Artists that started at an early age

Created by Alma Barroca on 28 Oct 2020 | Last edited by Alma Barroca on 06 Nov 2020
Artists that started at an early age

Here you'll find professional singers that started their careers when they were young (children) and later became musicians of their own.

Let's keep this only for artists that really had a lengthy career (which started when they were young - including the release of an album or at least an EP), not only children that won talent shows and released a few singles then left show biz.

To restrict it, let's put an age limit from 0-20 years.

1. Laura Pausini Artist

Although it's not considered an official release, Laura was 13 when she released I sogni di Laura, her first demo record. Her first official record was 1993's Laura Pausini, which became a hit seller after Laura won the Sanremo Music Festival that year.

Country:  Italy

Genres:  Pop, Pop-Rock, Singer-songwriter

Languages:  Italian, Spanish, English, Portuguese

2. Raven-Symoné Artist

Raven was 7 when she released Here's to New Dreams in 1993.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Hip-Hop/Rap, R&B/Soul

Language:  English

3. Michael Jackson Artist

Michael was part of The Jackson 5 with his older brothers. The group was a hit on its own, having sold at least 100 million records worldwide. However, Michael was the member with the most successful soloist career. His album Thriller, released in 1982, became the best-selling album of all time, with at least 66 million copies having being sold. His first album, Got to Be There was released in 1972.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Dance, Disco, Pop, Pop-Rock, Singer-songwriter

Languages:  English, Spanish, French

4. Cassiane Artist

One of Brazil's best-selling gospel artists, Cassiane released her first album, Cristo é a Força in 1982, when she was 8. She has sold at least 7 million copies up to 2020.

Country:  Brazil

Genre:  Religious

Language:  Portuguese

5. Justin Bieber Artist

Bieber was 15 when he released his first EP, My World, in 2009. He then became a star when he released Baby in 2010. He had ups and downs in his career, but kept releasing album after album and having hits.

Country:  Canada

Genre:  Pop

Languages:  English, French

Popular songs:  YummySorryLove Yourself

6. Demi Lovato Artist

She released Don't Forget in 2008, aged 16. Some of her collaborations became worldwide.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Pop, Pop-Rock, Singer-songwriter

Languages:  English, Spanish

Popular songs:  Stone ColdAnyoneLet It Go

7. Jonas Brothers Artist

They released their first album It's About Time in 2016, when Kevin was 19, Joe was 17 and Nick was 14. They sold over several million albums worldwide as of 2013 and came back to the scenes in 2019 after a 6 year hiatus.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Pop, Pop-Rock

Languages:  English, Spanish

Popular songs:  XSuckerOnly Human

8. Céline Dion Artist

Very likely the best selling Canadian singer, Céline started her career at 13 ages old in 1981, with La voix du bon Dieu. Her 1995 album D'eux became the best selling French album of all times, with at least 10 million copies having being sold. A few of her English albums from the 1990's, together, sold 83 million copies. In 2020, Dion has sold at least 250 million albums.

Country:  Canada

Genres:  Pop, Pop-Rock

Languages:  English, French, Spanish, German

9. Aya Hiroshige Artist

Though not much is known about this singer, she was born in 1992 and the song attached to her LT page was released in 2004.

Genre:  Pop

Language:  Japanese

Popular song:  光る道 (Hikaru michi)

10. Heintje Artist

His 1967's Dutch, German and English rendition of the Beniamino Gigli song 'Mama' became a hit. He was 12 at the time.

Country:  Netherlands

Languages:  German, Dutch, English

11. Alizée Artist

She was 16 when she released her first album, Gourmandises, in 2001.

Country:  France

Genre:  Pop

Languages:  French, English, Spanish

Popular songs:  Moi LolitaGourmandisesHey! Amigo!

12. Katy Perry Artist

Under the pseudonym of Katy Hudson, a Gospel-oriented album of the same name was released in 2001, when she was 16.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Dance, Electronica, Electropop, Pop, Pop-Rock, R&B/Soul, Singer-songwriter

Languages:  English, Spanish

Popular songs:  Never Worn WhiteRoarDark Horse

13. Stevie Wonder Artist

Stevie released his first albums in 1962, when he was 12.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Jazz, Pop, R&B/Soul

Languages:  English, Italian, Spanish, Greek

14. Luis Miguel Artist

He released his first album in 1982, when he was 11. He later became the most famous Latin American artist ever.

Country:  Mexico

Genres:  Funk, Jazz, Pop, Pop-Folk

Languages:  Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, English

15. Ricky Martin Artist

Ricky Martin's career began at age 12 with the all-boy pop group Menudo. Years later, at 19, he started his solo career.

Country:  Puerto Rico

Genres:  Latino, Pop

Languages:  Spanish, English, Portuguese, Turkish

16. Hanson Artist

They released their first album in 1997 when they were 16 (Isaac), 14 (Taylor) and 11 (Zac). But they starting to perform back in 1992 and released their first independent album in 1995.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Pop, Pop-Rock

Language:  English

Popular songs:  EverydayMMMBopDressed In Brown Eyes

17. Björk Artist

Although Björk released her first solo album at 27, she recorded her first album at the age of 11 and also has been part of several bands since the age of 13. Iinternational recognition came at the age of 20, as the lead singer of The Sugarcubes.

Country:  Iceland

Genres:  Alternative, Dance, Electronica, Folk, Industrial, Jazz, Rock, Singer-songwriter

Languages:  English, Icelandic, Portuguese

Popular songs:  It's, Oh, So QuietJógaPagan Poetry

18. Alanis Morissette Artist

She released her first album at the age of 17, but started performing at 12.

Country:  Canada

Genres:  Alternative, Pop, Pop-Rock, Rock, Singer-songwriter

Language:  English

Popular songs:  Reasons I DrinkSmilingThank U

19. Avril Lavigne Artist

Her promotional album B-Sides was released in 2001, when she was 17. It was prior to the release of 2002's Let Go, which has sold at least 15 million copies up to now.

Country:  Canada

Genres:  Alternative, Pop, Pop-Rock, Rock, Singer-songwriter

Languages:  English, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish

20. Thalía Artist

She started her music career at the age of 9 as a vocalist in a children's group named Pac Man. First solo album released at the age of 19.

Country:  Mexico

Genres:  Dance, Disco, Latino, Pop, Pop-Rock, Singer-songwriter

Languages:  Spanish, English, Portuguese, Filipino/Tagalog

21. Birdy Artist

She released her first album at the age of 14.

Country:  United Kingdom

Genres:  Folk, Pop, Pop-Folk, Singer-songwriter

Languages:  English, Spanish

22. Taylor Swift Artist

She released her first album at the age of 16.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Country music, Electropop, Pop, Pop-Folk, Pop-Rock

Language:  English

Popular songs:  bettyepiphanycardigan

23. Laura Marling Artist

At the age of 16 she joined the original line-up of the band Noah and the Whale.
She relased her first solo album at the age of 18.

Country:  United Kingdom

Genres:  Folk, Indie, Pop

Language:  English

24. BILLY Artist

He released his first album as the lead singer of Tokio Hotel at age 16.

Country:  Germany

Genres:  Alternative, Pop

Languages:  English, German

25. Tokio Hotel Artist

Other members of the band also started performing at a young age: Tom (16), Gustav (17) and Georg (18).

Country:  Germany

Genres:  Pop, Rock

Languages:  English, German, Japanese

Popular songs:  MonsoonChateauDurch den Monsun

26. Deborah Blando Artist

Deborah was 11 when she released the Alegria da Gente EP, under the pseudonym 'Giovanna'. She later became a hit in Brazil as her songs became more and more used in soapopera soundtracks.

Country:  Italy

Genres:  Dance, Pop

Languages:  Portuguese, English

27. Simony Artist

Simony started as a child actress in 'A turma do Balão Mágico', children-oriented program of the 1980's. The group's first album was released in 1982, when Simony was 6, and so far has sold at least a million copies in Brazil. Her first soloist album, Sonhando Acordada, was released in 1989 when she was 13.

Country:  Brazil

Genres:  Children's Music, Pop, Pop-Rock

Language:  Portuguese

Popular song:  Nunca Pensei

28. Bee Gees Artist

The Bee Gees' debut television appearance was in 1960 and they released their debut single in 1963, when Barry was 17 and twins Maurice & Robin were 14. Their extremely successful career went on until 2003, when Maurice's unexpected death shook the brothers. Barry and Robin later decided they would join each other and come back, but with Robin's disease and death in 2012 all these plans were halted.

Country:  United Kingdom

Genres:  Pop, Pop-Rock, Disco, Funk

Language:  English

29. Kate Bush Artist

She started writing songs at 11 and recorded her first demos at around 16. Her first album was released when she was 20.

Country:  United Kingdom

Genres:  Alternative, Pop, Pop-Rock

Language:  English

30. t.A.T.u. Artist

Lena was 15 and Julia was 14 in 1999, when t.A.T.u. were formed. Both had previously also been part of other children musical group 'Neposedy'. They first released a Russian album in 2001, but worldwide success came in 2002 with 200 km/h in the Wrong Lane.

Country:  Russia

Genres:  Electronica, Electropop, Eurodance, Pop, Pop-Rock

Languages:  Russian, English

31. Anna Tatangelo Artist

In 2002, Anna became the youngest person ever to win the Newcomers section of the Sanremo Music Festival, at age 15, with her song Doppiamente fragili. As of 2020, she has released 8 studio albums and taken part at Sanremo 8 times. She frequently shows her support towards recognising young talents.

Country:  Italy

Genre:  Pop

Language:  Italian

32. Angelina Jordan Artist

She's still very young and when she became famous at 7 she was already better than anybody else of any age on songs that she sang.

Language:  English

33. Lucy Thomas Artist

A Mega-star in the making and she is only 16.

Country:  United Kingdom

Language:  English

Popular songs:  SomewhereAngelCan I have this dance?

34. Robertino Loreti Artist

He got really famous in his teenage years, but his fame vanished little by little as time went by.

Country:  Italy

Genres:  Opera, Pop, Folk

Languages:  Italian, Neapolitan

Popular songs:  Giamaica (Jamaica)MammaAve Maria

35. Grace VanderWaal Artist

In September 2016, at age 12, she won the eleventh season of America's Got Talent (AGT), singing her original songs.
In December 2016, she released her first EP.
In November 2017, she released a full-length album.
In November 2019, she released her second EP.

Country:  United States

Genres:  Pop, Singer-songwriter

Language:  English

36. Andrea Motis Artist

She started performing at 12 and released her first album at 15

Country:  Spain

Languages:  English, Portuguese

Popular songs:  Sombra De LáHe's Funny That WayCrazy

She started in 1996, releasing her first album at the age of 10.

Country:  Lithuania

Genre:  Pop

Language:  Lithuanian

Popular song:  Oro bučinuką

38. Amira Willighagen Artist

An acknowledged star since the age of 10 in 2014, the year her debut album was released.

Country:  Netherlands

Genres:  Classical, Opera

Language:  English

Popular song:  Drift Away

39. Robin Packalen Artist

In 2008, Robin won the Finnish nationwide singing contest for youth, Staraskaba, when he was just 10.
In 2012 he released his first official single, at age 13.

Country:  Finland

Genre:  Pop

Languages:  Finnish, English

Popular songs:  BenefitsBoom KahHula Hula

Comments
SaintMarkSaintMark    Wed, 28/10/2020 - 13:30

hint from the conspiracy corner: every singer with platinum or several gold records started singing at early childhood, but the main job is, has been, and always will be acting in all its forms. theatre. tv. and features.

SaintMarkSaintMark    Wed, 28/10/2020 - 19:30

https://lyricstranslate.com/en/heintje-lyrics.html
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/alizee-lyrics.html
Elsie Fisher (Masha and the bear)

according to this list: https://uproxx.com/music/musicians-who-started-their-careers-early/
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Katy Perry
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/katy-perry-lyrics.html
Ellise Gitas
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Aretha Franklin
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/aretha-franklin-lyrics.html
Alanis Morissette
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/alanis-morissette-lyrics.html
Stevie Wonder
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/stevie-wonder-lyrics.html

according to this list: https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/articles/features/top_12_musicians_who_b...
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Derek Trucks
Joe Bonnamassa
Billie Eilish
Madonna
Miley Cyrus
Justin Bieber
Britney Spears
Jacob Collier
Elvis Presley
Michael Jackson
Silverchair
WOlfgang Amadeus Mozart
Prince
George Michael
the Beatles
Steve WInwood (Spence David Group)
Neil Schon (Santana)
MxPx
Green Day
Tokio Hotel
Bjork
Kings of Leon
Peter Frampton

Alma BarrocaAlma Barroca    Thu, 29/10/2020 - 19:52

Thanks. Will keep an eye on the ones I didn't add now.

florxquinflorxquin    Wed, 28/10/2020 - 19:49

¡Me gusta mucho esta lista!
Here some suggestions:

Luis Miguel (https://lyricstranslate.com/en/luis-miguel-lyrics.html)
He released his first album at the age of 11.
Still active.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luis_Miguel)

Ricky Martin (https://lyricstranslate.com/en/ricky-martin-lyrics.html)
He began his career at age 12 with the all-boy pop group Menudo.
He started his solo career at the age of 19.
Still active.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricky_Martin)

Hanson(https://lyricstranslate.com/en/hanson-lyrics.html)
They released their first album in 1997 when they were 16 (Isaac), 14 (Taylor) and 11 (Zac).
But they starting to perform back in 1992 and released their first independent album in 1995.
Still active.
(https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanson_(band))

George Harrison
(https://lyricstranslate.com/en/george-harrison-lyrics.html)
He started his music career at the age of 14, when he joined The Quarrymen in 1958 (which evolved into the Beatles in 1960).
Active until his death in 2001.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Harrison)

Paul McCartney
(https://lyricstranslate.com/en/paul-mccartney-lyrics.html)
He started his music career at the age of 16, when he joined The Quarrymen in 1957.
Still active.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_McCartney)

John Lennon
(https://lyricstranslate.com/en/john-lennon-lyrics.html)
He formed The Quarrymen at the age of 15.
Active until his death in 1980.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lennon)

florxquinflorxquin    Wed, 28/10/2020 - 19:56

Björk
(https://lyricstranslate.com/en/bjoerk-lyrics.html)
She recorded her first album at the age of 11.
She has been part of several bands since the age of 13.
But she first gained international recognition at the age of 20, as the lead singer of The Sugarcubes.
She released her first solo album at the age of 27.
Still active.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bj%C3%B6rk)

Alanis Morissette
(https://lyricstranslate.com/en/alanis-morissette-lyrics.html)
She started her music career at the age of 12.
She released her first album at the age of 17.
Still active.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alanis_Morissette)

Thalía
(https://lyricstranslate.com/en/thalia-lyrics.html)
She started her music career at the age of 9 as a vocalist in a children's group named Pac Man.
She released her first solo album at the age of 19.
Still active.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thal%C3%ADa)

Alma BarrocaAlma Barroca    Thu, 29/10/2020 - 19:52

Thanks for all those, Flor. I kept the Beatles out, however, as they did not release solo albums when they were young (let's put it like that) and before they joined the band.

florxquinflorxquin    Fri, 30/10/2020 - 10:48

Birdy
She released her first album at the age of 14.
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/birdy-lyrics.html

Taylor Swift
She released her first album at the age of 16.
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/taylor-swift-lyrics.html

Laura Marling
At the age of 16 she joined the original line-up of the band Noah and the Whale.
She relased her first solo album at the age of 18.
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/laura-marling-lyrics.html

Bill Kaulitz
He released his first album as the lead singer of Tokio Hotel at age 16.
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/billy-lyrics.html
The rest of the members of Tokio Hotel:
Tom (16)
Gustav (17)
Georg (18)
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/tokio-hotel-lyrics.html

florxquinflorxquin    Sat, 31/10/2020 - 04:09

I forgot about these 3♥
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/bee-gees-lyrics.html
The Bee Gees' debut television appearance was in 1960 and they released their debut single in 1963:
• Barry (17)
• Maurice & Robin (14)
(They formed The Bee Gees' in 1955 under the name "The Rattlesnakes" when they were only 9 & 6 years old.)

silencedsilenced    Sat, 31/10/2020 - 14:10

I'm amazed nobody mentioned Kate Bush yet...

silencedsilenced    Sat, 31/10/2020 - 19:54

I don't know how she managed to write "The man with a child in his eyes" when she was only 13. A great talent for sure.

florxquinflorxquin    Sun, 01/11/2020 - 19:09

Bobby Brown released the first single with pop band "New Generation" at age 14.
He released his first solo album at age 17.

Justin Timberlake released the first single with "NSYNC" at age 15.

Robbie Williams released the first single with "Take That" at age 17.

florxquinflorxquin    Mon, 02/11/2020 - 20:33

Does Grace VanderWaal count?
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/grace-vanderwaal-lyrics.html

In September 2016, at age 12, she won the eleventh season of America's Got Talent (AGT), singing her original songs.
In December 2016, she released her first EP.
In November 2017, she released a full-length album.
In November 2019, she released her second EP.