Destin singer-songwriter Skylar Capri goes viral on TikTok with 'Sway' wall

Savannah Evanoff
Northwest Florida Daily News

DESTIN — Skylar Capri is a DIY kind of girl.

When the Destin singer-songwriter walked out of The Home Depot with 2,500 free paint chip samples, she knew she had a cool do-it-yourself project; she didn’t know it would make her go viral. Capri and her friends spent six hours taping paint chips to the wall to create a backdrop for the music video to her pop song “Sway,” which dropped Sept. 18, 2020.

Capri posted a 15-second TikTok video of this endeavor May 5 that now has 2.9 million views and growing.

“I feel like it's a dream because it was so out of the blue — the virality of the video, first of all, and then seeing People (Magazine) cover it, but not only just cover the TikTok, but actually talk about my whole musical journey. That, to me, was by far the biggest dream scenario.

Destin musician Skylar Capri dropped the music video for her single, “Sway,” on Sept. 18. It was filmed by Keno Manuel and directed by them both.

“Very short clip and very crazy experience.”

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Capri decided to make the TikTok video now because of an audio clip trending on TikTok that morning. The clip was from the Noisettes’ song “Never Forget You.”

“I was trying to think about who in my life I would never forget that would be funny and viral,” Capri said. “In my head I thought, ‘The paint chip guy from Home Depot would be funny.’ ”

His name is Jeff.

Ten minutes after posting it, her video had 10,000 views. The number keeps growing.

She later made a sequel to the TikTok video, sharing Jeff’s reaction to her viral video.

“How cute. Congratulations to you,” Jeff said, smiling underneath his mask as he watched the video.

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People Magazine requested an interview with Capri a week ago via Instagram direct message.

“To be honest, I totally thought it was a scam because it was just so random,” Capri said. “I was like, ‘Do you mean the People Magazine?’ ”

The crew for Destin singer-songwriter Skylar Capri’s music video for “Sway” includes Ashton Stuart, Liz Piazza and Emma Savoie; actors Brandon Beauchamp and Blake Johnson; freestyle dancers Kristian Colon, Alaysia Doctor, Emilio Ferrari, Giselle Guilles, Stephon Jackson, AJ Pruitt and Zoie (ZoZizzle); extras Kobe Babin, Alex Bart Creswell, Ricky Kozak and Giacomo Sabatino. The video was filmed at Mary’s Kitchen in Destin.

When she confirmed the magazine’s identity, she wanted the writer to understand what the “Sway wall,” as she calls it, meant to her.

“I said, ‘I'm so blown away. This ‘Sway’ wall is a much bigger story than you probably think it is,’” Capri said. “I talked about my journey as an independent artist and creative directing and set designing all my own stuff, and how the ‘Sway’ wall in particular was the birth of that for me.”

Capri released an equally elaborate music video for her song “Wax Lips” in January.

She collaborated on both music videos with her close friend and professional videographer Keno Manuel. The “Sway” music video starts with Capri at Mary’s Kitchen in Destin and in various scenes dancing and playing games at a sleepover with friends and local dancers she cast.

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.

“The whole intention of the shoot was for it to be very pastel, pink, fun, bubbly — kind of a vintage aesthetic,” Capri said in a previous interview with the Daily News.

The feature in People Magazine earned her some new fans.

“Views went up and there were definitely some more people who were messaging me on Instagram like, ‘Oh my God, we found your music,’ ” Capri said. “My favorite part as far as reaction goes was probably seeing how much support I have. So many people were messaging me just saying how proud they are that I've stuck with the journey and I'm continuing to chase after my dreams.”