Over the course of 10 weeks beginning on Wednesday, September 23, Radio Disney listeners will be introduced to five unsigned N.B.T. artists and invited to look, listen and vote for their favorite at RadioDisney.com or by texting “NBT” to DISNEY (347639).
The highest ranked N.B.T. artist will have the opportunity to have their single featured on the upcoming Walt Disney Recordsâ€™ Radio Disney Jams 12. Disney Channel has also recruited Tiffany Thornton to host short clips of each artist and a sampling of their musical talent.
The final voting for Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing will start on Wednesday, December 2 and the winner will be announced the next week, Friday, December 11.
Click inside to learn about each of the finalists….
Gabi Wilson (Sept 23-Oct 6)
At just twelve years old, Gabi Wilson has already been deemed a child prodigy. The Vallejo, CA native plays four instruments and has been writing and practicing music practically since birth. In June, for her twelfth birthday, Wilson received the best birthday present she could have imagined: the opportunity to perform two songs by her idol Alicia Keys at the ASCAP awards at the Beverly Hilton. Since hearing Gabiâ€™s incredible vocals, Keys has taken the young singer under her wing, making her somewhat of a protÃ©gÃ©. In addition to her ASCAP performance this year, Gabi also filmed a movie with Nick Cannon and was featured on the Today show, where she also wowed audiences. In her free time Gabi enjoys writing poetry, she has a published a book of poetry called “Anything on Earth Poems,” that she began writing at just seven years old. On Radio Disneyâ€™s N.B.T, Gabi will feature her single, “My Music.” Her song “Keep On” will also be streamed on RadioDisney.com.
Josh Golden (Oct 7-Oct 20)
Josh Golden is fifteen years old from St. Louis, Missouri. His music style ranges across Pop, Rock, and Acoustic genres, a mix of Boys Like Girls meets John Mayer. Josh has been playing guitar since he was ten years old and has said, “Everywhere I go, my guitar goes.” In addition to guitar, Josh plays piano and is in the process of learning drums. He writes all his own music, often inspired by girls that he has had crushes on. Josh comes from a large family, all musicians like him. He has two sisters and one brother. When heâ€™s not writing music, Josh enjoys sports, especially soccer and snowboarding. Josh got his start online about a year ago and since has released a self titled album and a music video for “I Fall Down.” For Radio Disneyâ€™s N.B.T Joshâ€™s “Small Town, Big City” will be featured on Radio Disney while the single “I Fall Down” will also be streamed on RadioDisney.com.
Jasmine Sagginario (Oct 21-Nov 3)
Jasmine Sagginario (just Jasmine!) is an independent minded fifteen year old from Nashville Tennessee. Jasmine has dreamed of being a performer her entire life. She first got on stage when she was only four years old and has been performing ever since. Recently, Jasmine was thrilled to perform on the iShine tour. Additionally, Jasmine and her father, who has his own production company, put together her first album entitled, The Next Me. On her website Jasmine emphasizes that her CD is about being a leader not a follower. Of both Hispanic and Italian descent, Jasmine is very proud of her international heritage. Though very busy working on her music, Jasmine is also a dedicated student excelling in areas such as Math and Spanish. In her free time, Jasmine enjoys jumping on her trampoline, or just watching the Disney channel in her pajamas. Jasmineâ€™s music style is pop/R&B similar to Lady Gaga and Britney Spears. For Radio Disneyâ€™s N.B.T, Jasmineâ€™s single “Make A Movie” will be featured on Radio Disney will her single “Nothing Left to Say” will be streamed on RadioDisney.com.
Kropp Circle (Nov 4-Nov 17)
Brothers Emerson (12), Remington (15), and Sebastian (17) Kropp make up the band Kropp Circle. From Las Vegas, the boys have grown up singing together around the piano. All three are highly gifted musicians who started writing and playing their own music when Remington was just four years old. Remington is the lead singer and plays piano and bass. Emerson plays piano, drums, and assists with back- up vocals. While the oldest, Sebastian also sings back up and plays guitar and piano. The brothers believe strongly in the ability of music to make good in the world. They hope to help others learn from their own experiences through music. As music enthusiasts, they feel their music is influenced by a wide range of artists including, the Eagles, The Doobey Brothers and Jason Mraz. The three brothers are also avid athletes, competing in both hockey and skateboarding. For Radio Disneyâ€™s N.B.T, Kropp Circleâ€™s â€œFade Away,â€ will be featured on Radio Disney while their single â€œFeel,â€ will also be streamed on RadioDisney.com.
Cymphonique (Nov 18-Dec 1)
At just thirteen years old, Los Angeles native Cymphonique already has quite an impressive resume. Cymphonique is daughter to artist and producer Percy Miller better known as “Master P.” Cymphoniqueâ€™s music style and fashion sense are undeniably hip hop. She is a talented singer, actress, and dancer, exercising these skills through musical theatre performances with the Childrenâ€™s Theatre Experience. Cymphonique practices ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop, and is also a competitive kick box champion and martial arts specialist. Currently Cymphonique is thrilled to be providing the voice for â€œGretchenâ€ on Disney Channelâ€™s animated series Phineas and Ferb. Additionally, Cymphonique is hard at work on her next album titled, “Fabulous Girl.” In the past, Cymphonique has performed as part of a girl band, opened for Disney star, Raven Symone, and acted in various other TV projects. On Radio Disneyâ€™s N.B.T, Cymphoniqueâ€™s single â€œButterfliesâ€ will be featured on Radio Disney while another song, â€œLittle Miss Swagger,â€ will be streamed on RadioDisney.com.