(Toronto, ON) – Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, today announced the signing of Toronto singer, songwriter and influencer Johnny Orlando.
With a combined social following of over 16 million fans and notable award nominations – most recently 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards nominee for Favorite Musical YouTube Creator and in 2017 Favorite Viral Music Artist – under his belt, Orlando is at the forefront of a new generation of Canadian musicians making a global impact.
After a sold-out 2017 North American and European co-headlining tour alongside long-time friend and collaborator Mackenzie Ziegler (the ‘Dance Moms’ alumni with a combined social following of 23 million) the duo reunite to release a new single with Universal Music Canada. “What If” is now available across all digital platforms.
“He’s just 15, but since the impressively young age of eight, Johnny has been shaping global culture and inspiring millions with his incredible musical talent,” said Jeffrey Remedios, President & CEO, Universal Music Canada. “Together, from our shared home base in Toronto, we’ll take Johnny and his music to Canadians and to the world.”
Johnny adds, “My team at Universal Music Canada already feels like an extension of my family. I’ve met so many talented people dedicated to helping me find my individual sound and making sure that the new music I’m working on is amazing. I’m so excited to be working with some of the most gifted musicians and songwriters that I’ve ever met, and I can’t wait for my fans to hear my new stuff, starting with ‘What If’ alongside Mackenzie.”
Co-written by Johnny, Mackenzie and a team of collaborators, “What If” cuts to the core of the fun and excitement of a having a crush – or a close friend who might be something more. After the success of their past projects, Orlando and Ziegler are set to do it all again with performance dates booked through August across Europe. Dates below.
“Mackenzie and I are really good friends and love working on music together and being creative,” said Johnny. “We’re very excited to announce our new single ‘What If’ and hope our fans love it as much as we do.”