This story has been updated to include the new "SEC Bound" video released on YouTube Wednesday.
COLUMBIA — The MU students behind "We Are Mizzou," a music video that went viral in early 2012, didn't anticipate the positive effect it would have on some of its viewers.
Senior Andrew Carter, 21, said after the video was released, he heard from a woman who had recently lost her husband. She said the video was a source of cheer for her children, who sang "We Are Mizzou" all over the house. At her children's request, the woman asked if Carter and his fellow video stars, junior Tanner Brandell, 21, and junior Matt Roberts, 20, could send "We Are Mizzou" T-shirts for the children to wear.
The three men didn't have material for T-shirts, but they reached out to the children through Facebook and they are now all Facebook friends.
"That's something that I wouldn't have expected to come out of it," Carter said.
Carter, Brandell and Roberts have made a second video dedicated to MU called "SEC Bound." The video was released Wednesday on YouTube. The song will be available for purchase on iTunes and is free to listen to on Spotify.
"SEC Bound" makes some changes from "We Are Mizzou." The song focuses on football instead of basketball, and the genre of music is country, not rap.
"They're complete opposites," Carter said.
Carter said the group made a country song to make clear the videos are not meant to be taken seriously.
"The first video was so controversial because people couldn't decide if we were serious or not," he said.
Controversy did surround the first video, which got a fair share of negative and positive feedback from viewers, eventually accumulating 655,076 views on YouTube as of Tuesday evening. Carter said the negative reactions didn't bother him much.
"Any conversation created about sports is fun stuff," he said.
Carter and Brandell agreed that the reactions to the second video will also be diverse.
"It's hard to tell because the new one is completely different," Brandell said.
In addition to the switches to football and country music, "SEC Bound" changes locations from "We Are Mizzou," which was shot at MU. The new video was shot on the farms of family friends in southern Missouri.
Although "We Are Mizzou" made Carter and Brandell viral celebrities, they said they live the lives of average students.
"I still get my sleep at night," Brandell said.
Carter and Brandell said they do not plan to make another video.
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