Long before Justin Bieber was dodging punches from actors in Ibiza, he was a Canadian kid showcasing his talent through YouTube videos. However, he wasn’t the only youngster using the video site to cover popular songs and display some serious music skills.
Maria Aragon’s rendition of “Born This Way” eventually led to a duet with Lady Gaga, while a teen channeled Michael Jackson during his school’s talent show. Who are the other musically gifted kids who’ve wowed us via YouTube?
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Frozen’s “Let It Go” is clearly one of the year’s biggest songs. While other kids may have taken to YouTube and used the song to show off their vocals, Andrew Foy went a different route. Watch as he hits us with an acoustic version of the track.
There are few music teachers who’d let their students cover Tool’s “Forty Six & 2.” However, Aaron O’Keefe made a splash last year after posting his pupils rocking out to the song.
Kids aren’t just setting up cameras in their homes to get noticed. There are also children starring in slick productions made especially for digital audiences. Watch this amazing rendition of Adele’s “Skyfall” by Mariangeli Collado, a star of the series HitStreak.
This kid covered Lorde’s “Royals” while simply being recorded on a smartphone. Needless to say, he totally gave the New Zealand star a run for her money!
Maria Aragon won over Lady Gaga, along with countless others, when she covered the star’s hit, “Born This Way.” Just like her idol, Aragon had both the vocal and instrumental chops to take us by storm. She even ended up performing live with Gaga during the singer’s tour!
Chloe and Halle Bailey used their powerful harmonies for an amazing cover of Beyoncé’s “Best Thing I Never Had.” There’s no doubt these sisters are poised for stardom.
Eleven-year-old YouTube star MattyB has crafted a niche for himself, offering a pint-sized swagger to his popular covers. Watch as he takes on Justin Bieber’s early hit, “Boyfriend.”
Twelve-year-old Samantha Potter took on John Legend’s “All Of Me,” adding a slightly different style to the R&B crooner’s hit. We would love it if he tapped the young up-and-comer for a duet!
Though the performance wasn’t directly made for YouTube, Brett Nichols gained fame through the site after his talent show performance went viral. The teen emulated Michael Jackson’s dance moves from the “Billie Jean” video and won tons of fans in the process. Check the clip around the 1:10 mark.
What’s the easiest way to make Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” even more of a feel-good song? How about having an elementary school choir cover it? Kids at the Detroit Academy Of Arts And Sciences hit some crazy harmonies when singing the song during a school performance.