I still remember it to this day. The first cover I ever watched on YouTube was Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" by Christina Grimmie. Hours later, I found myself having watched nearly all of the videos on Grimmie's channel. You got that right — before she became a superstar on The Voice, Christina Grimmie was stunning people with a variety of covers and original music on YouTube.
The popular video platform has seen hundreds of success stories, including the famous faces you see on your screens everyday. What do Carly Rae Jepsen, Alessia Cara, #JustinBieber, and The Weeknd all have in common? Well, before they were pumping out hit songs they were making music on YouTube.
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So, who will be our next female star to blow up the music scene? Check out these insanely talented ladies listed below.
1. Sarah Close
I first heard the beautiful voice of Sarah Close when I found her cover of The Neighbourhood's "Sweater Weather." The London-based singer has claimed to have written over 300 original songs. This doesn't seem as much as a shock, since she writes and sings her own question-and-answer videos! It is evident that Sarah was born to be an artist. Her gorgeous sound will certainly make you a fan. Plus, she has an EP in the works.
2. Dodie Clark
I actually discovered Dodie Clark a.k.a. Dorothy a.k.a. Doddleoddle, while looking up a "short hair hairstyles" tutorial. Her incredibly charming British personality made me subscribe instantly. Then I saw that she sang too — even better! She covers a range of songs and puts out personal videos that are all incredibly relatable and insightful. Her voice is very calming and her writing is simple yet beautiful. Dodie manages to hit ever single emotion you have ever felt, with any one of her songs. She even released her first EP, "Intertwined" in 2016.
3. Hunnah Wondmeneh
Channel: Hunnah Wondmeneh
Hunnah Wondmeneh's soulful and passionate voice, caught my attention right away in her cover of "Earned It" by The Weeknd. The Ethiopian singer has been making music for as long as she can remember. Based in Canada, Hunnah's first official gig was singing "Amazing Grace" in fourth grade. Her dreams of being a songwriter are definitely in the cards. Get this girl a record deal already — she is simply amazing!
4. Alice Kristiansen
Channel: Alice Kristiansen
Iron & Wine's "Flightless Bird, American Mouth" has never sounded so angelic. Since seeing her cover, I have been in absolute awe of Alice Kristiansen. Born in England, Alice Kristiansen released her first single titled "Moon and Back" and another song titled "Twilight Blue" in 2016. She has plans for a full EP this year. Alice's stunning voice and talents deserve all the success and love in the world.
5. Holly Henry
Channel: Holly Henry
Rounding off our list, we have another alumnae from #TheVoice. Based in Minnesota, Holly Henry was a contestant on Season 5 but was unfortunately knocked out of the competition. Fortunately, being on the show exposed thousands to her unique and angelic voice. I discovered Holly through her hauntingly beautiful rendition of "House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals. I have been an avid Holly Henry fan since. Her first EP, The Immigrant was released in 2016 — followed up by her full album, "King Paten." More people need to experience this beauty's pure and ethereal voice.
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