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2018 ARTHUR ASHE KIDS' DAY PERFORMERS

CNCO

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Just two years after its formation, the Latin GRAMMY®-nominated phenomenon CNCO (pronounced C-N-C-O) has become one of Latin pop's most influential and prolific hit-makers. Comprised by five young Latinos of different nationalities – Christopher (Ecuador), Erick Brian (Cuba), Joel (México), Richard (Dominican Republic) and Zabdiel (Puerto Rico), - the group emerged from Univision's musical competition La Banda, which was executive-produced by Simon Cowell's SYCO Entertainment, global icon Ricky Martin, Univision Communications, and Haim Saban's Saban Brands. CNCO has broken all barriers and established themselves as an unstoppable global force. Their recent sophomore album debuted #1 in 13 countries across the Americas, including the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Argentina and Chile, and Top 20 in more than 30 countries in four continents. During 2017, CNCO sold out 40 concerts in 15 different countries and joined Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull on their North American tour. The quintet is conquering each corner of the planet regardless of cultural or language barriers and set to be one of the most prestigious Latin acts in recent history. 

ECHOSMITH

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Multi-platinum alt-pop sibling trio Echosmith recently returned with their bold, synth-driven radio single, “Over My Head,” the band’s most evolved sound to date since the Inside A Dream EP, following their breakout success with the debut album Talking Dreams and its triple-platinum hit, “Cool Kids” and platinum-certified “Bright.” Inside A Dream quickly earned critical acclaim from the likes of Billboard, Vulture, MTV, and Substream Magazine, adding to the list of rave reviews for the band from ELLE, Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, NYLON, and more in praise of their distinctive melody-minded, New Wave-influenced sound. Since forming in 2009, the Sierotas – Sydney (vocals/keyboard), Noah (vocals/bass), and Graham (drums) – have played to crowds of thousands at sold-out shows across the U.S. and Europe and performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Today Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Conan, and more.

IN REAL LIFE

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Sergio Calderon, Michael Conor, Chance Perez, Andrew Ramos and Brady Tutton all come from different backgrounds, but share a common gift of musical ability. They are the first band in history to be voted together by America on ABC’s 2017 summer reality competition, Boy Band. Earlier this year, the band released their second single, “Tattoo (How ‘Bout You),” which soared to #28 at Top 40 radio and was #3 most added in its first week, on the heels of “Eyes Closed,” written by Justin Tranter, which they performed on the Boy Band finale. The band has already amassed a loyal following of fans, and performed on Good Morning America, Live! With Kelly & Ryan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, MTV's Total Request Live, Despierta America, and the Disney Channel Holiday Celebration. They recently debuted the video for their follow-up summer hit “Tonight Belongs to You”.

AJ MITCHELL

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Teenage singer-songwriter AJ Mitchell gained attention for his signature pop/R&B sound after posting covers and original material on Instagram, where he’s attained 1.5 million followers. The Bellville, Illinois-native started posting videos at age thirteen because “I needed to hear feedback from someone other than my parents,” he says with a laugh. AJ’s radio-ready single “Girls,” off his recently-released major label debut EP Hopeful (Epic Records), proves his writing talent is infectious and that he’s out to evoke a specific vibe. “I want people to dance and be able to relate to my music.” The singer-songwriter says the lyrics stemmed from the advice he’s received most often through his journey: Don’t get a girlfriend! “It’s good advice,” he laughs. “They can be distracting. But they give me a lot to write about.” Attached or not, he’ll find plenty to address on the road ahead.

KIM PETRAS

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Somewhere between nineties American pop and eighties European disco, rises the undeniable voice of Kim Petras. Her 2017 breakout debut single “I Don’t Want It At All” unlocks her world. The track quickly amassed more than 10 million Spotify streams and went to #1 on the Spotify Global Viral 50 Chart just four days after release. More recently, “Heart To Break” has quickly racked up over 10 million Spotify streams, bringing her total streams to over 41 million. The video for “Heart to Break,” a delectable pop fantasy that sees Kim re-imagined as a modern day Disney princess finding her dream man, reached 2 million YouTube views in less than two weeks bringing Kim’s total YouTube views to more than 9 million. Kim recently announced that she will be joining Troye Sivan’s The Bloom Tour later this fall and released her latest power-pop anthem “Can’t Do Better.”

SKAI JACKSON

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Skai Jackson was most recently seen as Zuri Ross in the Disney Channel comedy series BUNK'D. The role, which reprised from the hit series Jessie, earned Jackson a 2016 NAACP Award nomination in the category of ‘Outstanding Performance by a Youth.’ Her other television roles include appearances on Boardwalk Empire, Royal Pains, Rescue Me, Sesame Street and the pilot Louie, as well as a starring role in Hallmark Channel’s The Watsons Go to Birmingham. Additionally, Jackson has voiced various characters for Dora the Explorer, Bubble Guppies, Team UmiZoomi and Kick Buttowski. She also recently starred on the big screen alongside Dwayne Johsnon in GI Joe 2, The Smurfs Movie, Arthur, Liberty Kid and The Rebound. Skai is a passionate advocate for anti-bullying and is quickly becoming a household name and a role model for younger generations using her large following to stand up to bullies on social media. 

ALEX AIONO

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22-year-old L.A.-based singer/songwriter Alex Aiono first amassed a following creating his own “flipped” versions of popular songs, including his “One Dance” mash-up which now has more than 63M views. Aiono has since released five original songs – “Work The Middle,” “Question,” “Does It Feel Like Falling feat. Trinidad Cardona,” “One At A Time feat. T-Pain,” and “Thinking About You,” – which he performed on his North American Feels Like Tour 2018. He also released “Hot2Touch” with Felix Jaehn and Hight, a #1, which has been certified Platinum in Germany with over 110M streams. While continuing to host for Radio Disney, touring as an artist and accumulating 2.4 million Instagram followers, 5.8 million YouTube subscribers and three-quarters of a billion views, Alex’s fans are engaged with every song, image and post, finding refuge in his alluring energy. Aiono is currently working on his debut album for Interscope Records. 

SHINE MSD

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Shine MSD – is a non-profit 501(c)(3) founded by Marjory Stoneman Douglas drama students after the school shooting on February 14, 2018 to support victims’ families and heal the Parkland community through the arts.  The organization takes its name from the original song, “Shine,” written by MSD drama students Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Pena. What began as a personal healing journey, channeling their pain and anger into the writing of the song, quickly evolved into what has become an anthem for a generation determined to make a change in the world. Shine MSD was formed to teach the power of artistic expression and to give the students a platform to find their own voice.  The non-profit currently runs Camp Shine providing free drama, music and art therapy to MSD students. Sawyer, Andrea and their families and friends realized the power of healing through artistic expression, and the positive impact the arts has in inspiring hope and unity in the aftermath of tragedy.

RADIO DISNEY'S MORGAN

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Morgan Tompkins is a television host and radio personality for Disney/ABC Television Group. His daily national show on Radio Disney has been a platform for appearances by music's biggest and brightest stars, including Backstreet Boys, BTS, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry and many others. Morgan also appears frequently on Disney Channel, Freeform, Marvel networks and others. He has interviewed many of your favorite stars on red carpets at Hollywood's biggest premieres, like The Avengers, Beauty & The Beast, Thor and Guardians of The Galaxy. In addition to hosting live events all over the country, Morgan is also the digital host for the return of American Idol on ABC and for the past four years has served as the stadium host and voice for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

TENNIS STARS

SERENA WILLIAMS

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Six-time US Open champion Serena Williams is lauded as one of the greatest athletes of all time. Serena has won a staggering 23 Grand Slams, inlcuding the 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014 US Open. She has amassed over $86 million dollars in prize money, and represented the United States on both the Fed Cup and Olympic teams. She has finished world No. 1 ranked five seasons. In 2012, Williams became only the second woman to complete the Golden Career Grand Slam. In Sept. 2017, she gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. 

RAFAEL NADAL

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Three-time US Open champion Rafael Nadal is returning to Arthur Ashe Kids' Day for the ninth time, having first participated in 2005. The world ranked No. 1 has won a staggering 16 Grand Slam titles throughout his career, including the 2010, 2013 and 2017 US Opens. Since turning pro in 2001, he has collected 79 titles and more than $100 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.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

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2018 Wimbledon champion and former US Open champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia is considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time. He has won 13 Grand Slam singles titles throughout his career, including the 2011 and 2015 US Open. Djokovic has captured 69 singles titles throughout his career, spent more than 200 weeks at the top of the rankings and earned over $114 million in prize money. Djokovic has received numerous awards including the 2011 and 2012, 2015 and 2016 Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year, 2012 Best Male Tennis Player ESPY Award, and the 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015 ATP World Tour Player of the Year.

ANGELIQUE KERBER

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Fresh off of her 2018 Wimbledon title, 2016 US Open champion Angelique Kerber will be participating in her second Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day. The former world No. 1 holds 12 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 $26 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.

MADISON KEYS

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2017 US Open finalist Madison Keys will participate in the 2018 AAKD. In total, Keys holds 3 career titles and has earned more than $8 million in prize money since she turned pro in 2009. She has also played for the U.S. Fed Cup team in 2014 and 2016, and has finished the last three years consectively ranked in the world's top 20. 

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JAGMAC

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With their catchy choruses, pure vocals, and dynamic routines, JAGMAC is set to take the music world by storm. The six siblings kicked off 2018 with a performance on the Emmy Award-winning FX series Baskets followed by the release of their single, “Right Back With You,” which soared to the top of the Radio Disney charts. 2016 saw JAGMAC support ‘Little Mix’ on their sold-out UK arena tour, while “Soldiers” climbed to #15 on Billboard’s Hot Club Chart. In 2017 the group made their Los Angeles debut at the ‘Young Entertainer Awards’ at Universal Studios while their single “So Good” stayed in heavy rotation. Recently named Radio Disney’s “NBT”/Next Big Thing, they’re currently entertaining fans across the country. When they’re not on the road, the siblings reside at their home in Baltimore, MD, cook lots of family meals, and prepare for musical world domination.

BRYNN ELLIOTT

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When Brynn Elliott entered Harvard four years ago, she was the first person in her family to attend college. In the past few years, she’s gone from writing songs on the bathroom floor to playing over 200 shows and signing with Big Yellow Dog / Atlantic Records. Her debut EP, Time of Our Lives, which arrives this September, was inspired by Brynn’s time at Harvard and the relationships she’s fostered there. Her first single, “Might Not Like Me, is a buoyant song with an empowering chorus about embracing who you are and is quickly resonating with audiences. The musician, who has played with artists like Alanis Morissette, Brandi Carlisle and Allen Stone, may not know exactly what the future holds, but she’s ready for it, guitar in hand.

4TH AVE

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The members of 4th Ave., who range in age from 17 to 20, each battled individually on the ABC show Boy Band and came out of the experience with a strong bond. Timbaland, one of the show’s mentors, urged Cam, Mikey, Marcus and Jaden to continue reaching for the stars – without ever having heard them sing as a group. The group officially launched in January 2018, and quickly chalked up more than 160,000 streams across a variety of platforms, while accruing more than 19,000 followers on Instagram and over 8,000 subscribers on YouTube. Their upcoming debut EP, The Initiation Playlist, will introduce the 4th Ave. sound to the world. Having all followed different and winding paths in their lives, Cam, Mikey, Marcus and Jaden have converged on 4th Ave., together heading down a road that leads to a bright horizon – and beyond.

X's & O's

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With their silky smooth harmonies and electric dance moves, up-and-coming teen pop superstars, X’s & O’s, are taking the Radio Disney airwaves by storm with their hit single “Cant Catch Me”. Currently working on their debut album with Grammy Award-winning powerhouse writers and producers in Los Angeles, a major record deal in the works along with an upcoming U.S. tour. Boston's own, Jazmin, 15, Emily, 16, Skye, 16, and Gaby, 16, are about to explode onto the music scene and become your next favorite girl group.

MEG DONNELLY

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18-year-old actor/singer/dancer Meg Donnelly is currently starring as “Taylor Otto” on ABC’s hit comedy series American Housewife and recently starred in the hugely popular Disney Channel Original Movie, Zombies. Born in New York City, Meg started training in voice, dance and acting at the age of 6 and landed her first series co-starring role as “Ash” on Netflix’s Team Toon at age 11. Meg has also appeared in three episodes of ABC’s top-rated series, What Would You Do? as well as in several national commercial and modeling campaigns. Meg has also avidly pursued her music, performing in several “Kids of the Arts,” “A Time to Shine” and “Broadway Kids” productions in New York City. She recently co-wrote and recorded five original songs with The Practice Worldwide, New York City and just released the first single, “Smile,” from her upcoming debut album. 

TREVIS

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Trevis Brendmoe is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter. When Trevis entered the entertainment industry at the tender age of 16, the response was immediate. Producers, songwriters, and choreographers saw this young man's talent and drive. Trevis is a natural performer and captivates the audience with his energetic performance, dance and singing, much like his idols Justin Timberlake, Usher, Chris Brown and Bruno Mars. World traveller, Trevis´ influences are not only present in his personality and music. His journey started in his native Norway and with his family, continued to travel most of the world and has seen and shared its cultures from a very young age. Trevis was exposed to the music and cultures of over 106 countries which account for his diverse musical style and leanings. Trevis released his debut single “Hard To Get” in November 2017 followed by his debut EP in early 2018. He is one to watch as he gears up to release his debut album this fall.

GONOODLE'S BLAZER FRESH

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GoNoodle's Blazer Fresh uses hip-hop songs and dance to inspire kids to both learn and move their bodies. The trio drops rhymes about everything from education to celebration with hits like "Banana Banana Meatball," "Don’t Read Like A Robot," and "Getcha Money Right." Blazer Fresh is beloved by kids, teachers and parents, reaching over 14 million children worldwide via GoNoodle, the world’s leading kids' movement and mindfulness platform. Formed in 2016, GoNoodle's Blazer Fresh is made up of Arnstar, Rasheem and Xavier. Their debut album, GoNoodle Presents: Blazer Fresh Vol. 1, was released in 2017. Their latest video, "The Ball Is In Your Court," in partnership with Net Generation, will premiere at the 2018 Arthur Ashe Kids' Day and on GoNoodle apps.

DANIEL DUDLEY

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Daniel Dudley is an on-air radio personality and podcaster for Radio Disney and ESPN. His national programs have featured some of the biggest names in music, sports and entertainment, including Kobe Bryant, Macklemore, Simone Biles, Jacob Sartorious and many others. In addition, Daniel has interviewed many of your favorite stars on various red carpets, served as a host for live events across the country and covered major college and professional sports as a sportstalk radio host in Pittsburgh.

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