DeStorm in 2012
|Also known as
||Arlington, Virginia, United States
||Baltimore, Maryland, United States
||Hip hop, R&B
||Rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, comedian, athlete, director, beatboxer, ghostwriter
||MysteryGuitarMan, Freddie Wong, Ray William Johnson, Talib Kweli, Smosh, Kina Grannis, Tay Zonday, Nice Peter, The Annoying Orange, PSY
DeStorm Power (pronounced day·storm) is an American YouTube personality, musician and comedian. He is the 160th most subscribed user as well as the 42nd most subscribed musician on YouTube. His channel, DeStorm, has more than 250 videos which, together, have been watched more than 196 million times, and have earned the channel over 1.3 million subscribers.
Life and career 
Power was born in Arlington, Virginia on January 30. After interning and ghostwriting at Atlantic Records, Universal, and various other record labels, Power set out to establish himself as a performer, using YouTube as a platform to share his singing, songwriting, and production skills with the online community. Power's videos are typically comedic, and also often incorporate rapping and beatboxing. He was an accomplished triple jumper and Master personal trainer, and was notably invited to the Olympic Trials. Power appeared as Mr. T in the first season of Epic Rap Battles of History. He is also the founder of the Multi Channel Network Forefront.TV which focuses on urban lifestyle and music.
YouTube channels 
Power's YouTube channel, registered under the username DeStorm, has more than 1,295,000 subscribers, and is used primarily for his musical endeavors. His videos on the channel have been viewed over 196,000,000 times. "Wuz Up World? (What's up World?)"—DeStorm's catch phrase—can be heard at the start or end of every video. DeStorm often composes and performs covers or Beatbox covers of well known songs or creates content for major brands such as Pepsi, GE, Yahoo and Nintendo. DeStorm also creates original content based upon subscribers' challenges and suggestions, like Rapping in alphabetical order  name dropping various movie titles. Power occasionally collaborates with other popular YouTube personalities and recording artists, such as Mystery Guitar Man, Freddie Wong, Ray William Johnson, Nice Peter and Kina Grannis. Power also competed in a commercial contest hosted by Heinz Ketchup and was a finalist. Despite the success of his YouTube channel, Power announced in 2013 that his next major song release will be televised on MTV. In April 2013, Power authored an op-ed on New Media Rockstars, detailing his concerns with the broken view counter on his DeStorm channel.
DeStormTV, Power's second YouTube channel is used primarily for blogging, motivational, and behind the scenes videos. As a former personal trainer and Olympic level triple jumper, Power also gives fitness tips to the 200,000+ subscribers of this channel.
The Power House 
The Power House, originally dubbed as PowerHouseStreetTeam, was designed to promote Power's first Mixtape release, Be Careful. It was run by his assistant at the time, Sasha Lee Kay, and included some behind the scenes footage of his studio and the music video shoot of Power's song, Instagram. The channel is now run by Power himself and serves as his third YouTube channel and is used primarily for fitness and daily vlogging. The channel relaunched on December 26, 2012, with a series called "How to lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks." After completing the goal, Power decided to continue with the videos calling them, "My Fit Life," but has turned primarily into a vlogging channel with fitness involved at the end of each video.
Notable videos and collaborations 
Be Careful 
A mixtape by DeStorm, Be Careful, was released May 1, 2012. Blais, Lone Monk, Christopher Charles, Alex J and Owen Hill Jr. were among the album's producers.
|Mixtape by DeStorm
||1 May 2012
|Singles from Be Careful
- "Finally Free"
Released: 28 November 2011
- "Love Signs"
Released: 15 February 2012
||"Anything You Want (feat. Christian Caldeira)"
||"See Me Standing (feat. Alexandra Govere)"
||"Hold That Pose"
||"Finally Free (feat. Talib Kweli)"
||"Watch Me 2012 (feat. Razi)"
||"Love All The Way"
At first when the album was released it was only in digital and physical CD form, but since May 1 limited edition USB keys with the album loaded onto them are being sold which were previously only available at a private launch party for the album.
Awards and nominations 
||American Music Awards
||New Media Honoree (Male)
||Best Web Musician
||DeStorm YouTube Channel
- ^ DeStorm Power (April 12, 2013). "Draw My Life". DeStorm. YouTube. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
- ^ "DeStorm about". DeStorm. YouTube. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
- ^ a b c d Richardson, Clem (February 12, 2010). "From YouTube to Vancouver: New media sultan, girlfriend to cover Winter Olympics - thanks to contest". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on December 20, 2011. Retrieved December 20, 2011.
- ^ "HOW TO: Become a YouTube Sensation". Mashable. November 9, 2010. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
- ^ a b Lazarowitz, Elizabeth (August 11, 2009). "He's jingling all the way: Brooklyn rapper DeStorm Power rhymes for Heinz 5G prize". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on December 20, 2011. Retrieved December 20, 2011.
- ^ "Epic Rap Battle: Mr. T Vs Mr. Rogers". BuzzFeed. September 15, 2011. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
- ^ "Forefront.TV hosts first ever live stream forefront comedy night". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
- ^ "Big Frame brands top channels together as forefront". Variety. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
- ^ "DESTORM RAPPING MOVIE TITLES". The Flint Skinny. Blogspot. September 10, 2010. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
- ^ Article on DeStorm Power at Remixthevideo.com. August, 2010.
- ^ a b DeStorm Power (April 19, 2013). "DESTORM POWER: CAN I COUNT ON YOUTUBE? [OP-ED]". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
- ^ "YOUTUBE STAR DeSTORM FREESTYLE RAP ... At the Gas Station". TMZ. February 22, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
- ^ DeStorm Power (March 13, 2012). "Be Careful Mixtape". Spinshop. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
- ^ Joshua Cohen (November 14, 2011). "Exclusive: DeStorm, Christina Grimmie, Karmin Receive Honors from American Music Awards". Tubefilter. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
- ^ "3rd Annual Nominees & Winners". Streamys. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
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