See 15 of our fave vids, as we track his inspiring journey from cute kid to singing superstar
It’s crazy to think that Johnny just celebrated the six-year-anniversary of the first cover video he ever uploaded to YouTube! Over the past several years, he’s worked so hard to go from adorable kid trying out a new hobby to one of pop’s most promising young stars. He’s also one of the nicest people in the entire world, and we’re so proud and honored to call him a friend!
In honor of Johnny’s 15th birthday, we’re taking you through his musical journey with 15 of our favorite videos.
1. Johnny was only eight years old when he posted this cover of Justin Bieber’s holiday hit “Mistletoe.”
2. Just three months later, Johnny totally upped the production value on his rendition of JB’s “Boyfriend.”
3. Snapbacks became one of Johnny’s signature style accessories – here, he put his own spin on “Diamonds” by Rihanna:
4. In August 2013, Johnny ditched the hat and enlisted the help of his friends for his cover of 1D’s “Best Song Ever,” which would become his most successful vid yet:
5. Johnny’s March 2014 cover of Pharrell’s “Happy” made us, well, happy!
6. But his take on Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” took his musicianship and artistry to a whole new level:
7. A month later, Johnny followed it up with “Stitches,” which has since amassed over 40 million views!
8. After that, Johnny worked hard at a Los Angeles dance studio and showcased his choreography in his cover of Justin Bieber’s “Where Are U Now,” which is the first time we saw him!
9. We had to have him come to YSBnow for an interview, where he told us about how he got started on YouTube:
10. A month later, he released the single, “Let Go” and Entertainment Tonight called him the next Justin Bieber!
11. Johnny joined the #YSBnowBoysOfSummer cover shoot, which also featured Jacob Sartorius and Carson Lueders.
12. But 2017 would be Johnny’s best year yet. He got nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award and we celebrated at Buffalo Wild Wings in NYC!
13. He also started touring all over the world, attracting thousands of fans every night:
14. Over the past few months, Johnny’s sound has really started to mature:
15. And he’s been hard at work in the studio, hoping to bring you the best music yet in 2018!
Happy birthday, Johnny! We love you!
BONUS: Watch bloopers from our #YSBnowBoysOfSummer shoot!