July 6, 2011
‘106 & PARK’ PRESENTS: CLOSER TO MY DREAMS TOUR Featuring Tyga, Mindless Behavior, Diggy Simmons, Lil Twist, Jawan Harris, Trevante and a Surprise Guest
NEW YORK, July 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Young fans across the country brace yourselves. 106 & PARK, BET's wildly popular signature series, announced the official kick off of the 106 & PARK PRESENTS: CLOSER TO MY DREAMS TOUR. The all 'young stars' line-up includes teen sensations Tyga (Young Money/Cash Money Records), Mindless Behavior (Conjunction/Streamline/Interscope), Diggy Simmons (Atlantic), Lil Twist (Young Money/Cash Money Records), Jawan Harris (ByStorm Entertainment/Jive) and Trevante (Imani Entertainment) along with a special surprise guest. The 18-city tour will showcase the hottest young stars in the industry today and will begin Thursday, July 7, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA. For tickets in your area, please visit www.bet.com/CTMD.
"BET has a stellar history of introducing the hottest new talent, and this summer we continue this tradition with the next generation of young superstars," says Kelly Griffin, senior director of music programming for BET Networks.
Already heating up the charts, these young stars are definitely bringing their A-game this summer.
106 & PARK PRESENTS: CLOSER TO MY DREAMS TOUR DATES: ---------------------------------------------------- July 7 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues Sunset Strip July 8 Phoenix, AZ The Venue San Francisco, July 9 CA The Fillmore July 10 Anaheim, CA House of Blues July 15 Dallas, TX House of Blues July 16 Houston, TX House of Blues July 17 New Orleans, LA House of Blues July 20 Milwaukee, WI The Rave July 22 Detroit, MI St. Andrew's July 23 Chicago, IL House of Blues July 24 Cleveland, OH House of Blues July 27 Baltimore, MD Rams Head July 28 New York, NY Irving Plaza July 29 Boston, MA House of Blues July 30 Philadelphia, PA TLA July 31 Washington, DC Cramton Auditorium August 5 Orlando, FL House of Blues August 6 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
ABOUT MINDLESS BEHAVIOR
Mindless Behavior is a dynamic group comprised of four spirited 13 year old boys - Prodigy, Roc Royal, Ray Ray and Princeton - who boast an insane, sleek and futuristic fashion style, epic dance moves, and global-ready pop songs. They are rapidly gaining popularity with over ten million views on YouTube/VEVO of their videos for "My Girl" and the "My Girl" remix. The group's hotline has also registered over 200,000 members, with fans making an average of 13,000 calls/text to the line each day! Mindless Behavior recently released their first ever EP, which is available on iTunes, Amazon.com and wherever music is sold. The EP features their hit song "My Girl," the remix featuring Ciara, Tyga & Lil Twist and their second single "Mrs. Right." The video for the "My Girl" remix reached the top spot on BET's "106 & Park" countdown and "My Girl" continues to gain spins on Radio Disney, Urban and Rhythmic radio. Mindless Behavior is currently working on their debut album, due out this Fall on Conjunction/Streamline/Interscope.
Twenty-year-old Michael Nguyen-Stevenson better known as Tyga is on the rise with hot Grammy-nominated tracks like "Deuces" with Chris Brown. On one of the hottest record labels out there (Young Money/Cash Money Records), Tyga is blowing up the charts with hits like "Roger That" and "Bedrock" along with talented label mates. Tyga shows that he can definitely hold his own with other talents and most importantly by himself. Tyga is one to watch out for and will definitely be in the game for a long time.
ABOUT LIL TWIST
Another talented young rapper fresh off of Young Money/Cash Money Records. Lil Wayne's youngest and newest protege, Lil Twist is making a big splash with his young fans. Fans will be able to see Lil Twist's progression as an artist this summer. With talent to burn and his whole future in front of him, Lil Twist is sure to keep old and new fans wanting more.
Seventeen-year-old Trevante Halliburton is no stranger to the hard work demanded of him by the notoriously competitive music industry. In preparation for his debut album, "I Am Trevante," which is slated for a 2011 release, Trevante has had the opportunity to collaborate with some of the industry's elite producers and writers: Chris Brown, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Diane Warren, Rico Love, Mischke, August, The Underdogs, Harmony "H Money", Ezekiel "Zeke" Lewis, and Troy Taylor to name a few. Having co-written many of the songs on his album, Trevante was able to secure a publishing contract with Warner Chappell Publishing and is very active in the creative process of recording his album. "This album is special because it's my introduction to the world. It shows my R&B side, my Pop side and just overall good music. It's about love and purity," Trevante says of his debut. In an age when most artists are developed online, Trevante is taking the road less traveled by setting his musical foundation on stage and in the studio, a foundation that will undoubtedly make this extraordinarily talented young man a force to be watched for years to come.
ABOUT JAWAN HARRIS
Fourteen year old Jawan Harris is an extraordinary singer/dancer on the rise. With a charming "boy next door" demeanor and vocal styling that will inevitably draw comparisons to a Jackson 5 Michael Jackson, Jawan's tone cuts through the clutter and rings clear as school bells forcing you to sit up and pay attention. Jawan's first single "Nobody" is a soulful upbeat, vibrant track nostalgic of a school day crush. "Another Planet" featuring Chris Brown has a bit of an edge mixed with a little swagger, showcasing Jawan's versatility. With his voice and his personality to match, Jawan already possesses solidified star power. Easily winning over the hearts of parents and teenage girls alike, possessing the elusive "it" factor. Jawan is currently working on his debut album.
ABOUT DIGGY SIMMONS
Sixteen year old Diggy Simmons has already had a huge buzz from the start thanks to his famous and iconic father, Rev. Run of Run DMC along with his family's hit MTV show, Run's House. Diggy Simmons is definitely following in his family's footsteps, already becoming a mini-mogul in the making. With a highly anticipated clothing line ready to drop and two hot mixtapes under his belt, it's fair to say that Diggy Simmons is one talented young teen.
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