Youtube is a brilliant way for artists to put their work out there and be discovered. Unheard of singers and musicians that began on youtube are now chart-topping megastars. However, many people prefer to remain independent on youtube and their creativity for their music attracts people in the millions. Here is a list of some of the most creative youtube musicians.
Hollens’s channel is dedicated to all things acapella, whether it be a solo performance or collaborating with other musicians and singers, including another on this list, Whitney Avalon. He has grown in popularity over the years due to his vocal covers of mainstream topics. These include the A Game of Thrones opening theme, Disney medleys, villain medleys, and music from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. He has also done multiple musical medleys that lead to large project collaborations with other YouTubers. The musicals include Wicked and The Greatest Showman to name a couple.
A skilled violinist, Stirling began her career on youtube in 2007, uploading videos of herself playing the violin for crowds of people. As her popularity grew, she began to upload more polished music videos of her original compositions. She went on to appear on America’s Got Talent, where she was a quarter-finalist, impressing the judges with her non-traditional forms of playing, choosing to perform pop and hip-hop on her violin rather than the more expected classical music.
Jon Cozart – Paint
Perhaps best known for his popular After Ever After series, in which he sings about the fates of Disney characters after their respective movies have ended, Cozart’s uploads are generally few and far between but his loyal subscribers boost the views of his videos into the millions. His other videos include song covers that are remixed by him, or his Political Rap Battle series where he parodies senators in office, most notably Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton. During his “Politiclash” videos, he doesn’t openly support one side, instead of pointing out the flaws of each party and, in the case of the 2016 elections, their presidential candidates.
Kurt Hugo Scheider
Scheider frequently collaborates with other youtube artists, providing the music for covers and original songs. His most common collaboration is with artist Sam Tsui, with whom he attended school. Creating many viral videos, his music has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Ellen DeGeneres Show as well as Britney Spears’ official website featuring his rendition of “Hold It Against Me”. He has also collaborated with Coca-Cola, producing his own versions of Calvin Harris’s “Feel So Close” and Of Monsters and Men’s “Little Talks” for a campaign called “The Sounds of AHH”.
The Piano Guys
Starting as a means to draw attention to a music store of the same name, The Piano Guys is a group consisting of four members, all of whom were once average family men with other jobs. After the unexpected success of the channel, the four quit their jobs and signed contracts in order to pursue their musical careers. Best known for mashups of modern and classical music, the group may have begun by looking for cheap youtube views in order to promote something else, but they have certainly earned their rise in popularity.
A British musician who independently reached the top 40 UK charts, Dodie plays guitar, ukulele, and sings. She has frequently collaborated with other popular YouTubers, be it musicians, comedians, or vloggers, slowly gaining a strong following over the years. Currently, she is in the process of releasing her first studio album. She has been nominated for six awards, winning two of them, the Breakout Award for Summer in the City, and the Youtube Musician award at the Shorty’s.
Best known for her Princess Rap Battle series, Avalon uploaded the first of these videos in 2014, pitting the first Disney Princess, Snow White, against the most recent at the time, Frozen’s Queen Elsa. Following a similar structure to the channel Epic Rap Battles, the series pits numerous well-known female characters against each other to decide who performed the best in the showdown. Notable guests on the channel have included Sarah Michelle Gellar (performing as Cinderella) and Emily Kinney (as Alice from Alice in Wonderland).
Youtube is a huge platform, and I’m sure this list doesn’t even begin to cover the numerous creative musicians who upload videos in their thousands daily. It’s easy to get lost in the big names, like Adele and GaGa, but the independent artists deserve recognition for their hard work and talent across youtube.