Get ready because JD McCrary is about to take over the music world. The triple threat (he can sing, dance, and act!) dropped his debut EP, “Shine,” earlier this year and was the voice of Young Simba in the new “The Lion King” movie. He’s also been a part of tracks with Childish Gambino and Jon Bellion, and he stars on “The Paynes” on The Oprah Network.
Did we mention JD is only 12-years-old? He was the youngest artist ever signed to Disney’s Hollywood Records. We can’t wait to see what he does next!
JD was tapped to co-host Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day (make that a quadruple threat?) in NYC alongside Radio Disney’s Morgan Tompkins and Meg Donnelly.
We spoke with JD before AAKD about what’s coming next, who else he’d love to collaborate with, and the time he met Beyonce. Watch our interview below!
The US Open is officially underway in New York City! The annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day on Saturday kicked things off with a day full of games, music, and of course tennis. Kids of all ages enjoyed activities around the grounds like face painting, balloon artists, dance offs, juggling, and of lots of chances to test their tennis skills!
The AAKD show inside Arthur Ashe Stadium featured performances by some of the hottest names in music along with appearances by tennis stars like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Sloane Stephens. The event is in celebration of tennis legend and humanitarian Arthur Ashe and promotes the USTA’s flagship program, the National Junior Tennis and Learning Network (NJTL), which Ashe co-founded. Players from local NJTL chapters had the chance to show off their skills on court in a series of agility and tennis drills.
The show was co-hosted by Radio Disney’s Morgan Tompkins, Meg Donnelly, and JD McCrary. Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing JAGMAC kicked off the show with a high energy performance that set the tone for the whole show. They definitely brought the party with them! We’re sure you’ll be seeing much more of them in the future! Radio Disney is celebrating 10 years of NBT artists this year, and past honorees include Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, and Kelsey Ballerini.
Austin Mahone returned to Kids’ Day (he was also a featured performer in 2013!) to perform his new single “Dancing With Nobody” live for the first time. Austin showcased his signature smooth dance moves on the court, complete with a moonwalk across the service line. He also shared that he will be dropping a new album next year!
Co-host Meg Donnelly did double duty and performed “With U,” showing off her dance moves and high kicks across the court in style. We love her fun pop sound and can’t wait for her album to drop! Meg is also a Radio Disney Next Big Thing alum!
The always talented and lovely MAX sang his hit single “Love Me Less,” with a special appearance by Quinn XCII. Watching these two perform together is so much fun and we loved seeing them rock it on center court!
Ava Max’s infectious sound and unique style have already won over the hearts of many. Ava got the stadium rocking with her hit “So Am I.” We are so excited to see and hear what’s next, and are looking forward to her debut album coming soon!
The show ended with a big finale that had everyone doing #TheGitUpChallenge! Blanco Brown sang “The Git Up” from up in the crowd, as the court was filled with dancers, the Blazer Fresh squad, Net Generation players, and even a drumline! Current world #1, Novak Djokovic, never turns down an opportunity to dance at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, so of course he was right in the middle of it all!
Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day is always such a blast and the best way to get the last slam of the year underway!
Make sure you watch our interviews with MAX and Quinn XCII, JAGMAC, Ava Max, Austin Mahone, and JD MCCrary to learn more about the artists and what’s coming next.
The Qualifying Tournament for the US Open kicks off on Monday, August 19th in NYC! As usual, admission to watch the qualifying matches is FREE and open to the public. This year the US Open is introducing an expanded US Open Fan Week that includes happy hours, concerts, exhibition matches, stadium tours, and much more!
We’re most excited about the Chase Sound Check Concerts! LANY will be performing on August 21, Brett Eldredge on August 22, and Leon Bridges on August 23! The concerts kick off at 8pm and are free and open to the public like the rest of the US Open Fan Week activities!
Head over to the US Open Fan Week website to view the full schedule of activities – every single day is stacked with fun stuff to do. And did we mention that it’s FREE? Come experience the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, watch some incredible professional tennis up close, and catch one of your favorite artists … all in one day!
US Open Fan Week – Chase Sound Check concerts
August 21 – LANY
August 22 – Brett Eldredge
August 23- Leon Bridges
8pm to 9pm
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center More Info
Fan Week wraps up with the annual Arthur Ashe Kids Day celebration! AAKD will feature performances by MAX, Austin Mahone, Ava Max, and more! Learn more about AAKD and the family festival here!
After nearly 4 years since dropping his last album, the wait is finally over! And we mean over – Hunter Hayes is dropping his new album, “Wild Blue: Part I,” TOMORROW, August 16th! Hunter shared the big news on an appearance on the TODAY show earlier this week. He also dropped the title track of the album, “Wild Blue,” which you might have heard if you caught Hunter on the Closer To You Tour earlier this year (IT’S SO GOOD). If not, listen to the track now! The song, and the album, are all about finding yourself and the true feelings of freedom and lightness that go along with it.
We’re even more excited because “Part I” means there is a “Part II” and maybe even a “Part III” on the way, which means even more new music from Hunter! What was the reason for such a long wait? Hunter took his time to really write everything on his own and make his most personal and honest record yet. He initially set out with the mindset of creating an album that no one would ever hear, which gave him the freedom to be as honest and real as possible. This honesty really shines through on tracks like “Dear God” and “My Song Too.”
Hunter Hayes “Wild Blue: Part I” Tracklisting
2. “Wild Blue”
4. “One Good Reason”
5. “Dear God”
6. “Loving You”
7. “My Song Too”
8. “One Shot”
9. “Night and Day”
Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day is always one of our favorite days of the year! It brings together our love of tennis and music in celebration of the start of the US Open Tennis Championships in New York City, in honor of tennis legend Arthur Ashe. The event is in celebration of tennis player and humanitarian Arthur Ashe, who co-founded the National Junior Tennis & Learning Network (NJTL) as a way to engage kids in the sport of tennis. NJTL is celebrating its 50th year in 2019, and you can be sure to see lots of NJTL participants at AAKD!
AAKD features a FREE Kids’ Festival on the grounds of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, that features tons of activities like face painting, balloon artists, story telling, pro tennis practice, music and of course lots of interactive tennis and fitness events! You can catch free musical performances on the grounds on the AAKD Festival Stage as well from up-and-coming stars like JAGMAC and Jenna Raine.
The event also features a show inside Arthur Ashe Stadium that brings together the biggest names in tennis and music for an unforgettable day. You’ll need a ticket to gain entry to the stadium show, but inside you’ll be treated to incredible performances as well as the chance to see the world’s greatest tennis players compete in fun challenges for their favorite charities. Performers this year include MAX, Austin Mahone, Blanco Brown, Meg Donnelly, Ava Max, and JD McCrary.
The event has a knack of booking stars before the make it big – Britney Spears, Rihanna, Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Backstreet Boys, Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes, and Ariana Grande are just a handful of past performers. Don’t miss out on one of the most fun events of the Summer and your chance to see the next big thing in music!
Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day 2019
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Saturday, August 24th 2019
Kids’ Festival gates open at 9:30am
Stadium Show starts at 1:00pm More Info
AAKD Festival Stage Performers
Stefan Benz FREE Entry!
Arthur Ashe Stadium Show Performers
JD McCrary Buy Tickets
Featured Tennis Players
Broadside have been awfully quiet lately but that just means they’re putting in the work behind the scenes on new music. The guys have been teasing two new singles for several weeks and now fans can finally listen to tracks on Spotify as well as pre-order a copy of the exclusive, limited edition colored 7″ vinyls. Singer Oliver Baxxter broke down the inspiration for the two tracks, “King Of Nothing” and “Empty,” and we can’t be more excited to hear what they’ve been working on!
“King Of Nothing” focuses on the post show feelings, which can be totally opposite to what fans feel. “This is a song about wanting to be the best,” states Baxxter. “We chose this life as touring musicians but it can be painfully lonely. We all want to be heard and play to massive crowds while making enough money that our parents won’t worry about our futures. I’m so proud of our accomplishments as a band but some nights, after the show ends and those crowds leave the venue, when you’re in the back seat of a dark van, you feel like you’re not doing enough and those dreams you have become nightmares of what you’ll never achieve. You can be on top of the world and have nothing.”
Broadside continue to prove themselves as the new kings of heavy lyrics paired with bouncy pop melodies and they showcase that on “Empty.” When asked about the new track, Baxxter playfully admits, “I was going through a real out of body misery when writing this song. The duality of a being a broken-hearted romantic splits a person. On one hand, you’ve been wronged, you should run and never look back. On the other, the rewarding time spent and memories made keep you trapped in the worrisome ‘what if this person leaves’ psychosis. I wanted to write a dance-y song making fun of how unfortunate it is to be in love, sometimes.”
Listen to the new tracks on Spotify below!
Be sure to catch Broadside on tour with Set It Off across North America kicking off on June 11th. Check out all of the dates here!
Pre-orders for brand new Broadside merch including long sleeves, baseball tees, and flags, as well as the exclusive, colored 7″ vinyls are available now!
Australia is on a hot streak with exports and their latest, The Faim, are bringing their brand of pop rock with a side of on stage charisma that could fill an arena. We caught them at the Gramercy Theatre on their tour opening for Andy Black, which wraps up this week in Virginia Beach.
Armed with an arsenal of new music and enough energy to power Manhattan, The Faim are here and they will not be ignored. Frontman Josh Raven commanded the stage with swagger and poise, drawing the crowd in from the start, even walking off the stage and connecting directly with the crowd in the middle of the pit.
The Faim, singer Josh, guitarist Sam Tye, bassist/keyboardist Stephen Beerkens, and drummer Linden Marissen felt more like the headliner than an opener but we bet they’ll be in that headliner slot sooner rather than later.
They will be back in Australia and Europe over the Summer. Check out all of their upcoming tour dates here! We’re hoping to see them back in the States soon!
The Faim set list – NYC Gramercy Theatre – May 1st, 2019 Saints of the Sinners My Heart Needs To Breathe
When It Comes
A Million Stars
I Can Feel You
Summer Is A Curse
Grab a copy of The Faim’s EP “Summer Is A Curse” on iTunes and Amazon, or stream it on Spotify!