Radio Disney and Disney Channel will introduce the “N.B.T.” (Next BIG Thing) season five artists when the popular musical talent competition premieres during the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie Girl Vs. Monster on Friday, October 12 at 8:00 pm ET/PT and throughout the day on Radio Disney. This season’s winner will perform on the hit Disney Channel series “Austin & Ally,” have a new single released by Disney Music Group and be the opening act for popular Radio Disney recording artists at the “N.B.T.” finale concert and winner announcement this December in Los Angeles. In advance of the season premiere, Radio Disney will debut each artist’s first “N.B.T.” single on Monday, September 17, and singles will be available on iTunes Tuesday, September 25.
New to this season, Radio Disney and Disney Channel audiences will get a preview of each artist in their hometowns. The featured artists, ages 12-17, are R&B singers and actresses Chloe and Halle Bailey; acoustic pop singer and actress Katherine Hughes; R&B singer, dancer and actor Damian Otchere; modern rock and pop singer, songwriter and musician Jack Skuller; and pop singer, songwriter and actress Elle Winter. In addition to their own singles, new to this year’s competition, each artist will also perform a popular cover song. Throughout the season, viewers will get a behind-the-scenes look as contestants work with mentors including pop recording artist Cher Lloyd who’s single “Want U Back” hit #1 on Radio Disney’s Top 30 and top 10 on Mediabase’s Top 40, Ross Lynch and Laura Marano of Disney Channel’s hit series “Austin & Ally,” and “N.B.T.” season four winner Shealeigh.
“N.B.T.” season five voting will commence on Friday, October 26 (7:00 p.m., ET/4:00 p.m., PT). This season fans will have more chances to vote for their favorite artist with the addition of Twitter voting, and an expanded 10 votes per day per platform, which also include RadioDisney.com, Radio Disney’s Facebook page, and via texting* “NBT” to DISNEY (347639). Each artist will receive equal play and exposure, and at the end of each round, will face elimination based on listener votes.
Hosted by Radio Disney on-air personality Jake Whetter, “N.B.T.” is a daily multiplatform competition that launched the careers of Hollywood Records recording artist and Disney Channel star Coco Jones (“Let It Shine”), as well as Kicking Daisies, Shealeigh and Allstar Weekend, and puts the spotlight on aspiring young recording artists and provides them with the chance to showcase their music across national broadcast and online platforms.
The popular musical talent competition for young artists, Radio Disney’s “N.B.T.” (Next BIG Thing), hits a higher octave in its fifth season beginning in the fall. This season’s winner will perform on the hit Disney Channel series “Austin & Ally,” have a single released by Disney Music Group and be the opening act for popular Radio Disney recording artists at the “N.B.T.” finale concert this year in Los Angeles. Radio Disney and Disney Channel audiences will determine the winner when they are invited to look, listen and vote for their favorite artist.
Radio Disney will introduce its season five “N.B.T.” artists at the first-ever three-night showcase at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort from Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24 at 8:00 pm ET. The showcase, hosted by Radio Disney on-air personality and “N.B.T.” host Jake Whetter, will feature all of the season five artists, giving fans a taste of their varied musical styles. Season four “N.B.T.” winner Shealeigh and runner-up Zack Montana will also take the stage for headline performances.
“This season’s showcase event at Walt Disney World Resort and the integration with Disney Channel’s ‘Austin & Ally’ exemplify our efforts to continuously expand ‘N.B.T.,’ providing our audience with an enhanced experience each season and delivering increased exposure for our young artists,” said Phil Guerini, Vice President and General Manager, Radio Disney.
Kicking off July 1 at Chicago’s Taste of Joliet, “N.B.T. On Tour” powered by Invisalign Teen is a multi-market concert tour featuring season five “N.B.T.” artists, “N.B.T.” alumni and popular Radio Disney artists. “Austin & Ally” stars Ross Lynch and Laura Marano are expected to make guest appearances throughout the tour, which will stop in more than 15 cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Sacramento and Seattle. Invisalign Teen will also sponsor the multiplatform competition on Radio Disney and Disney Channel.
“We are thrilled to come back for a second year as title sponsor of Radio Disney’s ‘NBT On Tour,’ and look forward to engaging with fans and their parents about Invisalign Teen,” said Thomas M. Prescott, president and CEO of Align Technology (Invisalign). “One of the keys to a successful performance is exuding confidence, and Invisalign Teen is a modern choice for straightening teeth that can help kids feel more confident as they pursue their dreams — no matter what their passion may be.”
“Holding auditions in various cities this year helped us select a talented lineup of artists that represent a mix of musical styles from rockabilly to R&B and acoustic pop,” said Kelly Edwards, Executive Director, Music and Programming, Radio Disney. She added, “In addition to hearing new music from five great artists, fans will also fall in love with their charismatic and dynamic personalities.”
This year’s artists, ages 12-17, are:
- Chloe and Halle Bailey 13-year-old and 12-year-old (respectively) sister R&B singers and actresses from Atlanta, Georgia
- Damian Otchere 16-year-old pop and R&B singer, dancer and actor originally from Brooklyn, New York, currently residing in East Orange, New Jersey
- Elle Winter 13-year-old pop singer, songwriter and actress from New York, New York
- Jack Skuller 16-year-old rockabilly singer and songwriter from Hoboken, New Jersey
- Katherine Hughes 17-year-old acoustic pop singer and actress from New York, New York
“N.B.T.,” a daily multiplatform competition that launched the careers of Hollywood Records recording artist and Disney Channel star Coco Jones (“Let It Shine”), as well as Kicking Daisies, Shealeigh and Allstar Weekend, puts the spotlight on aspiring young recording artists and provides them with the chance to showcase their music across national broadcast and online platforms. Over the course of 10 weeks, Radio Disney and Disney Channel audiences will be invited to look, listen and vote for their favorite artist via multiple entry points including RadioDisney.com and by texting “NBT” to DISNEY (347639) (standard messaging rates may apply).
Shealeigh Voitl of Chicago, IL has taken the title of Radio Disney’s ‘Next Big Thing’ (NBT) Season Four contest. Voted by listeners of the Radio Disney network, Shealeigh was one of five finalists and survived each week as the performer with the least number of votes was eliminated from the competition.
Shealeigh’s first single, released through the competition, is ‘What Can I Say?,’ which she can be seen performing in the following video we took as the NBT tour visited the streets of New York City earlier this year:
As winner of the competition, Shealeigh will have her single released through Walt Disney Music.
The other finalists in the competition included runner-up Zack Montana, Hollywood Ending, Tay Barton and Ladina Spence.
This was the fourth year for Radio Disney’s NBT contest. Previous winners include Allstar Weekend, Kicking Daisies and Jasmine. Coco Jones of NBT season three has also experienced notable success since appearing in the competition.
Here’s video of the winning announcement, courtesy of Radio Disney:
And Shealeigh’s first performance as the Next BIG Thing winner, also courtesy of Radio Disney
Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival® presented by BMO Harris Bank, the country’s largest evening holiday celebration, will ring in the 2011 holiday season for the nation on Saturday, November 19 with a “bigger, better and brighter” schedule of events. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the beloved holiday tradition.
One million people from around the country will travel to Chicago to experience a weekend of nonstop holiday offerings that lead up to a magical evening procession featuring more than 40 magnificent floats, helium-filled balloons, classic characters from Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida, lively marching bands and musical performances from top artists. Grand marshals Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from the Walt Disney World® Resort will appear together on the lead parade vehicle for the second year in a row to illuminate one million lights on 200 trees along Michigan Avenue, One of the Great Avenues of the World.
The nationally-televised event will be broadcast on Saturday, November 19 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. CST in local markets on ABC 7 Chicago and in more than 65 markets around the country throughout the holiday season. Broadcast times are available in local listings.
Star appearances include star of Disney Channel’s hit series “A.N.T. Farm” and Hollywood Records recording artist China Anne McClain, along with her sisters Lauryn McClain and Sierra McClain; My Block/Columbia Records multi-Grammy Award-winning inspirational recording act Mary Mary; American Idol finalists Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams; cast members of the Disney Channel Original Movie “Lemonade Mouth;” Jake and the Never Land Pirate Band as seen on Disney Junior; Radio Disney’s N.B.T. (Next Big Thing) artist Shealeigh from Chicago; Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players; Disney Music Group Artist Nathan Pacheco; and more.
The holiday celebration also includes:
The procession, starting at 5:30 p.m. CST, features a spectacular collection of floats from favorites including:
- The Chicago Flower & Garden Show (March 10 – 18) will provide a glimpse into the warmer seasons with their “Spring Experience” procession float, a “spring globe” infused with the colors, style and inspiration of “Hort Couture.”
- Candyality, “Chicago’s sweetest destination,” will showcase a candy-inspired holiday wonderland featuring more than 10,000 lights and a truckload of candy
- Garrett Popcorn Shops will provide samples of their world-famous popcorn along the procession route as it is freshly popped on their float
- Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group will honor the city’s renowned sports culture with baseball great Ernie Banks, Dutchie Caray and other sports legends
- Santa Claus will greet children of all ages as he flies over the John Hancock Center on his sleigh
- Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck as well as favorite characters from Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida will add excitement to the procession
- Seasonal offers from participating businesses in The Magnificent Mile district including holiday hotel packages, shopping perks, dining specials and more.
- The stunning Fireworks Spectacular over the Chicago River, created from more than 10,000 handmade fireworks shells from Lumina, will serve as the grand finale of the beloved holiday event at approximately 6:55 p.m. CST
- Performances from local marching bands including Crystal Lake Strikers Drum-Line, Morton West High School Band; Loyola Academy High School Band and Proviso East High School Band as well as the Spring-Ford High School Band from Royersford, PA
- Larger-than-life helium-filled balloons including Kermit the Frog sponsored by Disney’s The Muppets, a famous red-nosed reindeer and more
- A treasure hunt from BMO Harris Bank offering families great prizes and more information about BMO Harris Bank’s new “Helpful Steps for Parents,” a program designed to help parents get a jump start on saving for their children’s futures. Hubert the Lion will also be available for pictures
- “Lights Festival Lane,” an interactive, holiday wonderland featuring booths from BMO Harris Bank, Eli’s Cheesecake, DePaul University, Radio Disney/AM 1300, Chevy, John Hancock Observatory, The Museum of Science and Industry, DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago Magnificent Mile and more (401 N. Michigan Avenue)
- A full lineup of live musical performances on the BMO Harris Bank Stage in Pioneer Court from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. CST (401 N. Michigan Avenue)
Radio Disney kicks off its first-ever “N.B.T.” (“Next BIG Thing”) concert tour on Monday, September 5 in Chicago. Sponsored by Invisalign Teen, the eight-city tour will feature the season four “N.B.T” artists and “N.B.T.” alumni. Tour stops in New York City, Boston, St. Louis, Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and concludes in Celebration, Florida on Saturday, December 10. Tour venues will be a mix of local festivals, fairs and shopping centers.
On Thursday, September 1, Invisalign Teen will launch the “Straight Up Celebration” Sweepstakes. The grand prize is a trip for four to the Radio Disney Holiday Concert in Celebration, Florida to see “N.B.T.” alumni Coco Jones and Kicking Daisies. Three runner-ups will receive prize packages including an iPad, an iPod touch or iTunes gift cards.
“We are excited to give Radio Disney listeners the opportunity to see, hear and get to know this year’s ‘N.B.T.’ artists as we kick off the competition with a tour that provides an in-person experience unlike any other talent competition show,” says Kelly Edwards, executive director of Music and Programming, Radio Disney. “The mix of our veteran ‘N.B.T.’ artists with this year’s contestants will offer fans a great show.”
“We are thrilled to be such a big part of Radio Disney’s first live ‘NBT’ Tour, where we have an opportunity to reach and engage directly with fans and their parents about Invisalign Teen,” said Sheila Tan, vice president of Marketing and chief marketing officer for Align Technology, Inc. “We realize that one of the keys to a successful performance is exuding personality and confidence, and Invisalign Teen wants to remind parents that there is a modern choice for straightening teeth that helps kids feel more confident as they pursue their dreams no matter what their passion.”
“N.B.T.,” a daily multiplatform feature that launched the careers of Kicking Daisies, Coco Jones and Hollywood Records recording artists Allstar Weekend, puts the spotlight on aspiring young, undiscovered recording artists and provides them with the chance to showcase their music across national broadcast and online platforms. Over the course of 10 weeks, Radio Disney and Disney Channel audiences will be invited to look, listen and vote for their favorite artist at RadioDisney.com or on the Radio Disney Facebook page, or text “NBT” to DISNEY (347639) (standard messaging rates may apply; children must have parents’ permission). The winner will have their single released by Disney Music Group.
Radio Disney, the No. 1, 24-hour radio network devoted to kids, tweens and families, will kick off its fourth season of “N.B.T.” (Next Big Thing) beginning FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14. “N.B.T.,” a daily multiplatform feature that launched the careers of Kicking Daisies, Coco Jones and Hollywood Records recording artists Allstar Weekend, puts the spotlight on aspiring young recording artists and provides them the chance to showcase their music across national broadcast and online platforms. Over the course of 10 weeks, Radio Disney and Disney Channel audiences will be invited to look, listen and vote for their favorite artist at RadioDisney.com or on the Radio Disney Facebook page, or text* “NBT” to DISNEY (347639). The winner will have their single released by Disney Music Group.
“‘N.B.T.’ embodies Radio Disney’s core values of providing entertaining and interactive content that kids and families can experience together,” said Sean Cocchia, senior vice president and general manager, Radio Disney. He added, “With the fourth season, we are introducing new voting elements to our contest which will allow our fans to help decide which of the talented young artists will move to the next round.”
Each artist will receive equal play and exposure, and at the end of each round, will face elimination based on listener votes. Listeners will be allowed one registered vote per artist per day per format. The winning “N.B.T.” artist will be named in December.
Exclusively on Radio Disney during the rounds of competition, each artist will have their single on the playlist, and join on-air personalities Ernie D and Jake Whetter in studio for interviews and performances. Simultaneously, Disney Channel will present a preview of each artist and a sampling of their musical talent in interstitials hosted by Jake. Each artist will also have two full songs, exclusive videos, photos and bios on RadioDisney.com. Videos will also be featured on Disney.com, the N.B.T. mobile website and Radio Disney’s YouTube Channel.
“We have seen great success with our ‘N.B.T.’ artists, including Allstar Weekend who are currently on tour with Selena Gomez & The Scene, Kicking Daisies who is part of this year’s Vans Warped Tour, and Coco Jones who is a recurring guest star on Disney Channel’s ‘So Random!,’“ said Kelly Edwards, executive director of Music and
Programming, Radio Disney. She added, “We’ve had the opportunity to meet tremendous talent over the past six months of ‘N.B.T.’ auditions, and this season’s artists represent some of the best young talent in the country. We look forward to showcasing them. “
The artists, ages 13-17, include:
- Tay Barton — a 15-year-old country singer from Salt Lake City Utah, now residing in Laguna Beach, California
- Zack Montana — a 13-year-old pop singer originally from Tampa, Florida, now living in Los Angeles, California
- Ladina Spence — a 16-year-old pop singer originally from Germany, now living in Los Angeles, California
- Shealeigh — a 13-year-old pop singer from Chicago, Illinois
- Hollywood Ending — a pop/rock band made up of five members, ages 16-18, hailing from Maryland, New York, New Jersey and the UK
The leader in kid-driven, mom-approved music, Billboard magazine (September 2010 and 2009) cited Radio Disney in its “Maximum Exposure” list, which names the Top 100 ways to get music noticed. Stars that have launched multi-faceted careers with a strong assist from Radio Disney include Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana and Selena Gomez.
Radio Disney is the No. 1, 24-hour radio network devoted to kids, tweens and families. Kids help pick the music that is played and are encouraged to interact via a toll-free phone line to the Radio Disney studio. The network’s current playlist, driven by listener requests and representing major record labels, includes recording artists Selena Gomez & The Scene, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Willow Smith, Cody Simpson, Katy Perry, Taio Cruz and Allstar Weekend. The network is available on over 35 terrestrial radio stations and is also available via RadioDisney.com, Sirius and XM satellite radio on channel 79, iTunes Radio Tuner, mobile phones and on the Radio Disney iPhone and Android Apps.
*Msg. & data rates may apply. Kids under 18, must get parent’s permission first.
Radio Disney, which Billboard magazine ranked twice among the Top 25 on its Maximum Exposure list of ways to get music noticed, will kick off its third season of “N.B.T.” (Next Big Thing), beginning WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15. “N.B.T.,” a daily multiplatform feature that launched the career of Hollywood Records recording artists Allstar Weekend, puts the spotlight on young recording artists and provides them with national broadcast and online exposure. Over the course of 10 weeks, Radio Disney and Disney Channel audiences will be invited to look, listen and vote for their favorite artist at RadioDisney.com or by texting* “NBT” to DISNEY (347639) — message & data rates may apply, kids under 18 must get parent’s permission first. The highest ranked “N.B.T.” artist will have the opportunity to have their single released by Disney Music Group and open for Allstar Weekend at a special holiday performance.
Michael Riley, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Radio Disney, said, “‘N.B.T.’ exemplifies Radio Disney’s multiplatform programming strategy, which extends the listening experience and adds engagement opportunities for kids and families.”
The showcase includes interviews and in-studio performances with a new “N.B.T.” artist every two weeks. During each showcase period on Radio Disney, each artist will have their single on the playlist, and join on-air personalities Ernie D and Jake Whetter in studio. Simultaneously, Disney Channel will present a preview of each artist and a sampling of their musical talent in interstitials hosted by Jake. Each artist will also have two full songs, exclusive videos, photos and bios on RadioDisney.com. Videos will also be featured on Disney.com, the N.B.T. mobile website (http://radiodisney.mobi/nbt), and Radio Disney’s YouTube Channel.
“The continued success and ever-growing popularity of Allstar Weekend demonstrates the caliber of talent that ‘N.B.T.’ attracts,” said Kelly Edwards, Executive Director of Music and Programming, Radio Disney. She added, “This year’s artists represent Radio Disney’s broad playlist with more musical diversity than ever before.”
The artists, age 12-17, include:
- AMBER LILY (September 15-September 28) — A 13-year-old pop and R&B singer and songwriter from San Francisco, California who currently resides in Los Angeles, California
- KICKING DAISIES (September 29-October 12) — A four-member rock band–Duran Visek (guitar, vocals, age 15), Carly Kalafus (bass, age 14), Ben Spremulli (guitar, age 14), and Caitlin Kalafus (drums, age 17) — from Milford, Connecticut
- SACHA EDWARDS (October 13-October 26) — A 14-year-old pop and rock singer and songwriter from Los Angeles, California
- MATTHEW JOHNSON (October 27-November 9) — A 13-year-old pop singer and songwriter from Dallas, Texas
- COCO JONES (November 10-November 23) — A 12-year-old pop singer and rapper from Columbia, South Carolina who currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee
Throughout the 10-week period, fans will have a chance to vote for the “N.B.T.” featured artist each day followed by a week of open voting starting Wednesday, November 24. The “N.B.T.” winner will be announced on-air by Ernie D on Friday, December 3.
Radio Disney will launch a new multi-platform daily programming feature, ”N.B.T.: Making It Big,” chronicling the rise of Allstar Weekend, the inaugural year “N.B.T.” (“Next Big Thing”) finalists now signed to Hollywood Records. Premiering on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, “N.B.T.: Making It Big” provides audiences on-air, online and via mobile devices an inside look at what it takes to make it big in the music industry. “N.B.T.: Making It Big” will take Radio Disney and Disney Channel audiences behind the scenes of Allstar Weekend’s journey leading up to the June 22 release of their debut album on Hollywood Records. Featuring details on how they first formed their band and became “N.B.T.” artists to what they love most about recording sessions, photo shoots, and making music videos, “N.B.T.: Making It Big” will give audiences a first-hand perspective into the lives of these rising stars.
Michael Riley, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Radio Disney, said: “Allstar Weekend’s success is the perfect example of the opportunity that our ‘N.B.T.’ feature provides for talented unsigned artists.” He added, “’N.B.T.: Making It Big’ will allow Radio Disney to continue to showcase great new artists across multiple platforms in a more in-depth manner.”
NatureSweet® Cherubs® Tomatoes is teaming up with Radio Disney to support the companion to the network’s hit series, “N.B.T.” (“Next Big Thing”). The integrated marketing program will offer NatureSweet consumers and Radio Disney’s 22.2 million listeners free digital music downloads, an interactive talent contest and family-friendly local events. NatureSweet will provide on-pack digital music downloads on over 9 million units featuring hit songs from Allstar Weekend and last year’s “N.B.T.” winner Jasmine Sagginario. NatureSweet will also host a talent contest at CherubsTomatoes.com, where consumers are invited to submit videos of themselves performing a talent for a chance to win a trip to Los Angeles to meet Allstar Weekend. Additionally, NatureSweet will reach Radio Disney’s kids and moms through national on-air media, exposure on Radio Disney.com, and 18 local events in top markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco with music, games and NatureSweet product samples.
“NatureSweet Cherubs shares Radio Disney’s dedication to kids and families, and we are excited to team up with them to provide our consumers with access to great music, family-friendly events and an engaging talent contest,” said Sean Frisby, Marketing Director for NatureSweet.
Jon Sayer, Vice President of Ad Sales, Radio Disney added: “NatureSweet’s partnership is a great example of how Radio Disney content, such as ‘N.B.T.: Making It Big,’ provides seamless opportunities to create integrated marketing programs for our advertisers, reaching our premium audience of kids and moms.”
A dedicated “N.B.T.: Making It Big” destination both online and on mobile (RadioDisney.com/MIB) will feature a wide variety of video content including interviews, performances and behind-the-scenes footage. Additionally, fans are invited to stream music online, enter a sweepstakes for a chance to meet the band in person, and submit questions to the band at RadioDisney.com or via text messages. Allstar Weekend will post video answers to the most popular questions.
The Hollywood Records quartet, including Zach (vocals), Nathan (guitar, vocals), Cameron (bass), and Michael (drums), is currently working on their upcoming album scheduled to be released in June. Their hit single “Journey to the End of My Life” made the Radio Disney Top 30 Countdown 15 consecutive weeks in 2009. Their new single, “A Different Side of Me,” recently Planet Premiered on Radio Disney and will be featured on Radio Disney Jams 12, releasing March 30 on Walt Disney Records. In concert, Allstar Weekend has shared the stage with artists including Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber, and will be kicking off their Verizon “Experience The Magic Tour” free shows on Saturday, March 6 in their hometown of San Diego.
“N.B.T.” is Radio Disney’s daily multi-platform programming feature that puts the spotlight on young unsigned recording artists and provides them with national broadcast and online exposure. Audiences are invited to look, listen and vote for their favorite at RadioDisney.com or by texting via their mobile phones.
Burbank, September 11, 2009 – Radio Disney, which Billboard magazine ranked among the Top 20 on its Maximum Exposure list of ways to get music noticed, will launch an all-new edition of its “Next Big Thing” (N.B.T.), a daily multi-platform programming feature that puts the spotlight on young recording artists and provides them with national broadcast and online exposure. Over the course of 10 weeks, beginning WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, Radio Disney listeners will be introduced to five unsigned N.B.T. artists, age 12-17, and invited to look, listen and vote for their favorite at RadioDisney.com or by texting “NBT” to DISNEY (347639) (Msg. & data rates may apply. If you’re under 18, get your parent’s permission first.) . The highest ranked N.B.T. artist will have the opportunity to have their single featured on the upcoming Walt Disney Records’ Radio Disney Jams 12 CD. Simultaneously, Disney Channel will present a preview of each artist and a sampling of their musical talent in interstitials hosted by Tiffany Thornton (“Sonny With a Chance”).
Michael Riley, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Radio Disney, said: “We’re creating a fully encompassing environment to showcase great new artists on Radio Disney with further exposure on Disney Channel, Disney.com and our N.B.T. mobile website; providing a truly immersive multi-platform experience for kids and families.”
A teen pop duo, “Jonnie and Brookie” of Phoenix, Arizona, have been named Radio Disney’s “Next Big Thing” (N.B.T.) via a poll that tabulated nearly nine million votes on RadioDisney.com and via texts to Radio Disney from listener’s mobile devices, it was announced on air by Radio Disney’s Ernie D. Radio Disney’s N.B.T., a recurring on-air and online programming feature, puts the spotlight on young recording artists and allows them to get their music heard on a national level. Since its November debut, Radio Disney’s N.B.T. introduced 11 unsigned acts and invited its kid and family audience to look, listen and vote for their favorite new artist online or via text.
“Jonnie and Brookie” (sisters age 16 and 14, respectively) will perform in concert at an exclusive Radio Disney event to be announced shortly. They narrowly edged out three other frontrunners — AllStar, Bre Morgan and Comic Book Heroes.