What’s Hot- Top 5 YouTube Artists

May 30, 2012

1. Conor Maynard: It looks like the UK has a lot of talent! Nineteen-year-old singer/songwriter, Conor Maynard, has recently made guest appearances at Much Music, and tons of radio stations to promote himself. Conor has put out YouTube covers since he created his account in 2006. The cover that has received the most publicity and acknowledgement is his cover of “Marvin’s Room” by Drake. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBS0vL-H_kg)

Conor is featured as a guest performer at Toronto’s Kiss 92.5 Wham Bam Concert this summer. Check out his YouTube channel, which has  over 62 million video views, and over 260,000 subscribers. (Www.youtube.com/user/skillzaisherebooya)

2. Noah Guthrie:  Eighteen-year-old Noah from South Carolina uploaded a cover on YouTube of his rendition of “Sexy and I know it” by LMFAO, which got everyone’s attention. Before this video, Noah’s view count weren’t nearly as high as they are now. That cover is blowing up across the world! The video has more than 8 million views already and has only been up since May 9th. Impressive! Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsvlsuLau5c.

Noah brings out a different sound to music. He seems to add his own rhythm and sound to each of his covers. I’m not the only one who thinks he sounds great, singer/song writer Christina Grimmie also thinks so, as she recently did a cover with Noah to “Somebody that I used to know” by GOTYE, followed by some older cover’s they did in 2011.

3. Mike Tompkins: If you are not completely in shock by the end of this cover like I was, then I don’t know what to say! Using only his voice and mouth, 25 year-old Canadian Mike Tomkins, produces his own sound to make covers. All oh his video contain zero instruments or tracks. I know it’s hard to believe people, but every single sound he makes with his mouth! He is very talented, as you can tell by his 500,000 subscribers! The video that impressed me the most had to be this one here, which is a cover of Coldplay’s “Paradise”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2YSo8Z_-a4&feature=relmfu.

Check out Mike’s channel to watch more! www.youtube.com/user/pbpproductions

4. Alex G: Right from Denver, Colorado, comes the very talented Alex G, who is a singer, songwriter, and musician. With a voice so angelic, what’s not to like about her? Check out her cover of “Payphone” by Maroon 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdHsJlQ5gaE.

Some inside scoop on Alex, she’s neighbors with touring artist, Tyler Ward. They do a lot of covers together, which creates an amazing sound, and changes up their version from the original. With over 17 million views and 152,000 subscribers, Alex G obviously gives her fans what they love.

5. Megan and Liz: You probably have heard about these duo sisters before, because the first time I heard about them was on Oprah. Yes, Oprah. She surprised them with a trip to see Taylor swift in concert and they also got to meet her!

Nineteen-year-old twin sisters, Megan and Liz, have been uploading covers since July 2007 and are still doing so to this day, from their house in Michigan. Also for fun, they have created a beauty channel. I know what you’re thinking – they cannot be twins! I was caught off guard at first, but yes indeed, they are twins. Both voices combined create such a unique and angelic sound. Megan plays guitar most of the times in their videos, but they both sing in every cover. Creating different renditions of the original song, Megan and Liz also seem to impress viewers.Check out their channel at www.youtube.com/user/meganandliz.


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