Top Ten Recording Artists Who Started on YouTube

Remember when music was about getting record contracts? Well it still is, but not in the same way as before. These days, anyone with a web cam and a little bit of skill can create their own YouTube channel, and then the public gets to decide directly who is worthy of attention and who isn't. This, in turn, gets the attention of record execs, who still have the Money and power to turn internet stars into international sensations. Here are ten artists who got their start with YouTube videos.

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1Jackie EvanchoJacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho is an American classical crossover singer who gained wide recognition at an early age and, since 2009, has issued an EP and five albums, including a platinum and gold album and three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts .

YouTube videos of Jackie have proliferated continuously since she first won the YouTube competition on AGT 4 years ago. definitely a YouTube star, and shining more brightly with each passing day. - BobG

Jackie started out at age 8 with her own channel called "Just a Little Girl on YouTube".
Because of that channel, she was voted onto the "America's Got Talent" special YouTube show, where she stunned all of America.
She subsequently broke Michael Jackson's record as the youngest artist in US chart history to have a top 2 and Platinum CD, and to date has 3 Top 10 CD's, and has had her own PBS "Great Performances" T.V. Special TWICE.

2Justin BieberJustin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, song writer, and record producer. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada (despite once claimed that he was Part-Indian) and he's Christian. He's the son of an author, Pattie Mallet. ...read more.V2 Comments
3Megan NicoleMegan Nicole Flores, simply known as Megan Nicole, is an American singer-songwriter and actress and model who debuted on YouTube in 2009.

"Summer Forever" was my go-to song last summer. I think Megan Nicole is the best thing I have heard in music since Taylor Swift.

She's the gem in our music industry. She has lovely personality and entirely perfect

She's the great singer who started her dream on YouTube

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4ChariceCharmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco, popularly known by the mononym Charice, is a Filipina singer who rose to popularity through YouTube.

Philippine singer Charice Pempengco had some minor success as a child singer, but that exploded into international success when Ellen Degeneres discovered her YouTube channel and featured her on the Ellen show. That exposure led to a recording career for Pempengco, as well as a gig judging other hopefuls on the Philippine version of the show X-Factor.

Pyramid, argh I love that song! You must hear voice on a whole new world!

5Esmee Denters

This girl was doing R&B karaoke on her YouTube channel when Justin Timberlake noticed her, and now she has released his own album on his label. She has also toured with some big names like Enrique Iglesias.

6Greyson Chance

Greyson Chance is the most amazing artist ever. He takes his music into a whole new level. With his passion and dedication for music, he'll be able to do anything and expand his fandom ever more.

Part Justin Bieber and part Lady Gaga, Greyson Chance is at the forefront of the next generation of YouTube sensations who have been turned into pop stars. Ryan Seacrest featured Chance's video on his website, and on the strength of the video's popularity he got a record contract with eleveneleven.

7Soulja BoyDeAndre Cortez Way, known professionally as Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, or simply Soulja Boy, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur.

Soulja Boy's music is even older than YouTube, tracing his internet music roots back to MySpace. He was one of the early YouTube success stories, and his first single was a worldwide hit.

8Dondria

Dondria is a YouTube veteren, starting her channel way back in 2006. Initially she was not looking for a recording contract, just some feedback on her voice, but the feedback was so good that she ended up with a record contract on the So So definitely label.

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10Christina GrimmieChristina Victoria Grimmie (March 12th 1994 - June 11th 2016), known on YouTube as zeldaxlove64, was an American singer-songwriter known for participating in The Voice and for her covers of hit songs by contemporary pop musicians. She was shot dead during a meet-and-greet in Orlando, Florida, by fan ...read more.

Finalist on the voice, two ep albums, signed to island records, etc.

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The Contenders

11Lindsey Stirling
125 Seconds of Summer5 Seconds of Summer are an Australian pop-rock band from Sydney that formed in 2011. The group were originally YouTube celebrities, posting videos of themselves covering songs from various artists during 2011 and early 2012. They rose to international fame while touring with One Direction on the Take ...read more.

They are much better than 1d they are the best band alive, down to Earth, they are just perfect

They should definitely be number 1 because they started off from YouTube when they were 14/15. Who even is Megan nicole?

Their my favorite band. They've been my joy for a long time now. Incredible band with true talent

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13Ysabella Brave

The girl with an unusual name and an even more unusual voice, Ysabella Brave now has a contract with the Cordless label, after her unique YouTube performances helped gain her some much-deserved attention from viewers.

14Andy McKee

Even if you think most YouTube sensations are based on hype, you can't deny that guitarist Andy McKee has some serious talent. He's now on tour and has released a new album.

15Conar Maynard
16Julia Nunes

Opening for Ben Folds is probably a common dream for most aspiring independent artists, and Julia Nunes has done just that. She has also released three albums on her own, comprising both original songs and some well-chosen covers.

17Alex Day
18Rucka Rucka Ali
19MattyBRaps
20George Watsky

He speaks the truth, and is one of the fastest rappers to date.

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