1. Monica

Monica began performing as a child and became part of a traveling gospel choir at the age of ten and signed to Arista Records at 13.

2. Monica

Monica has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, including over 10 million units in the United States alone.

3. Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin started singing at age 10, recording (Gospel) at age 14 and signed with Columbia Records at age 18.

4. Aretha Franklin

Franklin’s career has spanned over a half of century, 18 Grammy Awards, 20 number 1 hits, dozens of awards and still performing today.

5. Little Stevie Wonder

Little Stevie Wonder was only 13 when he took the world by storm and had his 1st major hit ‘Fingertips (pt 2)’ (Youtube)

6. Stevie Wonder

Wonder has 22 Grammy Awards plus numerous others, Hall of Famer (songwriters/R&R) and is still performing.

7. Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson (age 7) appeared on stage in Las Vegas with her siblings. At age 16, she signed a contract with A&M Records.

8. Janet Jackson

Janet has sold over 100M records, sold out shows and is a very accomplished actress.

9. Usher

Usher was 13 when spotted by a Rep from LaFace Records at a talent show. His 1st album, at age 16 sold over 500,000 copies.

10. Usher

Usher has won numerous awards and had hit after hit.

11. Shanice

Shanice’s career began at 8 and was 14 when her 1st album was released. She had numerous hit singles and hasdropped 6 albums.

12. Shanice

Shanice is all grown up now and has added acting, Broadway and is working on a new album to drop this year.

13. Trey Songz was discovered by record producer Troy Taylor at a talent show in 2000 when he was 16 years old.

14. At 32, he has released many albums, had several hit singles, won numerous awards and has added acting to his resume. (AP)

15. Beyonce was 10 when she recorded 632-5792, performed locally with Destiny’s Child & signed to Columbia Records in 1997.

16. Beyonce is 36 and as a solo artist has sold over 75M records worldwide and has earned numerous awards and honors. (AP)

17. Chris Brown was discovered at age 13 by Hitmission Records, a local production team. At age 15, released ‘Run It’

18. Brown is now 28. His personal life has taken some hits but his professional life is definitely going well.

19. Brandy begin entering talent contest when she was 11, released 1st album at 15 and starred in the sitcom ‘Moesha.’

20. At 38, she continues to sing and has added a bit more acting to his resume

21. Rihanna’s career began at 15 when she met record producer Evan Rogers, came to the US at 16 & signed with Jay-Z. Youtube

22. At 25, she has been named the best-selling digital artist of all time and sold over 47,571,000 singles & albums. (AP)

23. Jordin Sparks

Jordin rose to fame after winning the sixth season of American Idol; at age 17, she became the youngest winner in the series’ history.

24. Jordin Sparks

Sparks has gone the independent music route but she is still hugely popular with her fan base.