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Meet Identity4Pop, the Girls Who Sang National Anthem at Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

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Tween singing trio Identity4Pop just scored an opportunity of a lifetime.

On August 28, tweens Kennedy Stephens, 12, and fraternal twins Shelbi and Sydney Schauble, 11, sang the "National Anthem" during the "Let Freedom Ring" ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial.

Oprah Winfrey, the late Dr. King's family, and Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter were among the 200,000 people in attendance. The Southern California girls were selected after their management submitted a video of them singing at a Los Angeles Sparks basketball game and for the morning show for Los Angeles's KTLA.

Their moving performance was well received. Hollywood Life dubbed them the "best act" at the event, and they were recently featured on Extra. We are sure the folks at Disney and Nickelodeon are taking note.

Before the historic performance, the middle school students, who listen to Beyoncé, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj, spoke to Hip-Hop Media Training about participating in the King event.

Hip-Hop Media Training: How did you find out that you were going to get to sing at the 50th anniversary celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech in Washington, D.C.?

Shelbi: While we were in the studio recording our manger Alex [Avant] said that he had this big surprise, like he was preparing something big. Maybe two days later he finally surprised us with the news that we were going to be singing at the Martin Luther King 50th anniversary in Washington, DC, and we were really excited.

What do you guys know about Martin Luther King?

Kennedy: Well, he fought for equality, and he just wanted for all people to be equal, and he died on April 4, 1968.

Do you guys feel honored to be selected to perform at this event?

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Identity4Pop at soundcheck for Martin Luther King Jr. "Let Freedom Ring" celebration in Washington, D.C. photo: …

Sydney: It's a real honor because it's so cool to think that Martin Luther King was here in this same spot saying the "I Have A Have A Dream" speech, talking about freedom for all races. It's just so cool because he actually said the speech on the stage we're going to be singing on.

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There are going to be a lot of famous people there. Who do you want to meet the most?

Kennedy: We want to meet the First Lady, Sasha and Malia.

Have you ever been to Washington, D.C.?

Shelbi: Shelby and I haven't been to Washington, D.C., but our mom has been a lot of times.

Kennedy: Our whole family has been to Washington, D.C. because we have family out there. I haven't seen the white house, though.

Are you already picking out what you want to wear next week?

Sydney: Yes. Our parents have been online looking for dresses and talking to stylists.

What does Identity4Pop mean?

Kennedy: Identity4Pop means that you have your own personality and identity. There are three of us and the 4 stands for our fans, friends and family. And the pop represents pop culture. We make music that people want to get up and dance to.

The group is represented by the Creative Artists Agency and is recording music.


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