Youtube has become a platform for ordinary people to express themselves and showcase their talents. Anyone with an internet connection, a camera, and a good, rock-solid talent can show the world what they’ve got without spending money or having the right ‘connections’. That is the very basis of its slogan “broadcast yourself”.
At this point, we should address a basic question. We still need CD’s, DVD’s, audio cassette tapes, or custom vinyl records? It is a shortcut to stardom. In its five years of existence, it has launched many careers from around the globe. I scoured Youtube and the net for my top 7 list of musicians discovered thru Youtube.
Everyone knows Justin Bieber is the biggest musical discovery to come from YouTube so far. His Baby video is the 3rd most viewed video of all time, with over an astounding 170 million views. It all started in 2007 when his mother began posting videos on YouTube so that his family and friends who could not attend his performances could see him sing. He was discovered by his future manager, Scooter Braun. Braun collaborated with Usher and soon Bieber signed a record deal with Island. This video was shot before he was famous.
She has been singing since she was four and has been joining singing contests in the Philippines but she remained unnoticed until an avid fan posted her jaw-dropping performances on YouTube. Suddenly, this Little Girl with the Big Voice burst through the computer and into the hearts of millions of people across the globe racking up several million views online. Thanks to David Foster’s recommendation, Charice was invited to perform on Oprah. Oprah was so mesmerized by Charice’s performance that she personally met with Charice to pledge her support for Charice’s career.
Oprah christened Charice The Most Talented Girl In The World and The Little Girl With The Big Voice. Her latest album made it to Billboard’s top 10.
3. Esmee Denters
Such a solid and powerful voice! Denters is a Dutch singer-songwriter who began singing cover versions of popular songs on YouTube back in 2006. She attracted the attention of Justin Timberlake in 2008, who later went on to sign her to his label Tennman Records. In 2009 she released her debut studio album “Outta Here”.
4. PS22 Chorus
This group of 5th graders at PS22(with Gregg Breinberg as their music teacher) sings in a chorus at school in Staten Island, New York. They usually do covers that are so disarming that it’s difficult not to shed a tear or two while listening to their performances. They’ve received several million views on YouTube and have drawn attention from media and musicians alike through their postings on YouTube. This emotional video is an acoustic cover of Landslide by Fleetwood Mac.
Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac reportedly cried listening to this video of “Landslide” and invited the students to her concert. Check out their blog to know more about these cute little fellas.sniff.
5. Marie Digby
This pretty girl certainly has a lot more to offer than looks. Marie Digby is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist is first known for her acoustic cover version of Rihanna’s Umbrella which attracted attention on Youtube in 2007. The song was later played on the radio stations, was featured on the highly rated third season opening episode of MTV The Hills. Since then, Digby has released 3 albums and it looks like there’s no stopping her rise as an artist.
6. Terra Naomi
Her first video, “ Say It’s Possible filmed in Terra’s Hollywood apartment, recorded on a Sony Handycam, was featured on YouTube in June 2006, causing an instant explosion of interest. “Say It’s Possible,” has inspired adoring fans to post hundreds of personal “YouTube covers” in a wide range of styles.
7. Greyson Chance
This cute 12-year-old is the latest YouTube Discovery. Ellen Degeneres spotted Greyson after he posted a video on YouTube of himself playing the piano and singing Lady Gaga’s hit song “Paparazzi” at a sixth grade music festival last April 28,2010. In just a month’s time, he has appeared in Ellen’s show thrice and the talk show host announced that she’s starting a Record Label with Chance as her first artist.
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