As a devoted fan who‘s been following Bazzi‘s journey to stardom from the very start, I‘m thrilled to provide a comprehensive look at this talented young artist‘s background, musical style, and meteoric rise to fame. Here‘s everything you need to know about the breakout pop star behind hits like "Mine" and "Paradise".
Bazzi by the Numbers
Full name: Andrew Bazzi
Birthday: August 28, 1997
Hometown: Canton, MI
Genre: Pop, R&B
Instagram followers: 6 million
YouTube subscribers: 1.22 million
Net worth estimate: $4 million
Road to Stardom: From Canton to LA
Bazzi first started nurturing his musical talents while attending Canton High School in Michigan. He taught himself to become multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, bass, and drums. The son of Iranian immigrants, Bazzi began songwriting and producing tracks as a teenager. After graduation, he made the pivotal decision to pursue his passion rather than enroll in college.
In 2017, Bazzi took a huge leap of faith by moving to Los Angeles. He lived with friends while working on his debut single, "Mine." At first the sultry, guitar-driven track didn‘t gain much traction upon release. But fast-forward just a year later, and "Mine" completely transformed Bazzi‘s life.
The TikTok Phenomenon: "Mine" Goes Viral
In early 2018, the laidback jam "Mine" found a second lease on life through TikTok memes. As it soundtracked countless viral dance clips, "Mine" exploded in popularity. By February, it had charted on the Billboard Hot 100. In June, "Mine" peaked at #11, ultimately spending a total of 41 weeks on the chart.
The track was inescapable on Top 40 radio and streaming platforms like Spotify. Its infectious chorus "You so fuckin‘ precious when you smile" became imprinted on pop culture. To date, "Mine" has been certified 4x platinum with over 2 million copies sold in the U.S. alone. Bazzi became music‘s first true "TikTok famous" sensation.
Debut Album & Continued Chart Success
On the heels of "Mine‘s" breakthrough, Bazzi wasted no time capitalizing on the momentum. He dropped earworm tracks like "Beautiful" and "Paradise" featuring Camila Cabello. In October 2018, Bazzi released his first full-length album, Cosmic. It debuted at #14 on the Billboard 200.
The project showcased his signature laidback, pop-R&B fusion to great success. With support slots on tours with Justin Timberlake and Camila Cabello, Bazzi continued honing his live performance skills. He collaborated with electronic duo Cosmo‘s Midnight on the 2019 viral bop "Floatin‘."
Bazzi spent the next couple years opening for megastars like Shawn Mendes while carefully crafting his hotly anticipated sophomore record. Singles "Young & Alive" and "Renee‘s Song" have revealed a more mature musical direction.
Inside the Artistry: Influences, Style & More
As a vocalist, Bazzi stands out for his buttery smooth voice and effortless falsetto. His pop sensibilities fuse R&B melodies and electronic production for a chill, hip-hop-tinged sound.
Bazzi has cited artists like Justin Timberlake, John Mayer, and Chris Brown as major influences. The guitar in particular is woven into his musical identity. Lyrically, he writes about relationships and youthful love from an introspective point of view.
While his meteoric success story began on social media, Bazzi‘s talent and work ethic speak for themselves. He has all the makings of an icon-in-the-making who will be shaping the pop charts for years to come. I can‘t wait to see what he has in store next!