Music mogul and former “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell has signed a 10-year-old Canadian singer to his record label after being seeing her YouTube clips.
Toronto-native Heather Russell is being called the next Justin Bieber, another Canadian singer discovered in a similar manner.
Some have said Russell has the voice of an older, more seasoned singer. Russell’s mother, Monica Cidade, posted her daughter’s first internet video last year. In her clips she has performed songs such as “You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt and a song she wrote herself called “Every Step of the Way” featuring her father James Russell on guitar.
Zack Werner, a former judge for “Canadian Idol,” tipped the “X-Factor” host and creator off about the young singer. Russell has already done some work with Rob Fusari, credited with helping launch the career of Lady Gaga. Some comments have compared the young singer to veteran acts such as Alicia Keyes and Mariah Carey.
In her online profile, Russell mentions a wide range of musical influences from Justin Timberlake to Queen and Prince. Fellow Canadian Maria Aragon is enjoying a shot of fame after Lady Gaga posted a clip of the pre-teen singing her new hit “Born This Way.”