer Ellori posted her version of Mötley Crüe's power ballad "Home Sweet Home," she could not have expected that a member of the band would soon help spread her video across the Internet.
Voice coach Louise Prideaux accompanied Ellori on the piano and user Slimanem Richardson posted the video to the site on July 27. Just two days later, Mötley Crüe founding member and bassist Nikki Sixx tweeted Ellori's video and said, 'Amazing version of Home Sweet Home' to his 612,000 Twitter followers.
"Home Sweet Home" was originally released by the American metal band in 1985 on its album "Theatre of Pain." The album reached number 6 in the United States, but "Home Sweet Home" only got to number 89 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track, however, climbed to the 37th place when it was re-released in 1991, making it the only Mötley Crüe song to ever break into the American Billboard Top 40.
Sixx revealed the secret to how "Home Sweet Home" became a huge success despite never becoming a hit single. In 2012, he told his listeners on "Sixx Sense," Mötley Crüe's national radio program, that "the song ['Home Sweet Home'] was never a hit single. They never worked it at radio, they never promoted the song, and if it wasn't for MTV back when they used to play videos, that song wouldn't be the song it is today."
The music video was directed by Wayne Isham and featured all four members of the band getting a call, replying, "I am on my way,' then showing clips of the band at various concerts. The video held the number one spot for DIAL MTV's call-in video requests during the show's duration. It was the number one requested music video for over three months.
Since Sixx promoted Ellori's video, it has jumped to over 11,500 views. It is her first and only video posted to YouTube at the moment, but hopefully with the rocker's encouragement, the pint-sized power singer will make more in the future.
Watch Mötley Crüe's original "Home Sweet Home" video: