Norwegian metal musician Leo Moracchioli, who records hard rock videos of pop songs under the name Leo, is a former preschool teaching assistant who played guitar and sang for students.
∙ He broke through in 2015 with an aggressive, hard rock cover of Adele’s “Hello,” which now has more than 60 million views.
∙ Leo’s covers, on which he plays every instrument and writes all-new arrangements, have drawn praise from their originators, including Bryan Adams (“Summer of ’69”).
∙ His 2017 metal cover of Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito,” which featured him singing in Spanish, was a Top 40 single in Hungary.
∙ Drowning Pool guitarist C.J. Pierce made a guest appearance on Leo’s 2019 cover of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
∙ The success of his online videos led him to form his own metal band, Frog Leap, which occasionally performs live, notably at the 2019 Wacken Open Air Festival.