Certain musicians believe that a song is better when children sing as part of it. This trope, however, is the concept taken just a little further; the children ''are'' the credited performers.

The reasons vary. Perhaps [[{{Nepotism}} one of the parents is a musician or a producer and is getting the kids involved young.]] Perhaps a StageMom really wants it to happen. Perhaps this is tied into something commercial. Perhaps the kids themselves are DoingItForTheArt. Often, because [[ObservationOnOriginality they don't know what they're doing,]] [[SturgeonsLaw they will sound bad]]; but you can find a ChildProdigy here and there.

Child popstar may join a BoyBand as they mature, assuming they can bear to give up the instrument. Indeed, several boy bands initially fit here. Others become {{Teen Idol}}s.

Not to be confused with KidsRock, in which a children's ''choir'' sings backing to a performer.


[[AC:Fictional Examples:]]
* ''TheBradyBunch'' Kids
* It is implied that the incomplete ending version of "Dreams Dreams" on ''[[NightsIntoDreams NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams]]'' is sung by either Helen or Will, depending on who you clear the game as. Even before that, Helen herself is revealed to be good at the violin.
* Exaggerated in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', in which Stewie Griffin tries to get an appearance on Meg Griffin's album.
* An episode of ''BabyLooneyTunes'' saw the cast form a band for Granny. It went as well as could be expected of a gang of infants.
* Lil' Kunt, actually a puppet employed by British musican Kunt And The Gang.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' does this for a sizeable portion of its numbers.
* In an episode of ''TheFlintstones'', Pebbles and Bam-Bam become singing sensations. It turns out to be a [[AnxietyDreams bad dream]] of Fred's about his little girl leaving him.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' often overlaps this with FromTheMouthsOfBabes.
* ''Film/StreetFighterTheLegendOfChunLi'' portrayed Chun-Li as a ChildProdigy at the piano.
* ''Film/TheGarbagePailKidsMovie'': featured a rather shoehorned-in musical number courtesy of the titular tykes.
* ''HomeMovies'' - in an episode highlighting guitar genius Dwayne's fretting over a competition, Brendon, Melissa and Jason start a band - and they are ''awful!''
* Dani from ''Webcomic/CampWeedonwantcha'' was this trope, until his fame was superseded by another singer, eventually leading to his parents abandoning him at the titular camp.

[[AC:Real Life]]
* Swedish CultClassic Arvid Tuba started at 13, although he didn't release stuff until he was 15.
* {{Bjork}} started out as one.
* Black Out Band, better known for "Video Games"
* Cex, oddly enough; featured on the Starship Galactica EP was a version of said song done when he was a little kid.
* Charlotte Church
* Experimental band Ctephin comprises, for the most part, a married couple and their eldest daughter, but sometimes invoke this trope when the whole family, some of which aren't even ten, join in.
* MileyCyrus began her musical career at 12 going on 13 with HannahMontana.
* [=Dev2.0=] a one-off {{Music/Devo}} tribute.
* Included on Dokaka's debut album were some snippets and recordings he did when he was a small child.
* HarshNoise musician Elizabeth Floersch claims she has been classically trained "from a young age."
* Girls With Attitude
* Music/{{Hanson}}, when they started.
* [[http://www.libera.org.uk/ Libera]]
* Menudo used to be.
* The Jackson Five started as young children.
* Hailie Jade allegedly held the record as the youngest charting performer for the song "[[{{Eminem}} My Dad]]'s Gone Crazy".
* Music/KidzBop
* Music/LadyGaga, who started playing piano ''at age four.''
* Lil Bow Wow started when he was still too young for high school. Indeed, he was once on the Guinness Book of World Records by sheer dint of his age.
* LilWayne started when he was twelve.
* Series/TheNakedBrothersBand, at least initially.
* Oblive admitted in a May 2011 interview for Musique Machine that when he was eleven, he tried to form a punk band.
* Two members of ThePartridgeFamily
* Prussian Blue were a teen vocal duo who made pop music for the neo-Nazi/white supremacist movement. This is actually what they were, not a [[PoesLaw satirical premise]]. To their credit they eventually broke free of this direction, as well as brainwashing from the adults around them.
* [=RedSK=] started when he was ten.
* Before getting into the business as Scissor Shock in 2003, Adam Cooley spent from age 12 to his puberty as Stagedive Suicide.
* Connie Talbot reached second place in the first series of ''Series/BritainsGotTalent'' in 2007, at the age of six. She has released four full albums and an EP since.
* Notoriously, there's the Tangerine Awkestra, a jazz ensemble composed of 3-7 year olds who had been played free jazz recordings and Art Ensemble of Chicago albums.
* Violent JJ
* Vziel Projet was 13 when his career (and with it, his netlabel) kicked off in earnest, although he has recordings dating back to age 5.
* Willow Smith
* Stevie Wonder, back when he was credited as "the twelve year old genius" -- from the beginning, he played the piano, harmonica and percussion and he was about seven in the beginning.
* CodySimpson
* GreysonChance
* Death Angel drummer Andy Galeon was only ''14'' when the band's debut album was recorded. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AooZ9L6L1KU You'd never know that to listen to it.]]
* Salserín, a ''salsa orchestra'' full of these. One of their signature songs is even named "Bebé Salsero", "salsa-singing baby", always given to the youngest member (the kid who first recorded it was about four years old at the time). On first their popularity peak in the mid-to-late 1990's they got a movie and a short soap-operas; then two of their oldest singers, the brothers Servando and Florentino Primera, left the band and became a latin pop TeenIdol duo, in a move that give them another teen soap and a movie deal.
* CountryMusic has had several:
** Brenda Lee first started charting at age 12. Her most famous song, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", charted when she was 14.
** [=LeAnn=] Rimes' career had been fostered before she hit double digits, but "Blue" broke her through at age 14.
** Billy Gilman was 12 when "One Voice" made him the youngest solo male with a Top 40 country hit.
** Ashley Gearing was also 12 when she barely charted with "Can You Hear Me When I Talk to You?", breaking Lee's record for the youngest female to chart a Top 40 country hit. However, her career never took off.
** Music/HunterHayes had been a child prodigy who won accordion contests as early as age 4. His major label career didn't begin until he was 20, though.
* Child opera prodigy JackieEvancho.
* No one from Music/JobForACowboy was over the age of sixteen when they formed.
* Music/{{Lorde}} was 15 when her extended play ''Music/TheLoveClub'' was released, which featured her first hit "Royals". In fact, the song was first discovered when an agent heard her sing it at a school talent show (!) and got her to record it.
* Mini pop group S Club Juniors (later S Club 8). Spun off from the already-successful Music/SClub7 (later S Club), the group was made up of 8 children, all 11 and 12 years old when their first single was released. They had 2 hit albums and about 6 singles before breaking up some 4 years later. Some of the 8 children have gone back to normal(ish) lives, while the rest went on to be in other pop groups (notably Frankie Sandford, the lead female singer of S Club Juniors, who went on to be 1/5th of Music/TheSaturdays).
* Everyone in Noisem was under the age of 20 when they formed as Necropsy; while the majority of the band is at least 20 at this point, Tyler Carnes is still 19 and Harley Phillips is only ''16''.
* Nikki Yanofsky's professional career began at age 9, when she sang on an Music/EllaFitzgerald tribute compilation. By the time she turned 20, Quincy Jones had already taken notice.
* A few members of the Osmond family were this. Perhaps most notable is Jimmy Osmond, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff who became the youngest UK #1 artist]] at just 9 years old.