With the latest trend, we can’t help but agree that social media has considerably diversified the means of accumulating huge wealth and getting famous in turn. Many young talents who wouldn’t have ordinarily made it to the limelight are now celebrities, all thanks to the power of the internet. This narrative rings true for William Singe – an Australian singer and songwriter who first gained fame on social media for his awesome cover of songs by popular musicians. The artist’s mesmerizing voice has earned him millions of Facebook fans and YouTube subscribers with hundreds of millions of video views on each platform.
With singles, collabos, and a recording contract to his name, William Singe has gone above the status of a mere YouTube sensation. The internet celeb is now recognized as a superstar in his own right.
William Singe’s Family Background
Liam Anthony Singe, known professionally as William Singe, was born on the 2nd of July 1992 in Northern Sydney, Australia but spent his formative years in the Northern Beaches region of Sydney. His father, Ray Singe, is a Maori who has roots in New Zealand while the artist’s mother, Sue McGrath is of Scottish descent. Needless to say that both parent’s ancestry gave William a multi-ethnic background consisting of Scottish and Maori-Australian. However, the YouTuber’s nationality is Australian.
The only academic record we can lay hands on has it that William was a student of St. Augustine’s College located at Brookvale. However, we cannot say how far he went with his studies. On the other hand, it’s on record that William was an employee of the Commonwealth Bank in Dee Why, where he worked for some time as a bank teller.
His Passion for the Performing Arts Led Him to Pursue a Career in Music
William fell in love with music at an early age as a result of his father’s influence; his father was a singer, songwriter, bass player, and an ace instrumentalist. The young Singe started singing, writing, and producing songs from an early stage and decided to pursue a career in music due to his passion. In order to realize his dreams, William Singe auditioned for the Australian version of X-Factor in 2011 and 2012.
In the course of the competition, the judges merged him and four other talented boys together to form a boy band known as The Collective. The group came third at the end of the show and was later signed up by Sony Music Australia. The band had some measure of success as they were able to release a mini-album on the 14th of December 2012. The album which opened at #11 on the ARIA Albums Chart still went ahead to win gold certification. The group also organized and went on a tour. William Singe was featured in a 2013 single Forgot You by Bella Ferraro who eventually contested alongside William in X Factor Australia.
However, William still nursed a dream of making it big on his own, and on the 18th of February 2015, the artist declared on his Facebook page that he was officially leaving the boy band to launch his career as a soloist. The Collective disbanded after he left the group and other members are now pursuing solo careers just like Singe.
Here’s How He Got Famous
William then started covering songs by popular artists like Alessia Cara, Justin Bieber, TLC, Fetty Wap, Drake, and Adele, posting them on YouTube and Facebook to gain some major online following. All these he recorded and uploaded within the confines of his bedroom.
What stood the young talent out was the fact that he did not just re-voice the songs the same way as the original artist rather; William remixed tracks to make them more entertaining and refreshing. He would pick a song, take it apart and rebuild it in such a manner that when the final product gets out, it would be barely recognizable. Among other things, the vocalist took hip-hop tracks by Drake and turned them into R& B songs. His videos soon garnered hundreds of millions of views on Facebook and YouTube, making the singer an internet sensation.
The cover that made him a viral sensation was Drake’s Hotline Bling. The video has at least 20 million views, topping Spotify’s US Viral 50 Chat. The cover was so good that William received offers for collaboration from musicians such as One Direction’s Liam Payne.
The Singer Started Embarking on Tours and Signing Recording Deals
From then on, William began to seek greater heights, the burgeoning star quickly signed up with Paradigm talent management agency which arranged an international tour around America, Europe, and Australia for him. The tour was a successful one and saw the sale out of a 1700 seat venue in Texas.
In July 2016, William landed a recording deal with RCA Records, joining the likes of Justine Timberlake, Pink, Miley Cyrus, and Alicia Keys. Since then, William Singe has gone on to release his own single Rush in February 2017. He has also collaborated with the likes of British musician Jonas Blue; their work titled Mama was released in May 2017. Singe’s work with Jonas Blue earned him the Brit Award nomination for British Single and British Video in 2018. The musician is presently working on releasing further singles and eventually, his own album, he also goes on tours delighting his fans with his every performance. His genres include hip hop, pop, and R&B.
How Rich is William Singe?
The six feet tall singer has not just been getting famous on the music scene, William Singe has equally amassed a tidy fortune along the way, the popular Australian singer is reportedly worth at least $3 million which majorly came from his singing career, especially the recording deal he signed with RCA Records and his stint on YouTube.
William Singe has since invested in other sources of income which include merchandise sales from his international tour; the YouTube sensation made between $5000 and $8000 at each show. He also earns money from his Facebook as well as sales of his covers on iTunes.