We have one thing to learn from Justin Bieber’s biography: put your videos (the sensible ones) on YouTube, because you have no idea who might accidentally discover your talent, as this was what happened with Justin. Read on to know more about this singer.
Justin Drew Bieber was born on March 1, 1994 in Stratford, Ontario. He did his schooling from Downie Central Public School and Avon Public School. His parents were very young when he was born. His mother, Pattie Mallette, was just 18 years old and raised him as a single mother. Justin’s father is Jeremy Bieber. Since the age of 2, Justin tried his hand at various musical instruments such as the piano, drums, the trumpet, and the guitar.
He was also a very good dancer as well as a sports person, and loved to play hockey, basketball, and enjoyed skateboarding. When he was 12 years old, he sang the song So Sick by Ne-Yo at a singing competition and got the second prize. His mother used to record all his video programs and post it on YouTube. Many people watches these videos and they loved it. Who knew that these videos that were put up for fun would be the same ones that would change Justin’s whole life.
Beginning of Career
One day, the former marketing executive of So So Def, Scooter Braun, was going through various websites looking for a singer who would be different. That was when he accidentally clicked on one of the videos of Justin of YouTube. He saw his performance and heard his singing, and it goes without saying that he got his different singer. He traced Justin’s house, contacted his family, and asked to be his manager and take him to Atlanta.
Justin was only 13 years old that time. With his parents’ permission, Justin went to Atlanta and did his first big performance U got it bad, which was by the famous songwriter Usher Raymond. He was then signed to Raymond Braun Media Group, which was a joint venture between Usher and Braun. Even Justin Timberlake wanted to sign him in, but Usher won. In 2008, Usher signed Justin to Island Records and after that, there was no looking back for him and his mother.
The first major performance of Justin that was released was One Time. It became an instant hit and went on to reach the 12th place in Canadian Hot 100 List in its first week itself. Towards the end of 2009, this song reached the 17th position on the Billboard Hot 100 and soon became famous worldwide. Now not only Canada and United States, but the whole world knew Justin Bieber. USA and Canada certified the song in platinum, while New Zealand and Australia did the same in gold.
By November 2009, three of Justin’s singles, along with his first album My World, was released. The singles were Love Me, Favorite Girl and One Less Lonely Girl. These all became instant hits worldwide, and Justin became the teen heartthrob for girls. In USA and Canada, My World was certified in platinum, and UK certified it in silver.
He also performed in some of the TV live shows such as The Dome, The Next Star, The Wendy William Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and several other programs. He also had to do a guest performance in one episode of True Jackson, VP in the year 2009. Besides this, he also performed for Christmas 2009 at the White House for President Obama and the First Lady Michelle, where he sang Stevie Wonder’s song, Someday at Christmas.
He was there as a presenter at the 52nd Grammy Awards, and was even asked to be a vocalist when the song We Are the World was being given some fresh touches for its 25th anniversary as well as for the benefit of all the people affected by the Haiti earthquake. During the FIFA World Cup 2010, people heard him singing the closing lines of K’naan’s Wavin Flag’s closing lines.
Justin started his world tour to promote My World and My World 2.0 on 23rd June, 2010, which ended in December 2010. July 2010, Lady Ga Ga’s Bad Romance was surpassed by Justin’s song Baby and it became the most-viewed video ever. All this while Justin’s mentors such as Usher, his mother, his bodyguard Kenny, and several of his well wishers took care that all this fame did not get into his head and also helped him to maintain his public image. A good public image is important for being at the top, and Usher even asked his former assistant, Ryan Good, to be Justin’s stylist and road manager.
British singer and songwriter Taio Cruz is also writing a song for Justin’s next album. Besides this, he will also be a guest star in the crime drama series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He will also be starring in a 3-D movie about himself. Recently, this teenage heartthrob has got a new tattoo done. It’s on his hip and it’s a coin-sized tattoo of a small bird just about to fly off.
I am sure this will be of a great help to you girls who are all crazy about him and his songs, and also for you guys who want to sing like him. He is a great inspiration for all those young singers who are out there, waiting to be discovered accidentally.