5 Popular Singers Who Started Out By Posting YouTube Covers

These five artists went from mere songs covers to chart-topping hits.
by Mylene Mendoza   |  Apr 13, 2020
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Welcome to 2020, where anyone with the right combination of authentic content and an interesting personality can muster a huge online following. Thanks to the internet, anyone can accomplish anything straight from home—which is a good thing given our quarantine situation.

What you may not know is that several of the famous artists we love today were once aspiring singers who posted song covers on video streaming platform YouTube. If you're a budding musician, taking that first step to put yourself out there might do wonders for your passion, just like these five popular artists who went from mere songs covers to chart-topping hits. 

Becky G

Becky G (real name: Rebecca Marie Gomez) rose to popularity for her 2014 song “Shower” and is also known for releasing songs purely in Spanish, like “Mayores” and “Sin Pijama.” She’s booked collaborations with artists like French Montana and BTS’ J-Hope. While Becky G had been doing acting stints as early as nine years old, a huge part of her music career had its beginnings in creating a YouTube channel where she regularly posted song covers.


Austin Mahone

Just like many artists today, 24-year-old American singer Austin Mahone started out by posting his covers of popular songs on YouTube. One notable cover was of Justin Bieber’s “Mistletoe” uploaded eight years ago. Now, Austin’s music leans towards pop, with tracks like “What About Love” whose beats will get you dancing and bopping.

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Conan Gray

Conan Gray, 21, is a relatively fresh face in the music industry, although his popularity is quickly increasing among the younger generations and even among top artists like Taylor Swift and BTS’ V. 

Conan is a fan of Lana del Rey and often uploads aesthetically pleasing covers of her songs on YouTube, and the same dreamy vocals and tune reflect in his personal music style. He recently came out with his debut studio album Kid Krow and was set to go on tour in late April.


Justin Bieber

Arguably one of this generation’s biggest music artists, Justin Bieber actually got discovered by manager Scooter Braun (who also manages power vocalists like Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato) through his self-made singing videos on YouTube way back in 2007. 


His music style has changed since his breakout tracks “One Time” and “Baby.” He took a temporary hiatus from the music industry before coming back with his fifth studio album “Changes” in 2020.

Alessia Cara

Canadian singer Alessia Cara has been posting song covers on YouTube since the age of 13. She’s a huge fan of Amy Winehouse and has a few covers of her songs still up on her official YouTube Channel. Her own music draws influence from her music preferences, leaning towards R&B and a bit of pop—a perfect match for her raspy and soulful vocals.


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