2013 Arthur Ashe Kids' Day Talent

ARIANA GRANDE

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Music has always been Ariana Grande's first love. In fact, long before millions of fans fell in love with the singer and actress as Cat Valentine on the hit Nickelodeon shows Victorious and Sam & Cat, she began professionally pursuing her musical career at only eight-years-old. After performing with symphonies around her native Florida, Ariana made her national television debut, singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the first-ever broadcast of the national anthem for the Florida Panthers. The breakout single for Republic Records, platinum-selling "The Way" featuring Mac Miller, is the best way to get to know Ariana. Over shimmering piano and a slick beat, her voice echoes soulfully before she carries an inescapable and impressive hook. The follow-up single, "Baby, I" is creating similar buzz--reaching #2 on the iTunes chart just hours after its release. Both are simply a prelude to her forthcoming full-length 2013 debut. Ultimately, the new album will welcome everyone into Ariana's world, and it's a wonderful place.
 

AUSTIN MAHONE

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At just 17 years old, singer/songwriter Austin Mahone is poised for stardom. Not only is Austin nominated for MTV’s Video Music Award "Artist to Watch," but his new hit single, "What About Love" has gained over 19.5 million views on YouTube and can be heard on top radio stations around the nation. Austin is currently touring on Taylor Swift’s RED Tour! Austin was one of a select few presenters at this year’s Billboard Music Awards where he presented "Best EDM Artist" alongside singer Kelly Rowland as well as opened at the 2013 Radio Disney Music Awards where he took home his first RDM award for the "Ultimate Breakout Star – Biggest Viral Artist". Not only does he have a solid fan base, known as "Mahomies," but the teen sensation is gaining a legion of loyal fans in the media as well. He’s hot on the press trail, appearing on the Today Show to a crowd of his screaming fans, features in Details Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Wall Street Journal, Live! With Kelly & Michael, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, E! News, Extra, The Insider, VH1 and MTV. Austin additionally has been featured on covers of J-14, Popstar!, M, Astro Girl, Quiz Fest and Twist.

FIFTH HARMONY

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Thanks to their show-stopping vocals, undeniable charisma, and genuine sisterly bond, Fifth Harmony have attracted a growing, devoted fanbase. "Miss Movin’ On" is the first single from Fifth Harmony’s upcoming debut album, which will be released by Epic Records and Syco Music later this year. The single premiered last week and was followed by a stunning debut performance on NBC’s The Today Show Summer Concert Series. The girls have been in the studio working on their debut album with The Suspex (Demi Lovato), The Monsters (Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez), J Kash (Kesha, Avril Lavigne), Lil’ Eddie (Usher, Pink), Toby Gad (Beyoncé, Fergie) and others. Multi-platinum-selling producer/songwriter Julian Bunetta (One Direction, Natasha Bedingfield), who worked with the girls on The X Factor, is executive-producing the album.

COCO JONES

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It would be hard to find another teen with the poise, chops, and confident charm of Coco Jones. With her debut Hollywood Records EP, "Made Of," the 15-year-old singer shows the world what her growing fan base already knows: Coco Jones is a spectacular talent of limitless potential. Sound like hype? In 2010, Coco emerged as a finalist on the Disney Channel’s "Next Big Thing" which led to a recurring role on "So Random" followed by her breakout role in the #1 Disney Channel movie "Let It Shine." The video for her first single, "Holla at the DJ," has surpassed 2.2 million YouTube views and garnered praise from MTV who likened Coco’s performance to a "young Beyonce." Blending straight-up dance with Adele-like harmonies, Coco’s second single "World is Dancing," just hit radio. Coco was recently named one of Essence.com’s "35 Under 35: Young, Black, and Amazing," placing her alongside Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, and Beyoncé. Her debut EP "Made Of" is available now on Hollywood Records.
 

LAWSON

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After racking up 5 top ten hits in their native U.K., Lawson are coming to America! The London-based four-piece consists of Andy Brown, Ryan Fletcher, Joel Peat and Adam Pitts and anticipation is building ahead of their debut U.S. album "Chapman Square" which reached number 4 on the British charts. Lawson have cut their teeth as a band opening up for the likes of Avril Lavigne, Jessie J and Bruce Springsteen on tour. Unsigned at the time, these shows marked a turn in fortunes for the band culminating in sold out performances at London's O2 Arena. Soon after, the band signed with Polydor Ltd. (UK) and four years after forming, Lawson had lift-off. Connecting with fans online, the boys have already built a massive fan base stateside, selling out shows in both New York and LA at the top of the year. Their first single "Learn To Love Again" goes to U.S. radio next month. For this ambitious quartet, "Chapman Square" is just the beginning and big success looms. The future is looking decidedly Lawson-flavored.

CAZZETTE

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From the house that brought you Avicii, comes Cazzette. The Swedish DJ duo is currently tearing up clubs worldwide with "Beam Me Up," a club banger with a hard-charging kick drum, an epic vocal track and dub bass drops designed to get the party going. Cazzette, aka Alexander Björklund and Sebastian Furrer, incorporate a variety of sounds into their dub house tracks, including aspects of trance, hip-hop and funk. They’ve been on the rise since making a huge splash in 2011 with their official remix of Avicii’s "Sweet Dreams." Since then, they’ve become the only group to have ever played the Ultra Music Festival’s headline stage three times in two years. Since launching their EJECT project on Spotify, Cazzette has topped Billboard’s dance charts and garnered a combined 8 million views on Vevo/YouTube. With an album coming on PRMD, through Island Def Jam Music Group, Cazzette is poised to become a major force in electronic music.

MISSY FRANKLIN

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After appearing as a celebrity guest in 2012 and performing in Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" flash mob, Missy Franklin returns to Arthur Ashe Kids' Day this year as co-host. One of the brightest stars in the sports world, the 18 year old recently became the most decorated female swimmer in World Championships history with nine gold medals. She also is the first female swimmer to win six gold medals at a single World Championships with her record-breaking performance in Barcelona, Spain. In her Olympic debut at the 2012 Summer Olympics at age 17, Missy won a total of five medals, four of which were gold. She swept the women's backstroke events, winning gold in both the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke. Her successes have earned her Swimming World's World Swimmer of the Year and the USA Swmming Swimmer of the Year award in 2012 as well as the FINA Swimmer of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012. She currently holds the world record in the 200-meter backstroke and American records in both the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke. As a member of the U.S. National Team, Missy also holds the world and American record in the 4×100-meter medley relay and the American record in the 4x100-meter free relay.
 
 

QUDDUS

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As an established television host and personality, Quddus has positioned himself as one of the hottest talents in entertainment. Quddus’ popularity among MTV fans and celebrities alike earned him a 2003 "Favorite TV Personality" nomination at the Teen Choice Awards. In 2005, TV Guide named Quddus as one of TV’s "Hottest New Stars," USA Today featured him as a "young hunk worth watching" and Teen People named him one of the "50 Sexiest Men Ever." In 2008, the New York Times called him "the Ryan Seacrest of the Hip-Hop Generation" while The Associated Press declared him "the Coolest Guy on Television." In 2012 he hosted Duets, ABC’s summer music competition franchise. In 2010, he launched Cambio Connect, a daily web series with wAOL and The Jonas Group. Most recently, Quddus hosted and Executive Produced THE Q SiDE for the premium YouTube channel LOUD and Electus, and hosted the inaugural Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park which streamed live to estimated 15 million people around the world. He is currently hosting and producing his second web series for Electus/LOUD as well as developing THE Q SiDE for television.

JEFF SUTPHEN

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Jeff Sutphen has a great talent for creating shows that engage kids and teens, whether he is behind the camera or in front of an audience. As host of Nickelodeon’s Figure It Out, Sutphen brings high-energy and laughs to the game show which challenges celebrities to guess kid contestants’ unique talents and skills. Prior to Figure It Out, Sutphen hosted all 3 seasons of Nickelodeon’s Emmy-nominated hit BrainSurge, for which he also served as a producer. He most recently hosted the ABC summer game show 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show from the producers of Wipeout and completed the first episode of his web talk show, "The Garage Show with Jeff Sutphen," in which he interviews celebrity guests from the comfort of his own garage (thegarageshowwithjeff.com).
 

Hess Express Stage Talent

BEFORE YOU EXIT

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Though the three brothers in Before You Exit are just in their teens, they had the talent, sophistication, and confidence to find their distinct pop-rock aesthetic through writing with songwriting heavyweights for their radio-ready debut. The Orlando, Florida-based band began a few years ago with brothers Connor McDonough, 19, (Vocals/Guitar) and Riley McDonough, 17, (Vocals), only recently did the band bring in younger brother Toby, 14, on vocals. The trio’ live gigs are augmented by Thomas Silvers (Drums) and Braiden Wood (Guitar). The three brothers have crafted a soaring pop rock album of uplifting relationship songs that effortlessly blend sharp hooks with bright and buoyant rock. The album standout and first single, "I Like That" is a tune with tenderly romantic lyrics and big pop-rock beat. In light of the many short lived and fly by night artists, this young, singer/songwriting, brother driven band, is one to be around for a while.

MEGAN NICOLE

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Megan Nicole is a 19-year-old Bad Boy/Interscope recording artist and superstar-in-the-making. With over 1,600,000 subscribers and more than 350 million video views, Megan’s remarkable rise to stardom began not very long ago after posting a Kings of Leon cover to YouTube. Fast forward to 2013, and Megan’s staying power is clear. With over 24 million views of her first original song "B-E-A-Utiful", Harve Pierre, president of Bad Boy, took notice and arranged a meeting between the young singer and Bad Boy founder/hip hop mogul, Sean "Diddy" Combs. Impressed, Bad Boy quickly scheduled a meeting with Jimmy Iovine, CEO of Interscope Records and Megan was signed to the label. With her infectious "Sumer Forever" single taking over the airwaves, Megan Nicole is currently in the studio finalizing her debut album, out later this year on Bad Boy/Interscope Records.

KENTON DUTY

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Born and raised in Plano, Texas, Kenton Duty can currently be seen as one of the stars of the Disney Channel hit series Shake It Up. The show premiered to a record breaking 6.1 million viewers and he’s also recorded two songs for the soundtrack. Kenton recently wrapped production on the indie film Silver Bells and he’s in post-production on Contest—a story about standing up to bullying (Kenton also co-wrote and recorded a song for the movie). Other film credits include Crazy on the Outside opposite Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver and Amazing Love: The Story of Hosea opposite Sean Astin. Kenton enjoys writing original music and being in the recording booth. Last Thanksgiving, he was the musical guest at the Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade before an audience of 500,000. He’s currently at work on his debut full-length album.

TREVOR JACKSON

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Trevor Jackson brings fresh flavor and fire to R&B but that's only one facet of this sixteen-year-old triple-threat. With his Atlantic Records debut on the horizon, the Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter stands primed to leave his mark on R&B/Pop music. In 2008, after appearing as "Young Simba" in Disney's three-year national tour of The Lion King, Jackson knew he wanted to sing. In 2012, he was cast as Kris McDuffy in the #1 Disney Channel hit movie Let It Shine, which led to a deal with Atlantic Records. Embracing influences such as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Chris Brown, Trevor’s now armed with veritable R&B anthems that temper his impressive sound with irresistible melodies. As evidenced by his breakout summer hit "Like We Grown," this youthful prodigy is ready for his biggest stage yet.

LUCKI GURLZ

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Lucki Gurlz are a pop & R&B singing and dancing group of five individually talented and diverse gurlz who love their sisterhood and the bond they share as a group. Recently, the Lucki Gurlz performed with Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion on Live with Kelly & Michael and The Late Show with David Letterman as well as events for Michelle Obama’s "Let's Move" 2013 anniversary with Mindless Behavior, Jacob Lattimore, R5 & Bella Thorne. Summer performances include the NJ State Fair at the Meadowlands, Hershey Park and the Broadway Mall. Lucki Starr, Lucki Zan, Lucki K, Lucki Sam & Lucki Bree are each individually talented entertainers who hope to inspire their young audience with their music and encourage female empowerment.

Players

SERENA WILLIAMS

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Serena Williams is the reigning US Open women's champion, which is just one of her 16 career Grand Slam singles crowns and just one of the 53 overall titles she has won in her illustrious career. Regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time, Serena is currently the No. 1 player in the world and also holds 13 career Grand Slam doubles titles with her sister Venus Williams. Always a fan favorite, Serena will be playing for the Serena Williams Foundation.

ROGER FEDERER

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Roger Federer is the men's all-time Grand Slam leader with a record 17 major titles and has been ranked No. 1 for the most total weeks of any men's player in history at 302. Regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time, his major titles include five US Opens as part of his incredible total of 77 career titles. He is also one of only seven men to have completed the career Grand Slam, winning titles at all four Grand Slam events. A long-time supporter of Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, Roger will be appearing on behalf of the Roger Federer Foundation.
 

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

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Novak Djokovic is the No. 1 player in the world and the holder of six Grand Slam singles titles, including the 2013 Australian Open. He has won 37 titles overall in his tremendous career, including three in 2013. Djokovic, known for his tremendous defense, speed and backhand, won three of the four Grand Slam singles titles in 2011, winning the Australian Open as well as his first career Wimbledon and US Open crowns. Nole will be participating to support the Novak Djokovic Foundation.
 
 

RAFAEL NADAL

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Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal has won 12 Grand Slam singles titles including the 2010 US Open. He captured his eighth French Open title earlier this year and also owns one Australian Open and two Wimbledon trophies. With 57 career singles titles, he has been ranked No. 1 in the world and also captured the Olympic gold medal in Beijing in 2008. At Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, Rafa will be competing for Fundación RafaNadal.

DAVID WAGNER

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David Wagner is the currently the No. 1 ranked quad singles and doubles player in the world. At the 2012 London Paralympics with partner Nick Taylor, the duo captured their third consecutive Quad Doubles gold medal and were named the 2011-2012 Paralympic team of the Year. The 2011 US Open champion, Wagner also led the U.S. to a first-place quad finish at the 2013 BNP Paribas World Team Cup in May.

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