Northwest Florida's got talent: 6 Okaloosa, Walton folks became viral sensations in 2021

Savannah Evanoff
Northwest Florida Daily News

Between TikTok, Instagram, Facebook and, well, the Internet, it’s easier now to go viral than ever.

Some local faces experienced that in 2021 through a variety of ways — singing, dancing, and cooking. Here’s a look back on some Northwest Floridians who were featured in viral videos in the past year.

Featured in Destin musician Skylar Capri's music video for her single, “Sway,” are (from left) Emmaleigh Thompson. Ashleigh Pierce, Capri (center), Elizabeth Savoie and Cassidy Berry. Olivia Reeths helped with choreography.


Northwest Florida country singer Casey Kearney won hearts over with her rendition of “God Bless America” at the seventh-inning stretch of the Atlanta Braves game against the Philadelphia Phillies on May 8 at Truist Park. A video of the performance earned more than 500,000 views on Facebook.

Brandon Knight, also known as Chef BK: A Knight of Fine Dining, went viral on Facebook with a video of Jamie Foxx raving about his cooking — namely his crab cakes. Knight served Foxx as a private chef when the actor visited Destin on Memorial Day weekend.


Destin pop singer-songwriter Skylar Capri went viral on TikTok with a huge DIY project incorporating 2,500 free paint chip samples from The Home Depot in Destin. She and her friends spent six hours taping paint chips to the wall to create a backdrop for the music video to her song “Sway,” which dropped in September.

Capri attracted millions of views and an article in People Magazine after posting a video of her and her friends making the wall.

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Santa Rosa Beach military veteran and owner of EOD Fudge, Aaron Hale, has gone viral many times on TikTok this year with videos about his story and passion for cooking. While in Afghanistan, an explosion robbed Hale of his vision, and years later he also lost his hearing. Now equipped with cochlear implants and his wife McKayla at his side, Aaron has leaned into his passion for cooking and shares it with TikTok, along with his treats. Some of his most popular videos are part of a series called “Cookin’ Without Lookin’.”

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Bryan Martin, aka @sealionbryan, went viral when he took part in a dance trend on TikTok with a little assistance from a trained sea lion who lives at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park on Okaloosa Island.  The animal management director got the attention of country singer Walker Hayes’ when he and Ada performed a choreographed dance to the popular song “Fancy Like.”


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Baker resident and professional videographer Chris Davis went viral in poking a little fun at Crestview’s desperate need of a bypass. In a TikTok parody video, he replaced the lyrics to Sam Hunt’s country song “Body Like a Back Road” with complaints about traffic.

In it, he sings “Got a job on the south side/Eglin Air Force Base/First time I ever drove home/traffic put me in my place.”