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Sawyer Fredericks

These songs are extremely popular and completely clean.

The Queens Youth Music Festival will hit various high notes at St. John’s University in Jamaica on Saturday, June 9, from noon to 5 p.m.

As many as 40 of the country’s most talented teen and pre-teen artists will join forces with major social media influencers for a day of community, music discovery, and family-friendly fun at this third annual celebration, which is organized by Queens-based Prototype Music.

Casey Simpson, a star of the Nickelodeon show “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn,” will be the host with the most along with DJ Mo Bounce from Z100 and Nick Radio.

Sawyer Fredericks, who won the 2015 season of “The Voice” at age 16, headlines the program. The American Folk singer/songwriter, whose career began with performances at the Gloversville Farmers Market in Upstate New York, has had hits with his albums “A Good Storm” and “Hide Your Ghost.”

The other big name is Lil Key, who starred on the reality show “The Rap Game Season 2” with music moguls Jermaine Dupri and Queens Latifah. The Baltimore native’s hip hop songs – including “Backpack Flow,” Champion” and “Foam City” — are catchy and inspirational, and his lyrics are appropriate for all age groups.

Matt Martinez from Kidz Bop, a group which performs innocent versions of pop songs, will do his thing, too. The New Jersey native, who joined his group when he was 10 years old, was also part of the New York Knicks children’s dance team.

The borough’s talent will take center stage as well, including the singers Vicki S., a Richmond Hill resident who took first place in “Child Stars of Tomorrow” last February, and Flushing’s Julie Winter. Two rappers – Trey Benni from Forest Hills and George Padilla from Maspeth – will bust some rhymes. Other scheduled local performers are the Elite Marching Band, Jay Beezy, the Merrick Academy Steppers, and the Prototype Dancers, who live in a homeless shelter in Jamaica.

DJ Alden, who is 11 years old, will spin records.

Another local prodigy, Queens Village’s Cayla Kumar, will be the guest of honor. The Miss Outstanding Teen New York titleholder has performed more than 4,000 hours of community service and raised about $25,000 for research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Plus, attendees will be able to peruse a diverse selection of food, fan meet-ups, carnival games, sports demos, trivia contests, visual arts, toys, apparel, skin-and-hair care products, and tech gadgets. Long Island City’s Guitar Center will offer drumming instruction, among other activities.

Prototype anticipates a few thousand fans. General admission is $25 with $60 VIP passes, which provide hangouts with some of the performers and early admission. There’s also a $40 parent VIP pass that bestows a tent.

Images: Prototype Music


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