The purpose of this blog is to showcase upcoming artists who have either signed with a label or chosen to build their career through a Direct2Fan method.
ARTIST/GROUP: Todrick Hall
ORIGEN: Arlington, Texas
GENRE: R&B, Pop, Hip Hop
- TWITTER: 76,951 followers | https://twitter.com/toddyrockstar
YOUTUBE: 5,447,073 video views | http://www.youtube.com/user/todrickhall
FACEBOOK: 10,000+ friends | Facebook 1, Facebook 2
WHY TODRICK HALL?
Todrick Hall has made several appearances as a YouTube sensation and American Idol Season 9 Top 24 Finalist. I don’t remember who introduced me to him, but I do remember being intrigued by his raw talent and skill. I think the first time I saw Todrick Hall was in a video of him leading a flash mob in Target to Beyoncé’s then recently released single “End of Time.” Not only is Todrick an amazing singer and performer, he’s a talented dancer and choreographer as well. Check it out!
This video was such a viral hit that it made its way to Beyoncé herself who then uploaded a video response acknowledging Hall for his amazing video and appreciation. In my opinion, that truly showed Beyoncé’s character and leadership for taking time to show her appreciation for such an adoring fan. Check it out!
Later, Todrick made another appearance in the limelight with his pertinacious attempt to be cast as the newest member on the hit TV show “Glee” where he directly addressed Mr. Ryan Murphy himself (creator and director of the hit TV show). This is my favorite video of his because it truly shows his versatility, range, and dancing abilities too! Todrick Hall is not only an incredible singer, he’s also an amazing dancer and choreographer! You should definitely check it out (if you haven’t already).
Todrick Hall “I Wanna Be on Glee”:
Todrick Hall is not currently signed to a label, but I don’t think he intends to. He doesn’t have an official website, but it seems as if he has resolved to using social media as his main source of communication. I have been following him for quite some time, and he post rather frequently enough to keep your attention. In fact, in 2011 he ran his own campaign to raise $30,000 by January 2012 to have enough money to continue his YouTube series which currently has over 218,000 subscribers. I suppose his campaign went well because he hasn’t stopped posting videos since he started. Check out his original song “Without U” featuring my previous Artist of the Week, Tori Kelly:
I found this song to be very clever and unique enough to show off his incredible writing skills. I even remember hearing it in various stores and restaurants as I was “out-and-about.” That is when I became really shocked to find that he wasn’t even signed to a label yet even after his claim to fame on American Idol. Perhaps he has chosen to build his career as an independent artist, shunning the support of a label to avoid the financial burden of an advance that may compromise his artistry and copyright royalties as a singer-songwriter as well. Do you think he can do it? Do you think this is where the music industry is headed? Todrick clearly seems to be content with his career right now, and he doesn’t appear to be seeking out any help from the majors.
Here’s the video of his audition for American Idol Season 9. I found it to be very clever and catchy, and the judges obviously did too because he received a unanimous vote to be put through to the next round. I can’t believe he wrote this on the plane to his audition! He really is a talented writer and musician. Here’s the video:
Being the clever writer that he is, I found his parody of Beauty and the Beast to be extremely hilarious and entertaining as well. He incorporated a lot of social trending topics and YouTube celebrities in the video, so I hope you find it just as amusing as I did.
Todrick Hall “Beauty and the Beat”:
Well, that’s all the info I have on Todrick Hall right now, but keep an eye out for him. He’s definitely capitalizing on a new music business model of how to sustain yourself as an independent artist without the once necessary backing of a major label. Stay tuned!
“American Idol (season 9).” Wikipedia. 2013. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Todrick_Hall