July 17, 2014

Kid pop from Kidz Bop heads to Gallo Center

Cleaned-up pop hits for kids by kids awaits audiences at the Kidz Bop Kids live show.

If you’ve always wanted rock ’n’ roll music without that pesky rock ’n’ roll attitude, kid, do we have the show for you.

Kidz Bop brings family-friendly versions of today’s biggest pop and rock hits to the stage, performed by kids themselves. Based on the popular “Kidz Bop” compilation album series, the nationwide Kidz Bop Kids live tour features current performers Ashlynn Chong, Bredia Santoro, Grant Knoche, Jayna Brown and Matt Martinez. The lineup has been together for a year and ranges in age from 11 to 13.

The group brings its show to the Gallo Center for the Arts on July 25.

Earlier this week, the young performers released their latest album, “Kidz Bop 26,” which features cleaned-up renditions of hits from the likes of Katy Perry, John Legend, One Direction and Pitbull.

Since its founding in 2001, Kidz Bop has become the No. 1 music brand for children in the United States and sold more than 14 million albums. Each lineup sings together for about three years. Past performers have gone on to release their own albums, and Kidz Bop alum Mary Sarah’s recent debut features duets with country greats like Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.

The Kidz Bop Kids were Billboard Magazine’s No. 1 Kids Album Artist for the past four years. Their last album, “Kidz Bop 25,” debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

National auditions are held to join Kidz Bop Kids, and the group gives dozens of live performances nationwide each year. The group’s current “Dream Big, Sing Loud” tour has more than 40 dates and promotes their latest album.

Aimed solidly at the pre-teen set, the shows are high energy and family friendly. Kidz Bop Kids VIP tickets also are available for the show, which include a meet-and-greet and photo opportunity before the concert.

While the performers may be young, they know whom to thank for their success.

“The fans really get me in the heart. They’re so supportive,” 11-year-old Matt told Newsday last month. “I can hear them when we’re backstage getting ready. They’re like, ‘Kidz Bop! Kidz Bop!’ ”

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