SALT LAKE CITY— They’re cute and spunky, and they’ve been entertaining families for 17 years.
The Kidz Bop Kids, known for their family-friendly renditions of contemporary pop songs, will be taking the stage at Kingsbury Hall on Saturday, Sept. 16. The performance features the six new members of Kidz Bop and is part of the group’s “Best Time Ever” tour. Last week, the Deseret News got the chance to speak with four of the kids about the upcoming concert in a phone interview. The group's agent requested that only the young performers' first names be used in order to protect their privacy.
Even though the kids just met last year, it didn’t even take a minute to tell that they’ve all become fast friends who love what they do. This year’s Kidz Bop Kids were selected from more than 1,000 applicants throughout the United States, according to a news release.
Cooper, who is from Kentucky, discovered he had a passion for singing while doing karaoke for the first time on a family vacation in Tennessee.
As he stood at the front of the room performing his favorite song, Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man,” Cooper realized that singing in front of people gave him a thrill. Being able to share his passion with others through Kidz Bop is a bit surreal for the 13-year-old who grew up listening to Kidz Bop music on his school’s intercom every Friday.
Isaiah’s desire to perform started at age 5, when his mother came home on Valentine’s Day with a Michael Jackson album. The performer’s high-pitched voice and smooth dance skills mesmerized Isaiah, 10, who soon after opted to pursue performing. For Isaiah, the most rewarding part of taking the stage each night is getting kids to laugh and smile — something all the kids hope to achieve Saturday night.
California native Sierra, 12, has been singing since she was 2. Although this preteen favors math and science in school, singing with the group has been an unexpected thrill.
“I’m just so grateful to be in Kidz Bop right now,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity, and I love meeting fans all around the U.S. and seeing their smiling faces.”
As none of them has been to the Beehive State, the kids are excited and looking forward to Saturday night’s concert.
And they all brought up the fact that despite its name, Kidz Bop isn’t just for kids.
“The music is just so fun to jam out to — and it’s for kids and parents,” said 11-year-old Julianna, who is from Texas. “I hope they have fun and have the ‘best time ever,' which is the name of the tour. We just want to make them smile and have a great time.”
If you go
What: 2017 Kidz Bop Kids "Best Time Ever" Tour
When: Saturday, Sept. 16, 6 p.m.
Where: Kingsbury Hall, 1395 Presidents Circle
How much: $45