Summer's Biggest Hit

Saturday, August 26

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2017 ARTHUR ASHE KIDS' DAY PERFORMERS

SOFIA CARSON

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Hollywood Records/Republic Records recording artist Sofia Carson is a multi-hyphenate force who has already earned a number one album, with the chart-topping debut of the Descendants soundtrack, and has starred in four movies, with her fifth, Descendants 2 set premiere July 21 on ABC, Disney Channel, Lifetime, Disney XD and Freeform. Her loyal and vast fan-base (7 million followers on Instagram and 1.5 million likes on Facebook) continues to swell daily, and the budding talent received her first Teen Choice Award nomination last year for “Choice Music: Next Big Thing.” Her current hit, “Back To Beautiful” is the follow up to Sofia’s infectious debut single, “Love Is The Name,” which soared to the top of the Top 40 radio charts, and accumulated more than 81 million video views.

JACK & JACK

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Jack & Jack comprise two sides of a dynamic whole: Jack Johnson dexterously rapping and occasionally adding his own personal touch to the production, and Jack Gilinsky carrying stadium-size hooks and breaking hearts worldwide. With over 1.5 million singles moved and countless worldwide gigs sold out, the duo let both halves shine on their debut major label EP GONE via Island Records. The EP immediately hit the Top 10 iTunes Pop Chart in over 15 territories. Since emerging in 2013, Jack & Jack have quietly attracted one of the world’s most rabid audiences, encompassing over 30 million cumulative followers across social media platforms. They’ve shared the stage with superstars such as Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes, Demi Lovato and many others. With extensive touring planned, Jack & Jack, dubbed “the future” by Timbaland, continually prove why they’re “two-of-a-kind.”

ALEX AIONO

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A 21-year-old singer/songwriter who plays a half-dozen instruments and first amassed a following of millions creating his own “flipped” versions of popular songs, including his “One Dance” mash-up which has gone on to amass more than 57 million views. Newly signed to Interscope Records, and in the midst of recording his first full-length album, Alex Aiono delivered his first official single “Work the Middle” earlier this year to great acclaim. The follow-up song “Question” is out now as Aiono kicks off his North American tour with Sabrina Carpenter. With his live shows, as well as 2.4 million Instagram followers, 5 million YouTube subscribers and over half a billion views, most impressive is how engaged Alex’s fan are with every song, image and post, finding refuge in his alluring energy.  Alex is currently on a 34-date summer tour across the U.S. and Canada.

NEW HOPE CLUB

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Comprised of Northern England natives Blake Richardson, George Smith and Reece Bibby, New Hope Club first bonded over their shared mission of making anthemic yet acoustic-guitar-driven pop music. Less than a year after that summer 2015 meeting, the band embarked on a European tour with The Vamps, playing to crowds of 10,000 a night. On their debut EP, Welcome To The Club, New Hope Club channel that energy into songs with sing-along-ready melody and richly textured guitar parts. Featuring all three members on vocals and guitar – with Reece playing bass as well – the EP builds off the bright and breezy pop of breakout single “Fixed” with elements of electronic music and R&B. Now out on their first North American tour with label-mate Sabrina Carpenter, New Hope Club are thriving on delivering unstoppable live shows.

TENNIS PLAYERS

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Roger Federer is the men's all-time Grand Slam leader with a record 19 major titles, including trophies this year at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. He's held the No. 1 ranking for the most total weeks of any men's player in history, at 302. Regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, hhe has won five US Opens (2004-2008) as part of his incredible total of 93 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 longtime supporter of Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, Roger is participating for the 10th year and will be appearing on behalf of the Roger Federer Foundation.

Click here for more on Federer's 2017 appearance.

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SAVING FOREVER

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Saving Forever are three teenage brothers from the South Side of Chicago (13-year-old singer Khaden Harris, 15-year-old bassist Kye Harris and 16-year-old guitarist Kavah Harris), who make a powerful case for themselves with their upcoming debut EP on Epic Records. The music is a combo of everything they love, with acclaimed first single “Twenty 1” and the buoyant dance-rock tune “Million Ways” particular standouts. “We love Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, DNCE and Paramore. We’re inspired by so much music, everything from hip-hop to blues to R&B to jazz to rock to punk, says Kye. But the best thing about Saving Forever, the boys all agree, is being in a band with their brothers. “It’s about the bond we have with each other. This is a family affair.”

SKYLAR STECKER

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Skylar Stecker is coming off a prolific year in which she released her debut album "This Is Me," undertook two national tours, sung the Star Spangled Banner to over 100,000 at Lambeau Field, recorded the theme song to Disney's RDMA's "Cherry on Top," and hit No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Chart with "Sweet Dreams," her collaboration with the electronic duo JX RIDERS. Showing no signs of slowing down in 2017, Skylar has been named Radio Disney’s “Next Big Thing” and launched her new single “Only Want You." She’s also featured in iHeart Radio's & Macy’s “Rising Star” campaign and recorded the title theme/end credit song in the Warner Bros. film “Everything, Everything”. As audiences continue to discover Skylar Stecker's dynamic voice, only more adventures will unfold for this musical young artist.

SPENCER SUTHERLAND

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Singer-songwriter Spencer Sutherland's music is a unique blend of pop, RnB and soul. He got his start singing in restaurants in his hometown of Pickerington Ohio, a small suburb near Columbus. He’s now based in L.A. where he’s writing and recording new music when not touring. He was most recently honored to be selected as iHeart Radio's "Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month" on The Today Show where he made his national TV debut. He was also named Top 5 for iHeart Radio/Macy's Rising Star. Spencer newest hit single, “Selfish” can be heard on multiple Apple Music pop playlists, Sirius XM's - Venus, Spotify and select iHeart Radio Stations. In addition to his singing career, Spencer is an actor and signed to Ford Models.

AJA9

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Soulful and fresh at only 13, Aja9 is one-to-watch in the music industry with a voice beyond her years. She made her debut in the music business at 10 years old when she was declared the winner of Perez Hilton’s “Can You Sing” competition for her touching rendition of Sia’s “Chandelier.” Aja9 can currently be heard on DJ Gazzo’s hit single “Heart Won’t Beat,” which has reached the Top 10 on Radio Disney. Now feeling like a veteran in a recording studio, she’s following her passion, writing and recording. “Sometimes I give attitude, sometimes I’m sweet, but I really try to make sure I only sing the songs where I feel the lyrics. If it’s emotional for me, then I think it will be emotional for other people, too.” 

SUMMER VALENTINE

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Summer Valentine is a teen urban/pop singer, rapper, dancer and actor from Philadelphia, PA, as well as a social media influencer with over 100K followers. She's been a featured artist at the NY Marathon, Webster Hall, Wells Fargo Arena, Gramercy Theatre, and the United Nations Social. She's performed with artists such as Justine Skye, IM5, PNB Rock and Beyonce's protege Sophie Beem. Summer has recently been named a 2017 United Nations Goodwill Youth Music Ambassador. She recently released the video for her breakthrough single for “Type of Way.”

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