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Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess is the largest single-day, grassroots tennis and entertainment event in the world, with chart-topping performers, celebrities and some of the best tennis players in the game coming together to celebrate the life and values of tennis legend and humanitarian Arthur Ashe. The event takes place the Saturday before the US Open.

This year the event will be on August 24, 2013. The event is in New York.

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2013 Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Talent
ARIANA GRANDE

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

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

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

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

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

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.
JEFF SUTPHEN

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
MEGAN NICOLE

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

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

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

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

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.
ROGER FEDERER

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.

DAVID WAGNER

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.
DAVID WAGNER

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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