Young singers steal limelight at US Open

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Talented young singers from across America follow in the footsteps of music legends when they took center-stage in front of a packed stadium at the 2015 US Open. A dozen vocalists, all aged 14 and under, perform patriotic songs prior to the night sessions of this year’s tournament. The line-up features talent from throughout the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area, as well as from Michigan, Florida and Georgia.

Earlier this summer, the performers were selected via a nationwide online audition, through which a record number of more than 300 hopefuls auditioned. Performances were then reviewed by a panel of judges from the music and entertainment industries.

These children join the group of music industry leaders who have performed at the event, ranging from Rob Thomas and Aretha Franklin to Diana Ross and Earth, Wind & Fire. This year’s Opening Night Ceremony featured special musical performances from Josh Groban and Vanessa Williams. For the first time in 2015, the audition age was extended to children 14 years of age or younger. Previously, the casting call was only open to those 12 and under.
Performing at his second consecutive US Open are Christian Bautista of Jersey City, N.J. The remaining 11 performers making their Arthur Ashe Stadium debuts in front of anticipated capacity crowds.

Additional highlights include twins Kavina and Kaya Amin, from Roslyn Heights, N.Y., who are performing together during the second week of the tournament, and local Queens resident Madison Zamor, who sang “America the Beautiful,” on September 2, in honor of 100 years of tennis being played in Queens.

Here’s a closer look at the 2015 US Open Casting Call performers: Kavina Amin, 13, Roslyn Heights, NY; Kaya Amin, 13, Roslyn Heights, NY; Christian Bautista, 13, Jersey City, NJ; Caleb Carroll, 13, West Bloomfield, MI; Angelica Hale, 8, Johns Creek, GA; Brandon Hernandez, 11, Yonkers, NY; Jake Miller, 9, Warrenton, VA; Victoria Rose Mozitis, 14, Northfield, NJ; Sadie Pine, 9, New York, NY

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