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