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Published on November 13th, 2016 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson

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Meet the next generation of young stars from 2016’s ‘Kids Got Talent’ showcase

KIDS GOT TALENT (@_kidsgottalent) is a Talent Showcase that gives aspiring young singers, dancers and musicians, ages (5-17) the opportunity to showcase their Talents in front of Major Record Labels, A&Rs, Talent Agencies and Managers. The production is not only a way to break into this industry, but it is a safe, educational, family-oriented way to gain knowledge about the talent industry and connect with many Industry Professionals that are all under one roof at the same time, giving you undivided attention while you showcase your talents in front of them. Once talents complete the audition process for KIDS GOT TALENT Showcase, the selected talents perform and compete to win over $1000 in Cash, and Prizes along with other AMAZING opportunities.

Kids Got Talent 2016 was Presented By Xtreme Talent & Entertainment Company & Xtreme Talent School of Arts, Inc. in Atlanta, GA.

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About Sky Coffee: Director of Kids Got Talent Showcase

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Sky Coffee, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, has been an entrepreneur for more than 15 years, and a professional dancer for more than 20. She has co-owned and operated several restaurants in Jackson, MS, as well as a performing arts school. Sky developed and established great relationships with Jackson’s former Mayor, Frank Melton. She has also received recognition from Senator Thad Cochran for her Community Service in the City of Jackson.

In the past, Sky has served on the Panel of the MS Arts Commission, where she played a significant role, approving and awarding grants to various schools and art programs throughout the City of Jackson.

Sky, who is the Director of Kids Got Talent Showcase has been working with kids for more than 15 years. She said to The Hype Magazine, Dance and music have always been my passions since I was born. I love working with children because they are young, energetic, and they listen. All they need is for someone to believe in them and give them a chance.

I could remember being a young child, growing up in a poor neighborhood in Jackson, Mississippi and struggling all my life. Life was never easy for me and my family and We did not have much. All we had was each other. I always knew I had a burning desire to make it and provide a better life for me and my family. That’s what motivated me to work so very hard and start a performing arts school in Jackson, Ms in the year 2000. My school was very successful and my students were always featured on television and newspapers for their outstanding performance.

Some of my former students have minored in music and dance, some are even professional dance instructors for schools and dance teams, and a few of my former students have signed major record deals and were even given the opportunity to be in the American Idol. Those are all major accomplishments to me, which means I must be doing something right. Some of these Kids from our showcase could be the next Beyonce, Michael Jackson or Whitney Houston. You just never know. I’m very proud of the gift that God has blessed me with. None of this would be possible without God and I preach that to my students and anyone I come in contact with because he allowed my dreams to come true. Now I get a chance to share my gifts and talents to children all over the world.

Let’s meet some of the top contestants from this years Kids Got Talent competition!

Asia Harmony

Asia Harmony, Grand Prize Winner

Miss Asia Harmony is a 13 year old honor student who lives to sing and perform for an audience. When she was only eight years old, she assertively and honestly told her mom that she needs to learn to speak Chinese so she can speak to her fans In China. Asia is a native of Clinton, MS. Asia’s dream is to travel to world and help motivate young people through her passion and gift of songwriting and singing. She recently won grand championIn Atlanta Kids Got Talent Competition 2016. Asia was honored to be selected to sing with the Distinguished Choir International New York at Carnegie Hall on March 7, 2016. Not only is she a talented singer she also has artistry as a songwriter.

She won the 2016 Clinton’s Top Talent overall talent competition. Asia was a special guest and sang at the 2015 Mississippi Gospel Music Awards. Asia is a proud singer/dancer of the undefeated Clinton Ambassadors Show Choir 2015/2016. She won grand championship best soloist 2016 in the Petal Invitational Showchoir solo competition. Asia won” Best middle school soloist” at the Alabama 2016 South Central Classic competition. Asia made her movie debut in 2014 in the James Brown autobiography, Get on Up, singing in the children’s choir. Asia has traveled nationally performed and won multiple vocal competitions including Alabama, Oklahoma, Ohio, Texas, Florida, and New York. Asia was a finalist in the 2015 Mississippi Got Talent Showcase presented by BETs Sunday’s Best, Ashford Sanders. Asia won 1st place in her last two competitions at the Mississippi State Fair Got Talent Competition.

Asia represented the Mississippi Children’s Museum as the Winner of the Lights, Camera, Imagination talent search with her singing and voiceover work premiering in multi million exhibit. Asia has been featured in several magazines, commercials, and has acted in several plays at Actor’s Playhouse productions including Annie, Freckleface Strawberry, and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Asia also played “Annie” in Annie’s Christmas Gift in 2015 in an EyeShine Production. She will be playing Annie again this year. Asia has also modeled for a new upcoming trendy clothing line for Eyeshine Productions. Asia enjoys and is very grateful for every opportunity she is given to sing and share her joy through her voice.

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13 years old, Asia Harmony from Clinton, MS, took home the Grand Prize trophy and won $500 cash, artist development package to include free recording time, dance, vocal and music classes and will also be featured in our KGT tour.

What inspired you to sing or dance?

ASIA told Hype Magazine. What inspired me to sing and dance, was when someone told me I had a real gift to entertain, when I was about 4 years old. I never stopped performing and working hard since then.

What did you gain out of being apart of the Kids Got Talent Showcase and how has it helped you?

Being in the Kids Got Talent Showcase allowed me to gain more experience, self-confidence, and multiple rewards.

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now or what do you want to be in life?

In 5 years, I see myself as a singer, dancer, writer, and actress. The older I get, I want to go to college for managing my music career, and being a successful business woman. I see myself as being one of the greatest entertainers this world has ever known, and I’m going to do everything I have to do to make that happen.

Sydney Carroll

Sydney Carroll

Sydney was born in Plantation, Florida on August 23rd, 2002.  She moved to Georgia in 2005.  She has an older brother, Dylan.  She is in the 8th grade and attends Russell Middle School in Winder, Georgia.

Sydney has been singing since she has been talking and wants nothing more than to make this her career.  She enjoys many types of music, but pop is what she enjoys most.  She is a huge fan of Whitney Houston, Ariana Grande, Alicia Keys, and Fifth Harmony.

Other than singing, Sydney enjoys hanging out with her friends, movies, and roller skating.

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14 years old, Sydney Carroll, from Statham, Georgia, came in 2nd place for the 13-17 age category. Sydney took home a trophy and won $75 cash, artist development package to include free recording time, dance, vocal and music classes.

What inspired you to sing or dance?

Sydney told The Hype Magazine, I loved Carrie Underwood when I was younger and sang all of her songs, but when I discovered Ariana Grande I realized that I wanted to do Pop music.

What did you gain out of being apart of the Kids Got Talent Showcase and how has it helped you?

It taught me how to overcome my shyness and how to be myself in everything I do. I want to have a career in Pop music.

D'Ambrah Watts

D’Ambrah Watts

D’Ambrah Watts is a 12 year old 7th grader. The daughter of Byron and Debrah Watts of Jackson, Mississippi. D’Ambrah has been a high academic scholar for 6 years.

D’Ambrah is an aspiring star who is ecstatic about being an upcoming star. She enjoys reading, singing, dancing and acting. She have also won several talent and dance competitions. In addition to always tumbling and dancing you can find D’Ambrah auditioning for a role in which has gotten her appearances in several local commercials and national movies. She made her acting debut at 4 years old in a local smoke free Mississippi commercial in which was the start of several commercials for the Mississippi Children’s Museum, St Dominic Hospital and Mississippi Children hospital. Movies credits Eloise and Fred, When the Game Stand Tall and Treme` HBO series. Theatre appears The First Christmas, Under the Sea, and Singing in the Rain to name a few. Prints Next Direct Magazine, Portico Jackson Magazine and Parent and Kids Magazine. Pageants MS Magnolia and MS Mississippi pre-teen.

State your full name, age and city/state

12 years old, D’Ambrah Watts from Jackson, MS, came in 1st place in the 9-12 age category and took home a trophy and won $100 cash, artist development package to include free recording time, dance, vocal and music classes.

What inspired you to sing or dance?

D’Ambrah Watts told Hype magazine. I was inspired to be a dancer at a very young age watching my sisters perform. I started dancing at the age of 4 and have loved it. The great ballerina Misty Copeland is my inspiration to be a successful dancer.

What did you gain out of being apart of the Kids Got Talent Showcase and how has it helped you?

Being a winner of Kids Got Talent has inspired me to push more toward my goal to be a dancer on the TV disney series Backstage. I feel this big win is the beginning of wonderful things for me.

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now or what do you want to be in life?

In 5 years, I will be an actress and dancer on a major TV show in which will be the start of fulfilling my life dreams.

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Terri Kelly

My passion is dancing. I love to turn on music, close my eyes, take in a deep breath and then improv. I want to run my own studio one day and give others the opportunity to pursue their dreams. I love to help others and try to be a friend to everyone. I talk to classmates about bullying because I think this is a big issue today and it shouldn’t be.
I enjoy playing with friends and doing musicals. Through my app. I love Jesus and like talking to others about his love and forgiveness. I also enjoy hanging out with my mom and have spot me tumbling. I enjoy life and love to share my happiness throug
h my dancing.

State your full name, age and city/state

11 years old, Terri Kelly from Eastaboga, Alabama won 2nd place in the 9-12 age category. She took home a trophy and won $75 cash, artist development package to include free recording time dance, vocal and music classes.

What inspired you to sing or dance?

My mom, she put me in dance when I was three because she said I would dance all the time when any music would come on.

What did you gain out of being apart of the Kids Got Talent Showcase and how has it helped you?

I have gained the experience and opportunity. I love doing new things. Being a part of Kids Got Talent has helped me believe in myself and has encouraged me to keep doing what I love.

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now or what do you want to be in life?

In 5 years, I want to help at my studio. As well as be on the dance team at my school. When I grow up I want to have a studio where I can help other childrens’ dreams come true.

Aubrie Barber

Aubrie Barber

State your full name, age and city/state

7 years old, Aubrie Barber from Ragland, AL, won 1st place in the 5-9 age category and took home a trophy and won $100 cash, artist development package to include free recording time, dance, vocal and music classes.

What inspired you to sing or dance?

Aubrie Barber told The Hype Magazine, I have danced and flipped from the age of 2 and have loved it since. Knowing that hard work makes a big difference. Being in the Kids Got Talent Showcase has helped me gain more confidence in knowing I just have to get out there and do my best and let God guide me. Without God I would not be who I am today.

What did you gain out of being apart of the Kids Got Talent Showcase and how has it helped you?

I feel I have gained as a performer and person. I have gained extra Stage time and even been seen by some fantastic agency. I got to meet so many talented young men and women. I also gained friends that will last for a lifetime. I feel my biggest gain by participating in the kids got talent showcase would be me becoming a member of my new Talent agency.

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now or what do you want to be in life?

I wanna be a professional dancer and be on tv when I get older.

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Deele Barker

State your full name, age and city/state

5 year old, Deele Barker from Atlanta, Ga won 2nd place in the 5-9 age category and took home a trophy and won $75 cash, artist development package to include free recording time, dance, vocal and music classes.

What inspired you to sing or dance?

Deele Barker, told Hype Magazine. I love music. My grandmother was a music teacher, my grandfather a music admirer, my dad started a record label which has put me around some really great artists.

What did you gain out of being apart of the Kids Got Talent Showcase and how has it helped you?

Being in Kids Got Talent Showcase, I gained a great experience, and most of all, what I love doing best-the opportunity to perform on stage. I want to get better so that I can perform and see happy people.

Kids Got Talent was a huge success at the Porter Sanford Theatre. It was a sold out show packed to capacity. We had some amazing guest Artists like Atl Bre, Bria Anai, Glo Twinz, Chy The Greatest, Head Linerz, and Shandria Elliot to bring out a crowd. Our professional judges consisted of Antonio Reid, Jr. from Epic Records; Talent Manager, T.M.W.R. Woodford; Social Media Sensation, Summerella; Studio Owner, Ronnie Winstead, Grammy Nominated Sound Recording Engineer, Dvante Black. Main Event Coordinator, Lisa Hinnant and second event coordinator was Ava Kirby.

KIDS GOT TALENT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT OUR SPONSORS listed.

1. PICCADILLYS
2. XTREME TALENT & ENTERTAINMENT CO., LLC
3. SHARP TEAM ENTERTAINMENT
4. DEKALB COUNTY PARKS AND RECREACTION
5. SYMBALIK
6. THE HYPE MAGAZINE NETWORK
7. MARQUIS REID MANAGEMENT
8. SATELLITTE CINEMAS
9. T.M.R.W.
10. REYNOLDS PRINTING COMPANY
11. VIRTUAL ADRENALINE PRODUCTIONS
12. MYTRELL RECORDS
13. SOUND SWIFT
14. PAPARAZZI
15. XTREME TALENT SCHOOL OF ARTS, INC.
16. INCITY MAGAZINE

Kids Got Talen is now accepting registrations and video submissions for their 2017 KIDS GOT TALENT SHOWCASES, to be held in Atlanta, Florida, and Mississippi.

To register, sponsor or become a vendor, please visit us at www.kidsgottalent.org
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