Imagine that you're a kid. You see so many kid acts
on talent contests and wonder why they all have to leave so soon. Such is the
nature of the beast. Well what if there was a show that took away such pressure
and concentrated on performance. Sounds like a dream. We know. But dreams come
true on "Majors & Minors"!
submissions have been scrutinized, and now some of the top record execs in the
nation - and Margaret Loesch, CEO of the Hub - are going to whittle the field to
your cast of 12. They will be nurtured and cultivated to bring the artist within
out. At the end of 15 weeks, the winner will receive a recording contract with
Sony's RCA Music Group.
And the important part... from host Joby Harte:
"No one gets voted off - this is not that show."
First up, Ashley Nicole Greene (10, Oceanside,
CA) sings "At Last" by Etta James. She lives for performance. She thinks that
this is probably going to be the biggest thing she's ever done. She credits her
mom, a singing, life, eating, and everything else coach. Just say it.. She's a
Josh Metzler (15, Gilbert, AZ) sings an original
song, "Let It Go". He's self taught on guitar and piano. He has over 10,000
followers on YouTube, where he records and uploads videos... from his bathroom.
Hailey Dibiasi (14, Huntington Beach, CA) sings
"Pirate Bones" by Natasha Bedingfield... and amazingly sounds like her. She
started out as a singer of the National Anthem in minor league ball games.
Interestingly enough, she's shier around her own family than she is around
Nia Holloway (15, Norcross, GA) sings some
Beyonce, "Listen". She's close with her sisters, and her parents are a huge
support. She thinks music is everything about her. She also loves basketball,
and is the captain on her basketball team. She longs to make music that will
Sabrina Lentini (13, Tustin, CA) sings a
relatively older song, "Right Here Right Now" by Jesus Jones. She feels the
music in her songs, and she is the lead singer of a band, Sabrina & Minor
AfterShock. She got into writing her own material when her cousin Daisy died.
Austin Crute (15, Atlanta) sings an original
song, "Let Go". He says that he's been through a lot emotionally. His family
loves to see him dance and sing. He learned self-production on his computer. He
taught himself about the business, and now he's wanting to learn more about it
from seasoned pros.
Kennedy NoŽl (13, Nashville) sings "You Have Me",
another original. She's been writing since she was 10, and she learned about
music, mostly piano and harmony, from her parents. Even though they say "We want
you to be normal". Then again, what is normal nowadays?
Michael Woodard (13, Philadelphia) sings "Joy",
an original. He's been singing since he was five years old in the church. He had
the honor sing at the Apollo. One of his major obstacles: finances. But mom
never gave up on him. When he sings, it takes him to a calm happy place.
Grace Jeanette (10, Burbank, CA) sings "Price
Tag" by Jessie J for Joby, then "Wasting All My Time" for her audition. She
wrote that song when she was washing the dishes... probably because she didn't
like washing dishes. Unlike most 10 year olds, she likes talking politics. Her
brother likes to play the saxophone. Her mom, who's also a musician, brought her
up in Sacramento. When Grace said that she was serious about doing music, mom
said... we have to move.
Cameron DeFaria (14, Culver City, CA) sung in a
band, Stereo Union, where he wrote "Little Tin God". He likes most of the
alternative bands, namely Mumford & Sons and Jimmy Eat World. He says that his
life is pretty much average. He says that "Little Tin God" is a term for someone
whose power has gone to his head.
Emily Kocontes (16; Newbury Park, CA) brings in
an original "Mother's Rose Garden", hearkening back to her aunt & uncle's
divorce. Interesting story, the rose garden didn't start to bloom until after
the breakup. Emily sees playing the piano as vulnerable, but also as therapy.
She just wants to bring her stories to the people.
And finally... Brandon Michael (11, Dallas)
finishes us out with an original, "She Loved Me". His mom says that he's a
"borderline heart attack as a parent". His dad is going through chemo, telling
him to go for his dreams.
So there's your cast of 12. All of them are
stars. One of them will be a SUPERSTAR... in 15 weeks' time.
But how is that possible? I... don't know either.
But it'll be a lot of fun figuring it out.
Right now, we'll leave you as we fit our Minors
for ear molds so they can hear just how they sound themselves, AND blindfold
them as they are about to walk into their new adventure. Red light's on... that
means we're rolling.
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