Six youthful singer-songwriters from throughout North America will combine talents in Milford on Friday to kick off their inaugural Teen Nation Tour.
The program is designed to allow talented young performers (between the ages of 10 to 13) to tour a total of 22 schools for a month across four states (in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina) to not only showcase their skills, but also promote their anti-bullying initiative with their soon-to-be fans at the schools.
The Teen Nation Tour will get underway Friday when the performers, led by co-headliners Tristan Blaine and Riley Roth, visit Ross Elementary School in the morning. Afterward, the crew will head to Banneker Elementary School, followed by a finale concert at the Milford Skating Center that night. A red carpet event will be held before the show.
"It's going to be a really good show," said Blaine, 13, of Texas, whose musical style is rooted in urban pop. "I've been praying a lot and I hope everyone in Milford comes because it's going to be a great show."
Blaine recently released his new EP, "Up, Up & Away," and he's stoked to the share the new tunes with Milford, especially the title song.
"It's such a…cool song," he said of the title track. "It's upbeat and super fast and really fun to dance to."
Roth, a country-pop artist, is equally ecstatic about headlining in the First State, something she's never done before like Blaine.
"It feels really awesome," said Roth, 14, of Pennsylvania. Roth has a really timely original tune she'll perform on Friday titled "I Got Your Back" which is about encouraging kids who are being bullied.
Teen Nation was founded by Lee Wilson, owner of Wilson Star Entertainment in Maryland, a company that specializes in managing and developing young artists. Wilson believes the Teen Nation Tour will help his young performers achieve their dreams, while also providing support to kids around the country who are being bullied. He promoted a similar tour last year and says it was very successful.
"Every single music artist most likely has been bullied," said Wilson, 43, of Maryland. "We want to stop bullying and basically what we do is go to schools and try to stop it, and it works. I get messages on my Twitter like 'thank you for helping out' and 'thank you so much for coming to my school and talking about bullying, it helped.' And that's what I like to hear."
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WHAT Teen Nation Tour concert
WHEN 7 p.m., Friday, April 18 (red carpet event at 6 p.m.)
WHERE Milford Skating Center, 1 Park Ave., Milford
COST $10 advance; $15 door
INFO Call (302) 422-3700