singers who were discovered on YouTube

7 Singers Who Were Discovered On YouTube

There are many different famous singers on the internet today. Although, not everyone who uploads their videos to YouTube makes it big. In fact, around half of the millions of videos uploaded to the site get only 100 views in the first month. However, there are still people who make it big and rack up millions of views. Continue reading to learn more about some singers who were discovered on YouTube.

Singers Who Were Discovered On YouTube

Justin Bieber

Before he was the internet sensation that is today, Justin Bieber was a 12-year-old who uploaded his homemade performance videos to YouTube. Scooter Braun, a record executive stumbled upon a video of Justin singing in one of these videos. It wasn’t long after that Justin signed to a deal with Island Def Jam, an American record label group formed in 1998. He now has over 47 million subscribers on YouTube with many songs that have come out. Here is the video that got Justin Bieber his start towards fame.

Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen was popular in her native country of Canada before her fame in the United States. In fact, she finished third on Canadian Idol. It wasn’t until December of 2011 when Justin Bieber tweeted that her song Call Me Maybe “Is possibly the catchiest song I’ve ever heard.” That tweet led Justin’s manager Scooter Braun to YouTube where he watched the video and ultimately he signed her to a deal with Schoolboy Records. She now has almost 3 million subscribers on YouTube. Here is her hit song.

Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes started out by competing in singing contests on YouTube. He also was posting six-second Vine clips of him singing in his bedroom. One of these clips consisted of him singing Justin Bieber’s As Long as You Love Me. This Vine went viral almost overnight, and Mendes’s internet presence grew from there with him gaining many followers. He soon caught the attention of Island Records, who signed him back in 2014. Today he has over 24 million subscribers on YouTube. Here is one of his music contest entries.

Charlie Puth

Back in September of 2009, Charlie Puth started a YouTube channel named Charlies Vlogs where he posted comedy videos and acoustic covers for songs. In 2011 he won Perez Hilton’s Can You Sing? by performing a version of Adele’s Someone Like You along with Emily Luther. Later that year, Ellen DeGeneres signed the two of them to her label eleveneleven after viewing their performance. This lead him to the career that he has today with 15.8 million subscribers on YouTube. Here is the winning performance that landed him a record with Ellen.

5 Seconds of Summer

5 Seconds of Summer originally started their following on Facebook and Twitter. They were occasionally uploading covers of their favorite songs to YouTube which is what led them to their success. It was not until Louis Tomlinson, a member of the British boy band One Direction tweeted about them saying, “Been a fan of this band for a while, everyone gets behind them.” 5 Seconds of Summer then signed with Capitol Records in 2013. They then went on to create their own songs and currently have 6.5 million subscribers. Here is one of their covers from December of 2011.

Cody Simpson

The next pick of our singers who were discovered on YouTube is Cody Simpson. He started out by posting videos of himself covering songs by Justin Timberlake and other popular singers back in July of 2010. His work was discovered by Shawn Campbell, a music producer. In addition to singing, he has also appeared as a guest actor for several TV shows. He has almost 1 million subscribers on his YouTube channel. Here is one of his covers of  SeƱorita by Justin Timberlake.

Tori Kelly

Tori Kelley started her music career by trying out for American Idol. This, unfortunately, did not work out for her, however, she kept her head up and did her own thing. She started by making covers for songs in her bedroom. These videos caught the eye of Scooter Braun, the manager of Justin Bieber. She now has 2.7 million subscribers on YouTube. Here is her acoustic cover of Suit & Tie by Justin Timberlake


Even though only a small percent of people who upload videos to YouTube make it and go on to be the next big thing, there is no harm in trying for yourself. You can also use other social media platforms to help build yourself a following such as Instagram or Twitter. Who knows maybe you will make it big, or it could lead you to other ways to Make Money With Your Voice.

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