Thursday, August 4, 2011

YouTube Helps Aspiring Artists Get Discovered

By J9 of J9's MusicLife

Earlier in the year, everybody was talking about this unknown white dude from Detroit named Danny Vola who uploaded an acoustic cover of Waka Flocka's No Hands on YouTube.  Before actually hearing it, one would probably assume this was a joke and wonder how could anybody turn a Waka song into an acoustic song.  Well to people's surprise, Danny actually did a decent job putting his own interpretation to the rap hit.

This clip now has over 2 million hits and Danny has appeared on several radio and TV shows as well as even performed with Waka and Wale.  Danny released this song on a mixtape in December that features other rap covers like Black and Yellow by Wiz Khalifa.  Click here to view his official page and check out other performances.

Then in April, Boston musicians Nick Noonan and Amy Heidemann, known as Karmin entered the YouTube spotlight with their rendition of Chris Brown's Look At Me Now.  But what got me and many others was Amy's ability to clearly articulate Busta's fast paced lyrical verse with such ease. . .she killed it!  Due to this instant stardom they've appeared on The Ellen Show and performed with The Roots.  Their clip received 3 million hits in less than a week and now has over 29 million.


Click here to learn more about the duo and hear other covers like Someone Like You (Adele), Grenade (Bruno Mars), Whip My Hair (Willow Smith).

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