Music chooses certain artists.

Since the age of three, Christian Lalama has felt an innate calling to perform and has followed it at every turn. Even the briefest scroll through YouTube will turn up footage of him at four-years-old rocking a restaurant behind the piano in his hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario as onlookers cheer and smile. The singer, performer, and multi-instrumentalist identified the power of music as soon as he could talk, and he immediately shared it with everyone possible. Now 16, he’s quietly positioned himself for a major breakthrough by a decade devoted to entertaining.

“When you’re super into a song you’re recording or performing, everybody just knows it,” he exclaims. “I love what I’m doing, and I love for others to get that vibe.”

He most certainly put the work in. Born into a musically inclined family, he won a contest at ten-years-old to perform as part of The Kid Mitchell Band—founded by renowned Canadian artist Kim Mitchell. One short year later he found himself performing in front of 10,000 screaming fans opening for Kim in between belting out classics by Elton John and Billy Joel at solo gigs and honing his piano chops.

Shortly after, he toured Canada as part of Mini Pop Kids and the U.S. Building up a buzz, he recorded alongside producers such as David Kahne [Paul McCartney, Kelly Clarkson] and multiplatinum artist and producer Dawin.

Simultaneously, he ignited YouTube, generating millions of views on a steady stream of covers recorded D.I.Y. in front of the family green screen. Among those videos, his cover of Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” sung over a Wal Mart intercom would be shared by Jack Doherty and rack up 10 million-plus plays. Along the way, he earned early acclaim from TigerBeat, Entertainment Tonight Canada, and more.

In 2018, Lalama landed a deal with Atlantic Records and started to properly introduce listeners to his own signature sound with singles “Tic Toc” and “FrFr.” Since his debut, he’s worked tirelessly, crafting his sound both inside and outside the studio, merging R&B and pop with his own fire, fervor and flavor. He’s also continued sharing his adored covers with fans, uploading a new performance video each week and garnering over 3 million views in less than a year. Ushering in an exciting new era, Christian kicks off 2020 with the release of “Miss Me,” produced by Roark Bailey (Lil Uzi Vert, Summer Walker, Playboi Carti).

“Music means everything to me,” he shares. “It’s my way to connect. I want to put people in a good mood.”