Singer Eli Lieb's cover of Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball has racked up more than half-a-million views on YouTube in two days.

“I think Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus is one of the more beautiful songs to come out in quite a while,” Lieb wrote in the video's description. “It has so much emotion in it that I wanted to try a really stripped down version.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

In an interview with gay male entertainment blog, Lieb, whose previous video Young Love featured himself opposite another equally handsome young man, said that he's unwilling to work as a closeted artist.

“I feel really happy with being able to help people in the gay community who might be struggling with stuff, and I know that being as open as I am, it would help people who might be struggling,” Lieb said. “That definitely had an influence on me when I was younger. I have no interest in playing into the idea that you have to hide your sexuality for your career. If there's anyone around me who says that, I'm not going to work with them. The way to make real change is not to play into that fear. I'm happy to represent the gay community in that way.”

(Related: Eli Lieb: Young Love and Steve Grand's All American Boy are different stories.)