GRAMMY-nominated artist Justin Bieber was the recent guest for an installment of the GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY Camp — SoundCheck program. Hosted By The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter at the FedExForum, a group of local high school and college students were given the unique opportunity to experience a live soundcheck and engage in a question-and-answer session with Bieber, during which he discussed the evolution of his music, his artistic vision and his favorite aspects of his career.
"My vision as an artist is just to inspire people with what I do and always give it my best when I'm onstage," said Bieber. "And be a good person … and great at what I do."
A Stratford, Ontario, native now residing in Southern California, Bieber caught the attention of Scooter Braun after the talent manager discovered performance videos of the young artist on YouTube. With the help of Braun, Bieber landed an audition with GRAMMY winner Usher, who helped Bieber land a deal with Island Def Jam when the singer was only 15. Bieber's debut album, My World, was released in 2009 and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of Top 20 hits such as "One Less Lonely Girl." My World was certified platinum in 2010, just in time for Bieber to release his follow-up set, My World 2.0. The album peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 featuring the Top 5 single "Baby," and earned Bieber two GRAMMY nominations for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album.
In 2011 Bieber set a Billboard 200 record with the release of Under The Mistletoe, which became the first Christmas album by a male artist to debut atop the chart. The album was followed by Never Say Never: The Remixes, which marked the third No. 1 for Bieber, who became the first solo artist to achieve three No. 1 albums before turning 18. Bieber's latest release, Believe, was released June 19 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The album features the Top 10 hits "Boyfriend" and "As Long As You Love Me." Bieber is currently on tour throughout the United States, UK and Europe, with dates scheduled through March 2013.
The GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY Camp —SoundCheck program provides high school and college students a glimpse into the realities of music careers by offering them the opportunity to experience a soundcheck rehearsal with a recording artist, followed by an interactive and candid question-and-answer session.