BY Mstarz reporter , Mstarz reporter | Aug 13, 2012 03:41 PM EDT
Austin Mahone can thank YouTube for his ultimate rise-to-fame - when the 16-year-old pop singer began posting music videos and performances on the popular viral video website in 2011, he began to amass a huge cyberspace following. Anyone a fan of the mega pop star Justin Bieber? Be sure to give Mahone a listen, you may just find yourself a new musical obsession.
Here are some fun facts about the teen heartthrob you'll be happy to know ahead of the scene once Mahone starts popping up all over MTV.
Mahone's father died when he was 16 months old, and he grew up in Texas with his mom Michele.
Mahone's debut single "11:11" was released on February 14, 2012.
Mahone's first public interview was with Elvis Duran and the Morning Show on June 21st, 2012.
Mohane first began posting videos on YouTube with his friend, Alex Constancio.
As a true Belieber, Mahone paid tribute to the singer he looks up to most by covering the Bieb's single "Mistletoe" in October 2011. The tune became so popular that it eclipsed the views of the original.
Mahone plays the piano, guitar, and drums.
He began home schooling once he realized he wanted to pursue a career in the music industry.
He is currently single, and would consider dating a fan.
Check out a music video for "11:11" here, and visit Mahone's YouTube account for more goods.
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