Passion and Joy: Some of Our Favorite Child Singers
Posted Monday, May 30th 2022 by Zac Bradford
You’ve probably heard the wise saying 'Remain childlike, but not childish...'
One way to remain childlike is to be inspired by the pure innocence, passion, and joy of children, particularly when expressing themselves through song. We’ve curated a list of some of our favorite Child singers for you to enjoy. Most are house-hold names, but perhaps some are lesser-known treasures that will soon become favorites. What these musical youngsters all share in common is a gift, passion and joy through the use of “the first instrument”, the human voice!
Dimash Kudaibergen (born 1994) began performing at a young age, first appearing on stage at age 2 in a minor role in a local theater production. He is well known for his 6+ Octave vocal range, and his impressive use of head voice and whistle register. Dimash has performed songs in 15 languages and sung in many genres including classical, jazz, rock, musical theater, rap and R&B. Watch and listen to Dimash’s journey from 13-21 years of age in this montage. Watch to the end for Dimash’s astonishingly stratospheric high notes.
Taylor Swift (born 1989) started performing in musical theater productions in Pennsylvania at age 9, and also traveled regularly to New York City for vocal and acting lessons. Swift later shifted her focus toward country music, inspired by Shania Twain. Her family soon packed up and moved to Tennessee, and at the age 13 years old swift was given an artist development deal where she was performing in Nashville on music row, and the rest is history. This video gives us a sneak peek into Swift’s vocal development from a toddler to around the time she was signed in her early teens.
Beyoncé Knowles (born 1981) got her start performing in local and nationally televised singing and dancing competitions, including Star Search. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time, Destiny's Child. In this performance of "Home," Beyonce demonstrates the vocal prowess of a seasoned professional!
Justin Bieber (born in 1994) is widely recognized as one of the biggest Pop Music icons of this century. He was signed with RBMG records in 2008 after producer Scooter Braun discovered one of his videos on YouTube. He gained recognition with the release of his debut EP My World (2009). This clip showcases a young Beiber busking with a guitar and an amazing vocal performance. Enjoy!
Ariana Grande (born 1993) began her music career at age 15 in the broadway musical 13 by Jason Robert Brown. She rose to fame for playing Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious and Sam & Cat. Grande signed with Republic Records in 2011 after label executives viewed YouTube videos of her covering songs. You are in for a treat with this clip as you see Ariana command the stage in some of her early theater roles.
Shirley Jane Temple, (1928 - 2014) was in 43 films from the age of 3 to 21 years old. She had a sweet voice, and a charisma and presence beyond her years. This clip highlights Temples amazing body of work for one so young, and points to how wide reaching her performances have been and continues to be.
Stevland Hardaway Morris, aka Stevie Wonder (born 1950, was signed with Motown's Tamla label at the age of 11. At the age of 13 his song "Fingertips" was a number one hit on the Billboard charts, making him the youngest artist to top the charts. This 1963 clip highlights “Little Stevie Wonders” amazing musical prowess as a singer, multi instrumentalist (Harmonica, Bongo’s) and showman!
Jacob Collier (born 1994) is a British multi instrumentalist, singer, songwriter & arranger. At the age of 10, Collier was a treble singer in classical roles in The Magic Flute and The Turn of the Screw, he also played Tiny Tim in the 2004 film A Christmas Carol, featuring Kelsey Grammer. This clip highlights the vocal skill and creativity that made Jacob a YouTube Viral sensation as a young teen!
Judy Garland (1922 - 1969) was an American actress and singer and is best known for playing Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (1939). This clip highlights some of the work Judy did before she famously left Kansas for Oz!
Michael Jackson (1958 - 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Jackson made his professional debut in 1964 at the age of six with his elder brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon as a member of The Jackson 5. This clip highlights MJ’s incredible vocal technique and command of the stage on the classic “Ben”.
It's obvious these young powerhouses all possessed vocal power, range, and flexibility. Beyond their incredible technical skills they shared their gift, passion, and joy with the world through the use of their voice. Our list of phenomenal young singers could go on and on…. Let us know on Instagram or our Facebook Page which young singers inspire you!
Director of NYVC Australia/Voice Teacher Associate
Zac Bradford is the Director of NYVC Australia. His clients have reached the Top 10 on the Billboard charts, have been featured in Hollywood films, TV shows, have worked as backing singers for AAA touring artists, and are performing on Broadway, Off-Broadway, 1st US Tours, internationally, and more. His clients also perform in famous live music venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Blue Note, Rockwood Music Hall and The Bitter End.
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