Singing Your Praises

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Remember the unlikely story of how Peter Hollens from NBC’s reality hit The Sing Off  and I became social media buddies?  You can read the funny story here.


Peter just put together an AMAZING Operation Beautiful-inspired cover of the new Lady Gaga hit.   EVERY noise in this song is made by Peter’s mouth and voice – incredible, right?!


He said, “The more work I put in on this project, the more I realized how absolutely fantastic and life changing this movement really is… Operation Beautiful is really helping women AND men find their voice.”


Here’s the deal: Peter and I need YOUR help.  We’d love for this video to go ‘viral.’  Peter is trying to launch his music career, and I always appreciate an opportunity to spread the Operation Beautiful love.


If you think Peter’s video is a hit, please Facebook, Twitter, Digg, e-mail, and/or blog the video.  Here’s a sample tweet with the video’s tinyURL if you’d like to copy and paste: “Check out this awesome #operationbeautiful Lady Gaga cover by @PeterHollens:” Thank you in advance for spreading the message!


If you blog Peter’s video, e-mail me ( a link to your post and I’ll add it to a list at the bottom of this post so readers of HTP can check out your blog, too.  I’m sure sharing this awesome video will bring a smile to your friends’ and readers’ faces! 



Who’s lovin’ Peter’s version of Born This Way?  I’ve listened to it so many times that I’ve nearly forgotten what the original sounds like!



  • Brittany March 7, 2011, 8:46 am

    WOW THIS IS AWESOME!! love it 🙂

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 7, 2011, 8:52 am

    So neat!

  • Sarah @ The Strength of Faith March 7, 2011, 8:56 am

    Caitlin, this is amazing. I’ll post it when my morning post goes up!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine March 7, 2011, 8:57 am

    Love it!! I’ll tweet, post and FB about it!!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 7, 2011, 8:59 am


  • Lena March 7, 2011, 8:59 am

    really really really don’t like Lady Gaga, but this is great!!!

  • dee March 7, 2011, 9:01 am

    Hi Caitlin! What a great job on the video! 🙂

    I haven’t blogged about it yet – but I did tweet it! I also made sure to {at} lady gaga to it too. Not sure if she’ll check it out, but better to have tried than to not to, right?

    Have a great day!

  • Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing March 7, 2011, 9:03 am

    Just posted it on my Facebook wall!

  • Alex @ Healing Beauty March 7, 2011, 9:04 am

    This is great!! He has an amazing voice!

  • KathrynTravels March 7, 2011, 9:05 am

    Wow wow WOW! This is amazing and combines some of my most favorite things in life – a capella, social media and positivity! Well done!

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 9:15 am

      Those are some of my favorite things, too!!! LOL

  • Julia March 7, 2011, 9:08 am

    This was a wonderful way to start the day!! I am trying to post this on FB and I must be more computer stupid than I thought beacuse I can’t figure out how to posst it on FB.

  • Laura @ Starting Out Fit March 7, 2011, 9:11 am

    Great video!! Just blogged it!

  • Sarah March 7, 2011, 9:13 am

    Its on my facebook wall!! It is super catchy… I Like it even better than Lady Gaga’s (hehe) Wish I could download it and crank it out on my ipod while I am biking my guts out!!

  • Lauren March 7, 2011, 9:15 am

    Wow, this is such an amazing way to spread the message! So cool how you guys connected!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 7, 2011, 9:18 am

    I love this! Going to tweet about it today! 🙂

  • brandi March 7, 2011, 9:19 am

    LOVE the video! What a great idea!

  • Michelle M March 7, 2011, 9:22 am

    Nice job! He’s so talented and I love that he’s helping to spread the Operation Beautiful message through music. I posted this to my Facebook page for all my friends to enjoy.

  • Camille March 7, 2011, 9:26 am

    This is fabulous! I like this more than the original! What talent!

  • Maryann (The Balanced Bean) March 7, 2011, 9:29 am

    That is AMAZING!!! I posted it to my FB 🙂

  • lindsay March 7, 2011, 9:32 am

    I haven’t listened yet b/c I am at work, but I LOVE this use of social media for good!! Especially since your relationship with Peter started off a bit rocky on Twitter 🙂

  • rebecca lustig March 7, 2011, 9:37 am

    OH MY GOSH CAITLIN, I LOVE THIS!!! Sharing it with everyone I know lol

  • Lauren March 7, 2011, 9:38 am

    This is AWESOME!!! I just shared it on FB and Tweeted. I’ll try to put it on a post later today.

  • Marike March 7, 2011, 9:39 am

    Lovin’ it!

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans March 7, 2011, 9:40 am

    So fun! And I love that it is linked to OB

  • rebecca lustig March 7, 2011, 9:40 am

    OH MY GOSH, Caitlin– this is amazing!! I’ll definitely share this video.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) March 7, 2011, 9:42 am

    This is great!

  • Ashley March 7, 2011, 9:42 am

    It’s amazing! I posted it and I’m sending you an email now.

  • jen @ taste life March 7, 2011, 9:48 am

    I tweeted it! I’m starting to love/become obsessed with social media. Could be a problem.

  • Kara March 7, 2011, 9:52 am

    I am putting this video on my blog this afternoon. Someone needs to email it to Perez Hilton!

    • Kara March 7, 2011, 9:56 am

      Well, I thought it was a good idea, so I did email to Perez Hilton, lol. Who knows, maybe he’ll blog about it 🙂

      • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 11:02 am

        What a genius idea!!!

        If anyone else wants to send it to Perez, his email is

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 7, 2011, 9:53 am

    No speakers at work 🙁 I’ll listen when I get home. I still love that you two are friends — and what a neat concept to combine your efforts!

  • Jolene ( March 7, 2011, 9:53 am

    This is so awesome Caitlin!!!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape March 7, 2011, 9:56 am

    That is so great 😀

  • Gretchen @ Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! March 7, 2011, 10:08 am

    You better believe I just blogged this! Love it. A cappella music is uhhhhmazing. The human voice is nature’s instrument, after all!

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me March 7, 2011, 10:16 am

    This is awesome! I shot you an email since I passed it on. 😉

  • Jen @ keepitsimplefoods March 7, 2011, 10:24 am

    Wow, impressive! I love the Sing Off and I remember how good Peter was last season. Very cool that you are promoting each other.

  • Natalia - a side of simple March 7, 2011, 10:27 am

    How cool! You’re about to go viral, Caitlin!

  • Rebekah March 7, 2011, 10:37 am

    That is so awesome 🙂

  • gina (fitnessista) March 7, 2011, 10:37 am

    that was seriously AMAZING. made me day start off even happier- loved it 🙂

  • Carrie March 7, 2011, 10:38 am

    Lady Gaga completely freaks me out, but this version is amazing!!!

  • Kiran March 7, 2011, 10:41 am

    Peter did an amazing job! This is awesomeness Caitlin 🙂

  • Kira March 7, 2011, 10:43 am

    He did an amazing job and you too!

  • Shannon March 7, 2011, 10:53 am

    How cool!!! I tweeted 🙂

  • Kim March 7, 2011, 11:04 am

    I love it!!

  • Amber from Girl with the Red Hair March 7, 2011, 11:06 am

    This is awesome Caitlin! I love it. I still can’t get over that ALL of those noises are his voice though – so incredible!!

  • valerie @ lots of dishes March 7, 2011, 11:09 am

    That is really cool. My friend got a note left in her car on the arm rest that said “You Are Beautiful.” I’m really hoping this was an Operation Beautiful rather than a scary thing. We’re totally going with the Operation Beautiful angle. I linked them to your blog/book recently! Awesome work.

  • Joanna@ Drizzle of Sunshine March 7, 2011, 11:14 am

    Love these types of videos!! He’s so creative!! I agree, when I hear versions like this, I forget what the original sounds like and when I do hear the original, I tend to not like it so much. This is a great song though, great for my runs!!

  • Baking N Books March 7, 2011, 11:30 am

    Holy crapola!

    This is insane! So proud of both of you.

    I’ll for sure post it up (and listen to it later…can’t do that at this dreaded work bah).

  • monicanelsonfitness March 7, 2011, 11:36 am

    OMG!!! That is so great! Coolest thing ever. Congrats on even more success Caitlin! He is talented for sure.

  • Jen March 7, 2011, 11:37 am


  • Rebecca March 7, 2011, 11:43 am

    I love these kinds of videos–so creative! I may not be a huge fan of Lady G, but this is impressive. 🙂

    Blogged it (link coming your way!), and Tweeted it, and Facebook’d it. 🙂

  • Kt March 7, 2011, 11:59 am

    This is great, I love it. Very catchy and the video is fun and upbeat. Caitlin you look so cute in it!

    I personally prefer Lady Gaga’s version because I like that she says, whether or not you believe in God, you are beautiful just the way you are.

    But I still like this version too 🙂

  • Sarah @ The Strength of Faith March 7, 2011, 12:12 pm

    Anybody else can’t get the song out of their head now?!

  • Jennifer (The Fat Carrot) March 7, 2011, 12:19 pm

    Done! It is blogged and facebooked! 🙂

  • salah@myhealthiestlifestyle March 7, 2011, 12:19 pm

    this is so awesome!!!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) March 7, 2011, 12:20 pm

    This is amazing! I added it to the top of my most recent post! 😀

  • Jen March 7, 2011, 12:27 pm

    WOW! What an amazing video! I definitely have to tweet this. Thank you! 😀

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 7, 2011, 12:27 pm

    I love it, I blogged about it too. Here it is :

    I am going to facebook it and tell all my friends, this is talent + a great message!!

  • Gina @ Gina Eats Beans March 7, 2011, 12:28 pm

    Blogged 🙂

  • Kelsey March 7, 2011, 12:31 pm

    THAT IS SOOOOO COOL!!! Thanks for sharing!

    I was just curious if you all could help me out please?


    I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR VOTE TO HELP ME WIN THIS CONTEST! You can vote daily and it ends March 13. If you could share with your friends too, that would be great! Thank you so much!

  • Amber K March 7, 2011, 12:32 pm

    I love Peter! His videos are awesome and I love it when Operation Beautiful gets more recognition 🙂

  • Ashley @ Thefitacademic March 7, 2011, 12:39 pm

    Amazing! I saw the last video, too – Chills! I tweeted it! (the sample text really made it easy!) : )

  • Rachel March 7, 2011, 12:59 pm

    I love the positive things I find on this blog! Totally put this on my facebook! 🙂

  • Pattie March 7, 2011, 1:00 pm

    I was crying as I listened to his song. Perhaps I’m just hormonal since it’s “that time of the month” but, whatever… I shared this on my Facebook page (and set the privacy to “everyone” so even the folks I have set on limited profile will see it).
    And here is the post I’ve added to my blog:

  • Jillian@ Reshape Your Life March 7, 2011, 1:18 pm

    That’s an awesome video… I like that much better than the Lady Gaga video!

  • Jen March 7, 2011, 1:38 pm

    Rock on!

  • Melissa March 7, 2011, 2:09 pm

    absolutely amazing

  • Joyce @ Flowing to Fifty March 7, 2011, 2:10 pm

    FB’d with a link to your blog. Lots of responses already.

  • Caroline March 7, 2011, 3:26 pm

    I stuck my first Operation Beautiful post-it on a Teen Weight loss book at the library today. I hope a teen finds it and smiles =)

  • Brittany March 7, 2011, 4:00 pm

    This is sooooo amazing!

  • Sarah March 7, 2011, 4:02 pm

    This video was just what I needed today! I had such a horrible, stressful week last week and an even worse night last night and this just cheered me up soooo much! I’ve already posted it to my Facebook and Twitter and if I had a blog, I’d post it there too 😉 Thank you for all that you do with Operation Beautiful!

  • Theodora March 7, 2011, 4:48 pm

    Ooh, he’s a cutie! 🙂

  • Nancy March 7, 2011, 4:48 pm

    I put it on FB! Love it, wish I could put on itunes for my run.

  • maria @ Chasing the Now March 7, 2011, 5:51 pm

    I don’t like the song itself (Lady Gaga’s version), but I love how he turned into an OB message and think his songs are so neat! 🙂 Thanks for sharing. I’m going to blog it! 🙂

  • Carol March 7, 2011, 6:12 pm

    LOVE IT!!! Awesome job:)

  • Jess @ Forever Addicting March 7, 2011, 7:14 pm

    Congrats, Caitlin! This is an amazing video. Peter’s vocals are incredible, he’d make Mother Monster, aka gaga, proud! I reckon he tweets his video to Gaga herself, if he hasn’t already. Perhaps cc Perez. I tweeted and shared with my 800+ friends on Facebook 😉

  • amber March 7, 2011, 7:47 pm

    I have positive feedback when I practice piano a lot. When I don’t, I hate it. As long as I practice, I love it!

    LOVE the video! Thats amazing.

  • Sasha March 7, 2011, 8:27 pm

    This is so making it to Ellen! I like his version better.

  • JenRD March 7, 2011, 9:16 pm

    WOW, that is amazing! I already posted it to facebook and twitter. My mother is a middle-school health teacher, and she does a lot of lessons on self-esteem. Do you know if she would be able to show this to her students? I’m sure they would love it.

    • Caitlin March 8, 2011, 9:00 am

      Oh yes she can!

  • Wendy March 7, 2011, 9:33 pm

    Done. 🙂

    This guy is pretty amazing, as is Operation Beautiful!

  • kirsten March 7, 2011, 9:37 pm

    This is awesome!! 😀

  • Peter Hollens March 7, 2011, 9:50 pm

    Hey everyone! It was such a pleasure to do this video for Operation Beautiful. I learned so much about the movement, and about so many people going through the site and getting extra pictures, and seeing all the tremendous work everyone is doing. So amazing to be apart of something like this. I’m honored you guys like it, please pass it on, the more people who see it, the more the movement gathers steam!

    If you dig the music, please subscribe on youtube, I’ll be doing a lot more videos for charities coming up including the Tug Mcgraw foundation in the next month with the lead singer from Committed (group who won the Sing Off on NBC)

    And I’d love if you wanted to follow me on twitter!

    Yippie social media. I’m such a nerd. I even have a facebook musician page that you can like.

    Ok, I’ll stop now. Anything I can do help in the future I’m SOOO game, I’d love to brainstorm another song to do in a few months. Any ideas? hit me up.

  • AnneJuliet March 7, 2011, 11:02 pm

    i shared the crap out of this! how awesome! after i posted, i was delighted to find that i had several facebook friends who also shared it:)

  • jodie March 8, 2011, 9:12 am

    Love it.

  • Tiffany March 11, 2011, 4:33 pm

    Ohhh…I really want to like this. I really do. I love Operation Beautiful and think it’s awesome but I really really dislike how he chose to “cover”/sanitize this song. Love or hate Lady Gaga, you have to admit that she is crystal clear about her support of the gay community and frankly, that’s kind of the point of this song. It just rubs me the wrong way to strip the song of any of those references and turn it to another cause, even one as good as OB. Leaving them in doesn’t diminish the OB-esque messages in it, but deliberately pulling them out just feels a bit pointedly anti-LGBT.

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