Had a great time meeting and chatting with YT darling Ryan Beatty the other day when I hosted GDLA for FOX. He's fast approaching 30-million views in 34-months give or take. Great voice. Clean cut look. 16-years old. Bieber more than a billion views in about 5 years. Clean cut. Has the voice.
But the comparisons, according to what Ryan said to me, stop there. Sure Justin paved the YouTube way and Ryan is full aware this has made his path to potential stardom (not to mention getting noticed at all) possible. However, Ryan is less pop, more his own artist.
However, there are some other similarities. A couple of years ago, I was in Nashville, backstage, with Justin when his world was exploding. Blowing up big time. Who was with the young Bieber? His mom.
Who was in the studio yesterday with Ryan Beatty as his world is on the precipice of possibly exploding? His dad. Yep. Family close by, constantly, has been very good for Bieber and it will be good for Beatty, too.
What Ryan doesn't have is what I like to call a "been-there, done-that" mentor. Bieber has Usher Terry Raymond IV. Usher to you and me. I met Usher early in his career as it was taking off, did stuff with him mid-way thru when he was on fire and then when he was with Justin. Sometimes 'talent', as performers (singers, actors, people in front of the camera) are referred in the business, can only understand talent and what a talent goes through. It's the 'if you haven't walked in my shoes, it's tough for you to really understand what I'm going through" kinda thing. Usher can alert Justin to an insane hair-pin, mountain curve on his career road BEFORE he gets there and possibly save him from sending his car(eer) off a cliff.
Don't see that a BTDT with Ryan. Justin also has an excellent manager in Scooter Braun. Ryan has one. Jury is out, as it should be at this point, if Ryan's manager is excellent.
Ryan is definitely in for a wild ride as his career (and passion) start to blow-up. Here is one more good thing in Ryan's favor; He told me has a season's pass to Six Flags Magic Mountain in his new hometown of Valencia. Clearly the kid likes a thrill ride. Those last about 2-minutes and you're done. I have a feeling the career ride he's on will be much longer than 2-minutes or the requisite 15-minutes. Ryan has much more than a season's pass, it's a 'fastpass' and those are the best passes of all and you never have to wait in line.