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Birth nameJudith de los Santos
GenresPop Rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, composer
InstrumentsGuitar, Piano, Percussion
Years active2006-present

Malukah is the pseudonym of Judith de los Santos, a Mexican composer and singer/songwriter known for her cover versions of music from video games or TV series and movies, which she publishes on YouTube. She became known to an international audience when a video of her cover of the song The Dragonborn Comes from the game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim became a viral video in November 2011.[1] Since then she has contributed to several video game soundtracks and composed original music.


Early career & education[edit]

Being a gamer since childhood, Judith de los Santos grew up with gaming related music. She started writing songs and singing at the age of 15, later studied at the Berklee College of Music and graduated with a dual major in Music Production & Engineering and Film Scoring with her debut album All of the Above in 2006.[2]

YouTube & video games[edit]

In 2011, her cover version of The Dragonborn Comes went viral. The video was reposted on the IGN YouTube channel, where it became the 11th most viewed 'branded' video on the web in December 2011 with 1,753,063 views during the month.[1] The original video on her own channel has over 23 million views, while the version on IGN's channel has over 17 million views by October 2019.[3][4] This and other popular videos, including a song set to music from the Mass Effect game series,[5] helped her to obtain work in the video game industry.

Personal information
EducationBerklee College of Music
YouTube information
Years active2011-present
GenreFantasy Folk Rock (covers, medleys, originals)
(October 27, 2019)
Total views101,896,064
(October 27, 2019)

She was commissioned to provide vocals for songs in the 2012 game Call of Duty: Black Ops II,[4] the The Banner Saga franchise (collaborating with Taylor Davis)[6] and in 2014 she composed and sang the bard songs [7] as well as the credits song for Elder Scrolls Online.[8][9] She was invited to be a part of an upcoming symphony project by video game composer Jeremy Soule, The Northerner.[10] She provided vocals for music in the short film The Forge, collaborating with Austin Wintory and Tina Guo.[11] She worked with Peter Hollens on a cover version of the Civilization IV Theme (originally composed by Christopher Tin) Baba Yetu.[12][13] Her vocals were featured in the song Outside the Realm in the second season Stranger Things soundtrack.[14] The song was originally composed by Big Giant Circles for the video game There Came an Echo and was reused as thematic music for this purpose. She also collaborated with Miracle of Sound on his popular song Legends of the Frost based on the video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. She is featured on the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 soundtrack and her song Dead Flowers can be accessed in-game. She contributed to the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Moss soundtrack.[15][16]

Live performances & streaming[edit]

Malukahs live performances include: Performing the Halo tribute song Frozen Sleep at the Halo Global Championships 2013 at PAX Prime[4], performing video game music at SXSW[17] & The Game Awards and being a guest performer at the Video Games Live E3 concert 2014.[18] She was invited to sing at The Elder Scrolls Online tavern community event during Gamescom 2018 in Germany.[19] In 2019, she performed at the Argentina Game Show.[20]

She is a partnered Twitch streamer, regularly streaming music and games since 2016.


  • All of the Above (self-published album, 2006)[21]
  • Reignite (Headhunterz ft. Malukah, 2012)
  • Bleed Forever (Sonic Mayhem ft. Malukah, 2015)
  • The Dragonborn Comes (2017)
  • I Follow the Moon (2019)

Video game soundtrack contributions[edit]

TV soundtrack contributions[edit]

  • The Forge (short film, feat. vocals)
  • Outside the Realm (feat. vocals), Stranger Things (Season 2, episodes 02 and 07)


  • Winner of the 10th Unisong International Song Contest 2005 (Everything)[27]
  • Two wins in the Rock category at the 16th LA Music Awards as female singer/songwriter of the year (Everything) & female vocalist of the year (I can't make it rain), and another nomination in Rock category for best album (All of the Above) in 2006.[28]


  • Malukah is known to sing in different and fantasy languages. For parts of her cover versions from The Elder Scrolls franchise, she sang in dragon language. For her cover version of Priscilla's song from the game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, she sang one verse in Polish as a tribute to the country, where The Witcher franchise has originated.[29][30] For The Banner Saga soundtrack she sang in Icelandic.[31] For the Civilization IV theme Baba Yetu she sang in Swahili.[32]
  • Her bard songs can be listened to in-game performed by several bard NPCs in The Elder Scrolls Online.
  • A NPC with the name of Malukah Lightsong was introduced with the Patch 6.2.0 in the video game World of Warcraft.[33]
  • She wrote a self-published short novel called The stolen pendant.


  1. ^ a b "Most Viewed Top Branded Videos Dec 11". Ebuzzing. Ebuzzing. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  2. ^ "YouTube Skyrim cover phenom Malukah on epic music and playing WoW". Engadget. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  3. ^ "The Dragonborn Comes - Skyrim Bard Song and Main Theme Female Cover by Malukah". YouTube. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "From 'Dragon Age' to 'Skyrim,' singer gives new life to video game music". The Daily Dot. 2013-12-26. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  5. ^ Kenreck, Todd (27 April 2012). "'Mass Effect' gets haunting new tribute song". NBC News. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Malukah Medley Pays Tribute to The Banner Saga". The Escapist Magazine. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Creating ESO: Music". The Elder Scrolls Online. February 26, 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  8. ^ Pitcher, Jenna (2013-04-24). "ZeniMax worked with Malukah to create The Elder Scrolls Online-inspired song". Polygon. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  9. ^ "'Skyrim' cover artist writes new song for 'The Elder Scrolls Online'". NBC News. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  10. ^ "Update 22: Notation of the Symphony · From the Composer of Skyrim - Soule Symphony No. 1". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  11. ^ "For Anybody Hurting". Mashable. 19 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  12. ^ "So THAT'S What They're Saying In Civ IV's Intro". Kotaku. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  13. ^ "YouTube Musicians Peter Hollens and Malukah Release Cover Version of Civ IV's Baba Yetu | The Escapist". Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  14. ^ Wood, Austin (2017-11-01). "Stranger Things season two features a song from this voice-controlled indie strategy game". PC Gamer. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  15. ^ Vincent, Brittany; Vincent, Brittany (2018-12-06). "'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' Official Soundtrack Includes Jazz, Children's Choir". Variety. Retrieved 2019-10-30.
  16. ^ a b Remington, Kate. "Jason Graves' Mouse-Sized Music For Moss". Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  17. ^ Corriea, Alexa Ray (2013-02-11). "The Elder Scrolls Online food truck tour to stop at 11 major events and universities this year". Polygon. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  18. ^ "Video Games live". Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  19. ^ "ESO-TAVERNE: Das Team von ELDER SCROLLS möchte euch in Köln treffen". The Elder Scrolls Online. July 25, 2018. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  20. ^ "Malukah presentará un show acústico de videojuegos - Novedades - Argentina Game Show Coca-Cola For Me 2019". Malukah presentará un show acústico de videojuegos - Novedades - Argentina Game Show Coca-Cola For Me 2019. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  21. ^ "Berklee Today - Berklee College of Music". Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  22. ^ "News - Your Next DLC is". Co-Optimus. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  23. ^ "Far Cry Primal - Malukah". Malukah. 2016-02-27. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  24. ^ "'Lone Echo' Composer Jason Graves on Scoring VR Games and Exploring the Relationship Between Humans and Technology". Sound & Picture. 2017-10-25. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  25. ^ "Stoic Releases a New Video About Banner Saga 3's Soundtrack". Bleeding Cool News And Rumors. 2018-07-22. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  26. ^ "Black Ops 4 Voyage of Despair Music Easter Egg - Medusa Coin Locations". GameRevolution. 2018-10-15. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  27. ^ Unisong Grand Prize Winner Judith de los Santos trip, retrieved 2019-10-28
  28. ^ "LA Music presents the 16th annual LA Music Awards" (PDF). Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  29. ^ "The Wolven Storm (Priscilla's Song) - The Witcher 3 Cover". Malukah. 2015-12-28. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  30. ^ "Wiedźmin 3: Dziki Gon – Posłuchajcie "Wilczej zamieci" w aranżacji Malukah". (in Polish). 2015-12-31. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  31. ^ "Vocals for The Banner Saga". Malukah. 2014-01-15. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  32. ^ "So THAT'S What They're Saying In Civ IV's Intro". Kotaku. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  33. ^ "Malukah Lightsong". Wowpedia. Retrieved 2019-10-30.

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