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28 Solo Artists Under 28

28 Solo Artists Under 28

Talented solo artists continue to be discovered year after year. Most of these amazing singers are unbelievably young and are still fresh in the industry. So here is a list of the 28 hottest and youngest solo singers that are under 28 years old. They continue to prove to us that talent comes from different ages and different places across the globe.

Grace VanderWaal

Grace VanderWaal

1. Grace VanderWaal (14)

Grace Avery VanderWaal

  • Born: January 15, 2004 (14 years old)
  • From: Lenexa, Kansas/ Suffern, New York, U.S.

Genre: Pop

Label: Columbia

Social Media Following:

  • Twitter: 312 thousand followers (@GraceVanderWaal)
  • Instagram: 2.6 million followers (gracevanderwaal)
  • YouTube: 2.6 million subscribers (Oh Never Mind It’s Just Me - Grace VanderWaal)
Grace VanderWaal EP - Perfectly Imperfect

Grace VanderWaal EP - Perfectly Imperfect

Grace VanderWaal's Musical Career

Years Active: 2016- present

Grace started her musical career by playing at open mic nights in Suffern, New York and posting her original songs and covers on YouTube. June 7, 2016, she auditioned for America's Got Talent Season 11. September 2016, at age 12, Grace won America's Got Talent and December of the same year, she released her first ever EP, "Perfectly Imperfect".

Nominations: 5 - Won: 3

Album: "Just the Beginning" peaked #22 Billboard 200 US

Single/EP/Ft: "Perfectly Imperfect" peaked #9 Billboard 200 US

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish

2. Billie Eilish (16)

Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell

  • Born: December 18, 2001 (16 years old)
  • From: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Genre: Electropop, electronic

Label: Darkroom, Interscope

Social Media Following:

  • Twitter: 244 thousand followers (@billieeilish)
  • Instagram: 1.4 million followers (wherearetheavocados)
  • YouTube: 582 thousand subscribers (BillieEilishVEVO)
Billie Eilish - Don't Smile At Me

Billie Eilish - Don't Smile At Me

Billie Eilish's Musical Career

Years Active: 2015- present

Billie was raised by actress-musician-screenwriter mother, Maggie Baird and father, Patrick O'Connell. At eleven, she started writing her own songs like her older brother, Fineas. In October 2015, Billie recorded the song "Ocean Eyes", initially written by Finneas for his own band. In 2016, "Ocean Eyes" was released as Eilish's debut single on SoundCloud, which went viral and has accumulated over 44 million streams on Spotify alone as of March 2018.

Single/EP/Ft: "Lovely" (with Khalid) peaked #2 Bubbling Under Hot 100

"Don't Smile at Me" peaked #1 Top Heatseekers Us, #11 Billboards Charts US

Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes

3. Shawn Mendes (19)

Shawn Peter Raul Mendes

  • Born: August 8, 1998 (19 years old)
  • From: Toronto / Pickering, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Pop, folk pop, pop rock

Label: Island

Social Media Following:

  • Twitter: 18.9 million followers (@ShawnMendes)
  • Instagram: 30.5 million followers (shawnmendes)
  • YouTube: 13 million subscribers (Shawn Mendes)
Shawn Mendez

Shawn Mendez

Shawn Mendes' Musical Career

Years Active: 2013- present

In 2013, Shawn started his career when he posted song covers on Vine. The next year, he was discovered and signed to Island Records. 2015, Shawn finally released his first studio album "Handwritten".

Nominations: 134 - Won: 40

Albums: "Handwritten" (2015) peaked #1 Canadian Albums (Billboard), #1 US Billboard 200 (+ other countries)

"Illuminate" (2016) peaked #1 Canadian Albums (Billboard), #1 US Billboard 200 (+ other countries)

Single/EP/Ft: "The Shawn Mendes EP" #5 US and Canada

"Stitches" #1 UK Singles Chart

Khalid

Khalid

4. Khalid (20)

Khalid Donnel Robinson

  • Born: February 11, 1998 (20 years old)
  • From: Fort Stewart, Georgia/ El Paso, Texas , U.S.

Genre: R&B

Label: Right Hand, RCA, Columbia

Social Media Following:

  • Twitter: 2 million followers (@thegreatkhalid)
  • Instagram: 2.8 million followers (thegr8Khalid)
  • YouTube: 2.3 million subscribers (KhalidVEVO)
Khalid - Location

Khalid - Location

Khalid's Musical Career

Years Active: 2015 - present

High school when Khalid started making his own music and uploaded his works on SoundCloud. 2016, he started getting more attention and reached number 2 on the "Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart". The same year, his debut single, "Location", was released and peaked at number 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart

Nominations: 13 - Won: 4

Album: "American Teen" peaked #1 on Top R&B/Hiphop Albums (US Billboard)

Single/EP/Ft: "Location" peaked #2 on Top R&B Songs, #16 Billboard Hot 100 US

"Young Dumb & Broke" peaked #1 on Top R&B Songs, #18 Billboard Hot 100 US

Zara Larsson

Zara Larsson

5. Zara Larsson (20)

Zara Maria Larsson

  • Born: December 16, 1997 (20 years old)
  • From: Solna, Stockholm County, Sweden

Genre: Pop, R&B, dance, electro-pop, house

Label: Universal Sweden, TEN, Epic, Sony UK

Social Media Following:

  • Twitter: 1.36 million followers (@zaralarsson)
  • Instagram: 4.7 million followers (zaralarsson)
  • YouTube: 4.3 million subscribers (Zara Larsson)
Zara Larsson - I Would Like

Zara Larsson - I Would Like

Zara Larsson's Musical Career

Years Active: 2008 - present

Zara's career started when she won in a talent competition in Sweden called "Talang" when she was only 10 years old. In 2012, she was signed to TEN Music Group and released her debut EP album "Introducing" in January 2013.

Nominations: 130 - Won: 46

Albums (2): "1" peaked #1 on Sverigetopplistan (Sweden Charts)

"So Good" peaked #1 on Sverigetopplistan (Sweden Charts), #26 US Billboard 100

Single/EP/Ft: "Lush Life" peaked #1 in Sweden, #3 UK and Switzerland

"Never Forget You" peaked #4 in Sweden, #2 UK

Camila Cabello

Camila Cabello

6. Camila Cabello (21)

Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao

  • Born: March 3, 1997 (21 years old)
  • From: Cojímar, Eastern Havana, Cuba / Miami, Florida, U.S.

Genre: Pop, R&B

Label: Epic, Syco

Social Media Following:

  • Twitter: 6.9 million followers (@Camila_Cabello)
  • Instagram: 19.5 million followers (camila_cabello)
  • YouTube: 7.4 million subscribers (Camila Cabello)
Camila Cabello

Camila Cabello

Camila Cabello's Musical Career

Years Active: 2012 - present

Camila's career began when she auditioned for The X Factor US when she was only 15 years old. She then went on to compete in the show as a member of a girl group that was named "Fifth Harmony" and finished in third place. In 2013, the group released the EP "Better Together" that was followed by tracks that became international hits. December 2016, Camila departed from the group to become a solo artist.

Nominations: 45 - Won: 25

Album: "Camila" peaked #1 US Billboard 200, #1 in Canada and Sweden

Single/EP/Ft: "Havana" peaked #1 US Billboard Hot 100, #1 in Canada, Ireland & UK

Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld

7. Hailee Steinfeld (21)

Hailee Steinfeld

  • Born: December 11, 1996 (21 years old)
  • From: Los Angeles, California, U.S

Genre: Pop, dance-pop, R&B

Label: Republic

Social Media Following:

  • Twitter: 997 thousand followers (@HaileeSteinfeld)
  • Instagram: 9.2 million followers (haileesteinfeld)
  • YouTube: 2.8 million subscribers (HaileeSteinfeldVEVO)
Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld Musical Career

Years Active: 2007 - present (2015 - present [music])

Hailee began her career as a child actress who made her breakthrough role as Mattie Ross in True Grit in 2010. She continued to be part of various famous movies like Ender's Game and Pitch Perfect 2 and 3. In July 2015, she collaborated with Shawn Mendes in an acoustic version of his song "Stiches." A few months after, Hailee released her debut single "Love Myself" that made way to her current success in the music industry today.

(Music) Nominations: 9 - Won: 2

Album: "Haiz" peaked #57 in US Billboard 200, #38 in Canada

Single/EP/Ft: "Starving" peaked #12 in US Billboard Hot 100, #5 in US Mainstream Top 40, #5 in Australia, UK and New Zealand

Lorde

Lorde

8. Lorde (21)

Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor

  • Born: November 7, 1996 (21 years old)
  • From: Herne Bay, Auckland, New Zealand

Genre: Art pop, dream pop, electropop, indie pop

Label: UMG, Lava, Republic

Social Media Following:

  • Twitter: 8.31 million followers (@lorde)
  • Instagram: 6.2 million followers (lordemusic)
  • YouTube: 3.9 million subscribers (Lorde)
Lorde - Grammy Performance

Lorde - Grammy Performance

Lorde's Musical Career

Years Active: 2009 - present

2009, Lorde and her friend Louis McDonald formed a duo and won the Belmont Intermediate School annual talent show. 2010, they performed live covers as a duet called "Ella and Louis" in various events. 2011, she started to perform her own original songs and recorded songs for an EP. 2012, Lorde self-released "The Love Club EP" on SoundCloud and was released commercially by UMG in July of 2013. She then went on to become the youngest solo artist to achieve a number-one single in the US with "Royals" since 1987, when she was only 16.

Nominations: 82 - Won: 41

Albums (2): "Pure Heroin" peaked #1 in New Zealand and Australia, #3 in US and #4 in UK

"Melodrama" peaked #1 in New Zealand, Canada, Australia and US

Single/EP/Ft: "Royals" peaked #1 in the US, New Zealand, Canada and UK

"Team" peaked #3 in New Zealand and #6 in the US

Alessia Cara - Grammy's

Alessia Cara - Grammy's

9. Alessia Cara (21)

Alessia Caracciolo

  • Born: July 11, 1996 (21 years old)
  • From: Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Alternative R&B, soul, pop, R&B, indie pop

Label: EP Entertainment, Def Jam

Social Media Following:

  • Twitter: 1.29 million followers (@alessiacara)
  • Instagram: 2.1 million followers (alessiasmusic)
  • YouTube: 2.5 million subscribers (Alessia Cara)
Alessia Cara

Alessia Cara

Alessia Cara's Musical Career

Years Active: 2014 - present

Alessia started out as a very young aspiring singer on YouTube, posting cover songs on the video sharing site at the age of 13. It was 2015 when she got signed to Def Jam Recordings and had her first single ‘Here’. Alessia’s career skyrocketed since then on and she’s now continually receiving awards and recognition for her debut album ‘Know-It-All’ that was released November of 2015.

Nominations: 64 - Won: 16

Albums: "Know it All" peaked #9 in US Billboard 200

Single/EP/Ft: "Here" peaked #5 in US Billboard Hot 100, "Scars to Your Beautiful", peaked #8 in the US

Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa

10. Dua Lipa (22)

Dua Lipa

  • Born: August 22, 1995 (22 years old)
  • From: London, England / Kosovo

Genre: Pop, synth-pop, R&B, dream pop

Label: Dua Lipa Limited, Warner Bros., Vertigo, Capitol

Social Media Following:

  • Twitter: 2.01 million followers (@DUALIPA)
  • Instagram:10.4 million followers (dualipa)
  • YouTube: 6.2 million subscribers (Dua Lipa)
Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa's Musical Career

Years Active: 2015 - present

Dua began her career when she was 14, posting her covers on Youtube. At 15, she moved to London to fulfill her musical aspirations and started working as a model. In 2015, she released her first and second singles, "New Love" and "Be the One" under Warner Music Group.

Nominations: 41 - Won: 14

Album: "Dua Lipa" peaked #3 in the UK and #27 in US Billboard 200

Single/EP/Ft: "New Rules" peaked #1 in the UK, Belgium, Ireland and the Netherlands

"One Kiss" peaked #1 in the UK, Belgium, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands

Ella Mai

Ella Mai

11. Ella Mai (23)

Ella Mai

  • Born: November 3, 1994 (23 years old)
  • From: London, England / New York City

Genre: R&B

Label: 10 Summers Records, Interscope

Social Media Following:

  • Twitter: 82.3 thousand followers (@ellamai)
  • Instagram: 745 thousand followers (ellamai)
  • YouTube: 196 thousand subscribers (EllaMaiVEVO)
Ella Mai

Ella Mai

Ella Mai's Musical Career

Years Active: 2014 - present

In 2014, Ella Mai tried her luck in The X Factor as a part of a trio called "Arize" but unfortunately didn't advance beyond the initial audition and broke up right after. 2015, she continued her journey and uploaded EP originals on SoundCloud and was discovered on Instagram which made way for her to get signed to DJ Mustard’s 10 Summers label. 2016, she then released the first in her EP trilogy called "Time".

Single/EP/Ft: "Change" peaked #8 in US Billboard Top Heatseekers

"Boo'd Up" peaked #4 in R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

Halsey

Halsey

12. Halsey (23)

Ashley Nicolette Frangipane

  • Born: September 29, 1994 (23 years old)
  • From: Edison, New Jersey, U.S.

Genre: Electropop, synth-pop

Label: Astralwerks, Capitol, Virgin EMI

Social Media Following:

  • Twitter: 9.64 million followers (@halsey)
  • Instagram: 7.3 million followers (iamhalsey)
  • YouTube: 3.4 million subscribers (Halsey)

Years Active: 2014 - present

Nominations: 15 - Won: 7

Albums: "Badlands" peaked #2 in US Billboard 200 and in Australia

"Hopeless Fountain Kingdom" peaked #1 in US Billboard 200 and Canada, #2 in Australia

Single/EP/Ft: "Him & I" peaked #1 in US Pop

"Closer" peaked #1 in US Billboard Hot 100, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK and Switzerland.

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

13. Justin Bieber (24)

Justin Drew Bieber

  • Born: March 1, 1994 (24 years old)
  • From: Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Pop, R&B

Label: Island, Teen Island, RBMG, School Boy, Def Jam

Social Media Following:

  • Twitter: 106 million followers (@justinbieber)
  • Instagram: 99.6 million followers (justinbieber)
  • YouTube: 38 million subscribers (Justin Bieber)

Years Active: 2007 - present

Nominations: 424 - Won: 213

Albums: "My World 2.0," "Under the Mistletoe," "Believe" and "Purpose" all peaked #1 in US Billboard 200 and in Canada

Single/EP/Ft: "What Do You Mean," "Sorry" and "Love Yourself" all peaked #1 in US Billboard Hot 100, in Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland and UK

Harry Styles

Harry Styles

14. Harry Styles (24)

Harry Edward Styles

  • Born: February 1, 1994 (24 years old)
  • From: Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, UK

Genre: Soft rock, rock, pop, Britpop

1/4 One Direction

Label: Syco, Columbia

Social Media Following:

  • Twitter: 32.5 million followers (@Harry_Styles)
  • Instagram: 23.7 million followers (harrystyles)
  • YouTube: 3.4 million subscribers (Harry Styles)

Years Active: 2010 - present

(Solo) Nominations: 45 - Won: 17

Albums: "Harry Styles" peaked #1 in US Billboard 200, UK, Australia, Canada and Ireland

Single/EP/Ft: "Sign of the Times" peaked #1 in UK and Australia, #4 in US and Switzerland

Meghan Trainor

Meghan Trainor

15. Meghan Trainor (24)

Meghan Elizabeth Trainor

  • Born: December 22, 1993 (24 years old)
  • From: North Eastham, Massachusetts , U.S.

Genre: R&B, pop, doo-wop, blue-eyed soul, hip hop

Label: Epic

Social Media Following:

  • Twitter: 2.26 million followers (@Meghan_Trainor)
  • Instagram: 9.2 million followers (meghan_trainor)
  • YouTube: 9.3 million subscribers (Meghan Trainor)

Years Active: 2009 - present

Nominations: 69 - Won: 14

Albums: "Title" peaked #1 in US Billboard 200, Australia, Canada, Sweden and UK

"Thank You" peaked #3 in the US and Australia

Single/EP/Ft: "All About That Bass" peaked in #1 in US Billboard Hot 100, in Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland and UK

Julia Michaels

Julia Michaels

16. Julia Michaels (24)

Julia Carin Cavazos

  • Born: November 13, 1993 (24 years old)
  • From: Santa Clarita, California , U.S.

Genre: Pop, dance, EDM

Label: Republic

Social Media Following:

  • Twitter: 105 thousand followers (@juliamichaels)
  • Instagram: 648 thousand followers (juliamichaels)
  • YouTube: 795 thousand subscribers (Julia Michaels Official)

Years Active: 2010 - present

Nominations: 9

Niall Horan

Niall Horan

17. Niall Horan (24)

Niall James Horan

  • Born: September 13, 1993 (24 years old)
  • From: Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland

Genre: Pop

1/4 One Direction

Label: Syco, Columbia, Capitol

Social Media Following:

  • Twitter: 40.3 million followers (@NiallOfficial)
  • Instagram: 20.6 million followers (niallhoran)
  • YouTube: 2.4 million subscribers (Niall Horan)

Years Active: 2010 - present

Nominations: 19 - Won: 11

Liam Payne

Liam Payne

18. Liam Payne (24)

Liam James Payne

  • Born: August 29, 1993 (24 years old)
  • From: Wolverhampton, West Midlands, UK

Genre: Pop

1/4 One Direction

Label: Syco, Columbia, Capitol, Republic

Social Media Following:

  • Twitter: 33.1 million followers (@LiamPayne)
  • Instagram: 16 million followers (liampayne)
  • YouTube: 1.9 million subscribers (Liam Payne Official)

Years Active: 2008 - present

Nominations: 15 - Won: 5

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande

19. Ariana Grande (24)

Ariana Grande-Butera

  • Born: June 26, 1993 (24 years old)
  • From: Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.

Genre: Pop, R&B

Label: Republic

Social Media Following:

  • Twitter: 57.4 million followers (@ArianaGrande)
  • Instagram: 119 million followers (arianagrande)
  • YouTube: 23 million subscribers (Ariana Grande)

Years Active: 2008 - present

Nominations: 130 - Won: 62

9 More Artists Under 28

NameBirth date (Age)Latest HitSocial Media Following

20. Zayn Malik

Jan. 12,1993 (25)

"Pillowtalk"

Twitter: 27.6 Million Insta: 28.8 Million

21. Miley Cyrus

Nov. 23, 1992 (25)

"Malibu"

Twitter: 41.2 Million Insta: 75.7 Million

22. Demi Lovato

Aug. 20, 1992 (25)

"Sorry Not Sorry"

Twitter: 57.1 Million Insta: 67.8 Million

23. Selena Gomez

July 22, 1992 (25)

"Wolves" (w/ Marshmello)

Twitter: 56.8 Million Insta: 137 Million

24. Sam Smith

May 19, 1992 (25)

"Too Good At Goodbyes"

Twitter: 7.67 Million Insta: 9.3 Million

25. Louis Tomlinson

Dec. 24, 1991 (26)

"Back To You" (Ft. Bebe Rhexa, Digital Farm Animals)

Twitter: 33.8 Million Insta: 14.1 Million

26. Charlie Puth

Dec. 2, 1991 (26)

"Attention"

Twitter: 2.45 Million Insta: 10 Million

27. Anne-Marie

April 7,1991 (27)

"Friends" (w/ Marshmello)

Twitter: 371K Insta: 1.6 Million

28. Ed Sheeran

Feb. 17, 1991 (27)

"Perfect"

Twitter: 20.3 Million Insta: 22.5 Million

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Trivia Question

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Which of the artists on the list is a 3-time karate champion?
    • Dua Lipa
    • Halsey
    • Anne-Marie

Answer Key

  1. Anne-Marie

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