Nick Pitera: Living The Fantasy

Pixar’s Nick Pitera becomes YouTube singing star: Aidin Vaziri | Nick Pitera is leading a double life. Make that a triple. Actually, we might need to go a little higher. According to his resume, the 25-year-old Minnesota native is an animator at Pixar Studios in Emeryville. Millions of people know him better though as the dapper guy on YouTube with the amazing voice – the one who, without breaking a sweat, is capable of hitting all the high notes in dazzling covers of songs by the likes of Leona Lewis, Mariah Carey and, in his most popular clip, both Aladdin and Jasmine on “A Whole New World,” from the movie “Aladdin.” In his latest clip, “One Man Disney Movie,” Pitera goes even further. Using a “Brady Bunch”-style grid, he performs an eight-minute-plus mashup of songs from various big-screen musical fairy tales, from “Beauty and the Beast” to “Tangled,” taking on the roles of the heroes, heroines, villains, sidekicks and their furry choirs. Since he uploaded the octave-spanning medley to the video-sharing site some two months ago, it has reached nearly 3 million views.
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