william-singe

Twelve hours ago, William Singe was in a meeting. The Australian YouTube star happily posed for a photo with G.O.O.D Music’s new head honcho Pusha T and Steven Victor, the two of them obviously impressed by the rising talent from Down Under. “Surreal as fuck,” he wrote on his Twitter page after posting the photo. It’s a pretty accurate description.

Everyone knows that YouTube stars usually burn bright and then burn out in relatively short time. The new form of media has given way to man a viral star who’ve ever catapulted to new heights (Tori Kelly) or become an afterthought. William Singe may be different. The Aussie’s racked up over 2.1 million fans on his Facebook page, millions of plays on his Soundcloud page (his “Hotline Bling” cover has amassed over 3.3 million alone) and a growing Twitter account that’s included dates for a tour in his native Australia and select dates in North America that is already sold out in certain cities.

The only place where tickets are available? Fort auderdale, Florida.

Everyone loves William Singe. They love his rendition of Bryson Tiller’s “Don’t” and how playful his voice is when it comes to Fetty Wap’s “679”. His Soundcloud page is littered with dozens of covers, all made from his bedroom microphone set up and a piano. There are occasional drums here and there but Singe’s covers are all self-produced. There’s a clever flip of Jeremih’s “Birthday Sex” that combines the Chicago singer’s breakthrough single with the slow guitar crawls of Trey Songz’ “Foreign” single. If Singe’s voice could be compared to anything, you may say its a more refined Justin Bieber with a few of Bieber’s pitch issues completely wiped off the board.

In 2012, Singe audition for The X-Factor Australia, Simon Cowell’s singing competition that now no longer airs in the United States. Singe’s look then was more of a boy still attempting to find not only his talents but himself as well. Four years later, Singe is following the wave that so many others before him had laid — only that he’s doing it better than they are. People want to see what Singe has beyond covers, where his original songs will take him and given the number of people who want to work with him (see T-Pain), it won’t be long before a major like G.O.O.D Music completely sweeps him up.

Head to Singe’s official website to download his The Re-Introduction 2 mixtape. He’ll be playing two sold out Texas dates on February 24 (Houston) and February 26 (Dallas).