Monday, June 10, 2013
Place of Birth: Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Birth Name: Justin Drew Bieber
Instruments: Vocals, guitar, piano, percussion, trumpet
Occupations: Singer-songwriter, musician, producer, actor
Discography: My World 2.0 (2010), Under the Mistletoe (2011), Believe (2012)
Tours: 2009: Urban Behavior Tour, 2010–11: My World Tour, 2012–13: Believe Tour
Labels: Island, Teen Island, RBMG, Schoolboy
Childhood and career: Justin Bieber was raised by a single mom in the small town of Stratford. Bieber always had an interest in music. His mother gave him a drum kit for his second birthday and he was “basically banging on everything I could get my hands on.” Though it was a talent contest in his hometown, in which the 12-year-old Bieber finished second. As a way to share his singing with family, Justin and his mom began posting clips of Bieber performing covers of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Ne-Yo on YouTube. Within months, Justin was an Internet sensation, with a large following of fans. All that allowed Bieber to meet with Usher, who eventually signed the young singer to a contract.
Bieber’s first single, “One Time,” went certified platinum in his native Canada shortly after its release in May 2009. Bieber had his biggest hit single to date in April 2012 with “Boyfriend.” The song appears on his latest album Believe released in June.