The Internet at the Speed of Thought

Another Cop Is Going Viral but Not for the Reason You Think

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An Officer and an Angel

A police officer from Richmond, Virginia is starting to get his fair share of fame on the internet, but it has nothing to do with him being a cop.

Mervin Mayo’s videos are an interesting sight: an imposing man in his police uniform, sitting at the keyboard in the music room of a school, surrounded by brightly colored banners of the solfège and motivational posters. It’s a bizarre image indeed, and then he starts to sing.

Suddenly, officer Mayo’s voice transports you away from the little classroom, away from your phone or computer and into some distant, soulful place where the only thing you hear is his singing.

Though the local police force and surely Mervin’s family have known about his immense talent for some time (his YouTube videos are all from the past three years), a recent video on the policeman’s Facebook is what’s launched him into trending news this week.

What an instrument this guy has! Although he’s only posted a few recordings, each song is better than the last. You have to wonder why we haven’t seen this guy on American Idol or The X Factor.

Apparently he has recorded some of his own music, which is available on Amazon, but we need someone to sign this guy now! Listen to a few of his videos below and prepare to get the chills!

We love seeing that Mayo performs for his fellow officers as well as purely for the sake of sharing his gift with the world. His soulful style is contagious! He writes on his Facebook, “I can not help but to revert back to my gospel style no matter what the song is, because gospel music is in my heart.” Amen to that! It’s so inspiring to find police officers that are pillars of the community both while on and off duty, especially in the face of today’s overwhelmingly negative media coverage.

If you think this is music worth listening to, SHARE it! More videos after the jump, including some Whitney Houston!

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