Top Ten Recording Artists Who Started on YouTubeRemember 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.
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.
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.
He build his dream
"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 is so talented and awesome!
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!
Great great great voice
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.
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.
Finalist on the voice, two ep albums, signed to island records, etc.
The best on this list
She's gone so far!
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.
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.
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.
Best violinist ever! Mixing a classical instrument with electronic music is absolutely amazing! She is constantly releasing new songs and has done a number of pieces of work like stuff for video games, other musicians and more! Definitely the best musician out there by far!
They should definitely be number 1 because they started off from YouTube when they were 14/15. Who even is Megan nicole?
They are amazing, play instruments, write their own songs, and went on tour with 1D. They deserve to be #1.
Their my favorite band. They've been my joy for a long time now. Incredible band with true talent
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.
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.
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.
He speaks the truth, and is one of the fastest rappers to date.
This girl owns what she's got! # totally NBT material. Sure some of her cover videos were made with the help of 'JAM', but this girl brings it to a whole new level. To have worked through a financial crisis which led to her family moving into her grandparents garage to musical collabs with J-Lo and will.I.am, this singer, rapper, songwriter may not be really famous now, but trust me, she's going places.
Most YouTube stars get famous because they tried to, but in Chantelle Redman's case, she wasn't even aware she was being filmed. Her dad secretly recorded one of her karaoke performances and uploaded it to YouTube, which eventually landed her a record contract and tens of thousands of subscribers.
These guys are great