Sat, 25 Feb 2012 02:17:31 GMT | By Jackie Burns
We still Believe - Justin Bieber in pictures

Small town, big dreams

A young Justin Bieber busks in Stratford, Ontario (© Irving Shuter/Getty Images)
  • Justin Bieber performs on the X Factor (© Ray Mickshaw/FOX via Getty Images)
  • Justin Bieber with his mother Pattie Mallette in early 2010 (© Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Time Inc)
  • A young Justin Bieber busks in Stratford, Ontario (© Irving Shuter/Getty Images)
  • Bieber fans wait to catch a glimpse of Justin Bieber (© Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
  • Justin Bieber performs Never Say Never with Jaden Smith (© Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
  • Justin Bieber and BFF Ryan Butler at a Toronto Raptors game (© Central Image Agency/FilmMagic - soccer)
  • Justin Bieber performs (© Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
  • Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber at the White House Correspondents dinner (© Larry Busacca/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)
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For Stratford, Ontario natives, Justin Bieber was known as the little kid with the big voice who spent his spare time busking with his guitar on the quiet downtown streets. Not even in his teens yet, but already so full of talent, having started playing the drums and jamming with his mother's music-loving pals when he was just three years old. It wouldn't be long before his mom would start uploading YouTube videos of her boy belting out his favourite R&B covers, performances that would eventually earn an impressive online following and attract the attention of Usher, who quickly signed the 14-year-old in a joint partnership with L.A. Reid's Island Def Jam label.