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Look at this lil' nugget singing Chris Brown. Just listen and believe. He taught himself how to sing and play the guitar and piano. His mother used to upload YouTube videos just for familial entertainment.
Back in the day, Bieber was just a boy with his guitar. He used to "busk" outside the Avon Theatre in Stratford, Ontario.
Justin Bieber's talent was evident from a young age. He made a name for himself with just a guitar, camera, and YouTube. This cover of Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me River" is pretty stellar. (Turns out JT wanted to sign Bieber after hearing about him.)
As Bieber's fan-base increased, he would be asked to cover songs. Here's his version of Ne-Yo's "Because of You."