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Top 5 Most Popular Young Singers Who Started out on Youtube

Updated on January 15, 2020
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The internet is now vastly known for being one of the biggest and easiest platforms for aspiring artists. YouTube, the largest and most popular video-sharing website is one great vessel for these aspirants. We are all aware of how this website helped create some of the biggest superstars of this generation, take Justin Bieber for example. Yes, if you haven't heard already, Bieber started out on Youtube, posting videos of his song covers and of him busking when he was still a kid. Now, he is one of the most popular young singers today. That's why this time, I'm listing 5 more most popular and most talented singers of today that started out the same way on YouTube and are now killing it in the international music scene.

Top 5 Most Popular Young Singers Who Started out In YouTube

  1. Shawn Mendes
  2. Alessia Cara
  3. Troye Sivan
  4. Dua Lipa
  5. Tori Kelly

Shawn Mendes (Photo credit: Peggy Sirota)
Shawn Mendes (Photo credit: Peggy Sirota) | Source

1. Shawn Mendes

Full Name: Shawn Peter Raul Mendes

Born: August 8, 1998

From: Pickering, Ontario, Canada

YouTube: Shawn Mendes (Joined January 18, 2011)

Subscribers: 16.9 Million

Shawn Mendes is one of the youngest and most successful male singers of today. It may seem that Shawn just came out of the blue and automatically stole the hearts of millions, but what some of us don't know is that he started out years before we saw him out and about performing on huge TV and awards shows. This amazing talented guy started out online sharing his song covers on YouTube and then began gaining attention when he shared six-second videos on an app called Vine.

His covers online made way for him to finally be discovered by artist manager Andrew Gertler and finally got signed to Island Records back in 2014. Since then, Shawn went on to make three albums to date: Handwritten (2015), Illuminate (2016) and Shawn Mendes (2018); and headlined three international concert tours and the fourth one already set in 2019 (Shawn Mendes: The Tour). With his God-given talent, Shawn continues to show us how a simple kid from Canada who loved to share his amazing voice online can become one of the biggest artists of his generation.

Alessia Cara - The Pains of Growing Album
Alessia Cara - The Pains of Growing Album | Source

2. Alessia Cara

Full Name: Alessia Caracciolo

Born: July 11, 1996

From: Brampton, Ontario, Canada

YouTube: Alessia Cara (Joined April 27, 2010)

Subscribers: 2.9 Million

Speaking of young talented kids, Alessia Cara was also undeniably blessed with a beautiful voice and even at a young age, she was able to share her gifts to the world. She started posting her song covers on YouTube at the age of 13. And these videos, which eventually gained millions of views, definitely took her to a new world of being an internationally sought-after artist today.

She was signed by EP Entertainment in 2014 and released her first single in 2015. She then went to make two albums to date: Know-It-All (2015), The Pains of Growing (2018); and toured internationally with huge amazing acts like Coldplay and Foxes, and performed alongside great musicians likeTroye Sivan, Logic, Khalid and Zedd. She's a beautiful talented human being with a big amazing heart. It was definitely not luck that made her dreams came true but her uniqueness, amazing skills and love for music.

Troye Sivan
Troye Sivan | Source

3. Troye Sivan

Full Name: Troye Sivan Mellet

Born: June 5, 1995

From: Perth, Western Australia

YouTube: Troye Sivan (Joined October 1, 2007)

Subscribers: 6.7 Million

If we were to talk about some of the most legit original YouTubers that successfully transitioned from singing covers online to creating a career on mainstream media, Troye Sivan is definitely one of the most promising. He started his YouTube channel in 2007, just two years after the site was created, posting his young angelic voice for everyone to hear when he was only 11 years old. He then started creating video blogs, commonly known as "Vlogs", in 2012. He became one of the biggest stars on the platform, collaborating and being friends with other huge YouTubers like Tyler Oakley, Zoella and Casper Lee.

In the peak of his YouTube career, Sivan was signed to EMI Australia in 2013 and released a five-song EP entitled TRXYE the year after, which debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in over 55 countries. His music career started to skyrocket. Today, Troye already has two studio albums: Blue Neighborhood (2015) and Bloom (2018). He also had four international tours and was able to perform alongside popular artists like Taylor Swift, Alessia Cara, and Ariana Grande.

His love for acting was also evident in his YouTube channel where you could notice some trailers of movies he was on when he was younger. Today, he has been a part of some of the biggest movies like X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and Boy Erased (2018), where he showed his acting prowess. Such a talented human being. I don't even know what he could not do at this point.

Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa

4. Dua Lipa

Full Name: Dua Lipa

Born: August 22, 1995

From: London, England / Kosovo

YouTube: Dua Lipa (Joined February 5, 2011)

Subscribers: 9.3 Million

With her uniquely soulful voice and super relatable lyrics, Dua Lipa is definitely one of the most loved breakout stars of the year. But not so many people know that even her started out singing covers on YouTube. She even shared this information in a documentary by The Faze about her musical journey called "See in Blue". She started sharing her videos on the platform when she was only 14 and moved back to London from Kosovo with dreams of becoming a singer while she attended school. She then started to work as a model when she was 16 and 17 before creating an album under Warner Music Group in 2015.

She released songs that reached the charts from different countries and started to become one of the fastest rising stars of her time. She now has released an album: Dua Lipa (2017); has headlined four tours, has opened for huge acts like Troye Sivan, Bruno Mars, and Coldplay and has performed on some of the biggest TV and music award shows. She definitely worked hard to be where she is at and deserves more success in the coming future.

Tori Kelly
Tori Kelly | Source

5. Tori Kelly

Full Name: Victoria Loren Kelly

Born: December 14, 1992

From: Wildomar, California, U.S.

YouTube: Tori Kelly (Joined April 25, 2006)

Subscribers: 2.5 Million

Tori Kelly is one of the artists today that worked really hard to reach their dreams. Tori was also one of YouTube's original creators who made her channel just a year after the site was made. She posted her covers when she was only 14 before she joined the popular singing competition "American Idol". After she got eliminated from the show, she continued creating content for her YouTube channel and became a well-known singer on the platform. Backed up with her powerful voice, her skills of writing beautiful songs and the avid followers of her channel, she continued to pursue making original music. She independently released her first EP called Handmade Songs by Tori Kelly. After a year, Scooter Braun (Justin Bieber's famous manager) discovered her through her videos online and got signed to Capitol Records.

Tori now has two studio albums: Unbreakable Smile (2015) and Hiding Place (2018) and performed on four international tours. She also had the opportunity to be a major part of the huge animated musical film "Sing" and was the voice of "Meena". No wonder she is one of the most respected YouTube singers that young aspiring artists starting out on YouTube are looking up to.

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