Summer's Biggest Hit

Saturday, August 26

USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

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.”

WHY DON'T WE

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Since forming in October 2016, the rising dance-pop group Why Don't We members have enjoyed several moments they describe as “surreal,” including hearing their single, “Something Different” on L.A.’s influential KIIS FM for the first time, watching their latest EP, “Why Don’t We Just”, hit No. 1 on the iTunes Pop chart, and learning that their headlining tour sold out. Each member was a rising solo artist with an individual fan following in his own right before they met through a series of national tours and decided to pool their talents. Why Don’t We has released three EPs, their debut “Only The Beginning” and this year’s “Something Different” and “Why Don’t We Just” — the latter peaking at No. 1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artist chart and No. 2 on its Heatseekers and Next Big Sound charts. They recently signed to Atlantic Records. 

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.

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.”

TENNIS PLAYERS

ROGER FEDERER

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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, he 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.

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RAFAEL NADAL

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Two-time US Open champion Rafael Nadal is returning to Arthur Ashe Kids' Day for the eighth time, having first participated in 2005. The prospective No. 1 seed at this year's Open, Nadal has won a staggering 15 Grand Slam titles throughout his career, including the 2010 and 2013 US Opens. Since turning pro in 2001, he has collected 73 titles and more than $86 million in prize money. The Spaniard has also thrived representing his country, winning a gold medal in singles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and in doubles at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. He's led Spain to four Davis Cup titles, most recently in 2011. Nadal is known as perhaps the greatest clay-court player of all time. His win at the 2017 French Open made him the only player in the Open era, man or woman, to win a single Grand Slam 10 times. Nadal is also a three-time recipient of the ATP Player of the Year award and was selected as the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year in 2011 for this work with the Rafa Nadal Foundation.

ANGELIQUE KERBER

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Defending US Open champion Angelique Kerber will be participating in her first Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day. The former world No. 1 holds 21 career singles titles, including the 2016 Australian Open, which made her the first German to win a Grand Slam title since Steffi Graf at the 1999 French Open. She has amassed more than $20 million in prize money and has finished ranked in the Top 10 each year since 2013. Kerber was voted the 2016 WTA Player of the Year by international media and fans.

VENUS WILLIAMS

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Two-time US Open champion Venus Williams returns to Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day once again in 2017. In total, Venus holds an astounding 49 career titles and has earned more than $37 million in prize money since she turned pro in 1994. In addition to her two US Open titles, Venus has won five Wimbledon crowns, 14 women's doubles Grand Slam titles, a singles gold medal, three doubles gold medals and a mixed doubles silver. She has also played for the U.S. Fed Cup team since the late 1990s, posting a 23-4 overall record and leading the U.S. to the title in 1999. 2017 has been a banner year for Venus, who has reached the final at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon, making her the only woman to appear in two Grand Slam finals on the season. Off the court, Venus is an established and successful businesswoman, juggling the demands of multiple businesses with her training.

CICI BELLIS

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CiCi Bellis is one the brightest young stars in women’s tennis and the youngest player in the Top 50. The former junior No. 1 first made waves at the 2014 US Open, when the then 15-year-old defeated No 12. seed Dominkia Cibulkova to become the youngest player to win a main-draw singles match at the US Open since Anna Kournikova in 1996. Since then, Bellis has had a steady ascent, capturing four ITF Pro Circuit/WTA International events in 2016. She reached a career-high rank of 37 in August after advancing to her first WTA Premier-level semifinal at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif. 

JARED DONALDSON

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Jared Donaldson is one of the most promising young U.S. players and is the currently the highest-ranked American among the ATP NextGen set. Last year, he upset No. 12 seed David Goffin en route to the third round at the US Open and reached the final at the USTA Pro Circuit event in Savannah, and he kept the momentum going in 2017. Earlier this year, the 20-year-old reached the quarterfinals at two Challengers, and he recently reached the third round at Wimbledon and the round of 16 in Montreal and quarterfinals in Cincinnati, both Masters 1000 events. Those results have helped Donaldson surge in the rankings; he reached a career-best No. 58 in July to make him one of three U.S. players age 20 or younger in the Top 100.

FRANCES TIAFOE

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Top 100 player and American NextGen contender Frances Tiafoe has had an exciting year. The 19-year-old captured back-to-back Challenger singles titles in Florida and France in May, and he picked up his first Grand Slam win in January at the Australian Open. Tiafoe, a Maryland native, reached a career-best ranking in of No. 60 in July. Before turning pro, Tiafoe was a standout on the junior circuit, becoming the youngest boy to win the Orange Bowl, at just 15 years old.

 

ERNESTO ESCOBEDO

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 Ernesto Escobedo has enjoyed a breakout 2017, climbing to a career-best No. 67 in July to make him one of three U.S. players age 20 or younger in the Top 100. Playing on the USTA Pro Circuit and ITF Pro Circuit, Escobedo rose through the rankings by capturing two Challengers in 2016, and he surged this year qualifying and reaching the second round at the 2017 Australian Open and following that up by qualifying for the Masters 1000 tournament in Miami and advancing to his first ATP semifinal, at the U.S. Clay Court Championships in Houston. He also played in the main draw at this year’s French Open and Wimbledon.

CLAIRE LIU

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World No. 1 junior Claire Liu has had an impressive year. The 19-year-old won her first Grand Slam junior singles title earlier this summer on the London Lawns at Wimbledon, making her the first American to claim the girls’ singles title since Chanda Rubin in 1992. In addition, the California resident reached the girls’ singles final at Roland Garros and took the titles at the Easter Bowl and Roehampton, both major junior events.

BRIENNE MINOR

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Rising University of Michigan junior Brienne Minor claimed the NCAA women’s singles title earlier this year as an unseeded player. Her win made her the first African-American to win an NCAA Division I singles title since Arthur Ashe and the first-ever African-American woman to do so. The Illinois native was named the 2016-17 Michigan Female Athlete of the Year, becoming the second women's tennis athlete to earn the honor, and was named an ITA All-American in each of her two collegiate seasons. 

FESTIVAL STAGE hosted by RADIO DISNEY

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.” 

SKY KATZ

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Nurturing an impressive body of work that encompasses television and music, Sky Katz is one of Hollywood's most talked about young talents. Sky stars as spunky neighbor “Tess” in Disney Channel's new series Raven's Home, a spinoff of the iconic sitcom That's So Raven. Sky was previously a contestant on season 11 of America's Got Talent, where she wowed the judges, audience members and home viewers with her impressive rapping skills and freestyle. Influenced by rap musicians from across all generations and styles, this 12-year-old free spirit immediately caught national attention. Additional performances include: The Harry Connick Jr. Show, New York Knicks Halftime Show at Madison Square Garden, SXSW, New York Fashion Week's Rookie USA Fashion Show, the Winter Film Awards and McDonald's Houston Children's Festival.

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.”

NATIONAL ANTHEM

KIALANI MILLS

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From Litchfield Park, Ariz., 11-year-old Kialani Millis is both a singer and a tennis player. Kialani has performed in front of thousands, singing the National Anthem at various sporting events across the country. A dynamic performer who loves the spotlight, she also recently had her first theatre experience. Having made her Arthur Ashe Stadium debut during the women’s semifinals last year, Kialani is excited to be returning to the US Open where her love of music and tennis are combined. 

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