Review of Music in Brief
The Kidz Bop World Tour was a nationwide rock concert for kids featuring child and adult performers backed by a full rock band which kicked off in the fall of 2007 in Minneapolis, MN at the Target Center. The ensembles were chosen from a nationwide talent search and featured Mary Sarah Gross, Markelle Gay, Kristian Real, David Schiavone, Elizabeth Bashian and Brianna Komadina. The tour traveled the upper Midwest and east coast comprising some 29 shows during a 6 month run.
In 2010, KIDZ BOP launched KIDZ Star USA, a national talent search for kids 15 and under. In 2010, Hunter Pecunia, from Dallas, Texas won the first KIDZ Star USA Competition. In 2011, Kiana Brown from Phoenix, Arizona, became the second KIDZ Star and won a recording contract from RCA Records. American Idol (Season 8) winner, Kris Allen, was a celebrity judge and mentor for the competition.
Former members include: Becca King, Dana Vaughns, Harrison Moulton, Zendaya Coleman, Ross Lynch, Keke Palmer, Noah Munck, Olivia Holt, Riker Lynch, Kyra Green, Valerie Gaitan, Deanna Adams, Lexi Voland, Falyn Grainger, Mallory Gilko, Kaleb Gilko, Wendell Hullet, Ryan McGuirk, Bryce Ritter, Stacia Largo, Lily Cole, Lydia May and Beth Hullet.
Kidz Bop is a brand of compilation albums featuring child session musicians performing contemporary music. The series was developed by Razor & Tie co-founders Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam in 2001. The albums are composed of “kid-friendly” versions of the latest songs on Top 40 radio and are sung by young children.