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American Hope

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There is a brand new CD that has come out that is a must have for any music lover by, American Hope. The CD is self titled American Hope. The CD  consists of ten songs written by them and they are all incredible. Every song on the CD is fun and comes with a positive message. Once you listen to the first song, it will have you hooked, not wanting a song to end, but at the same time, can’t wait to hear what the next song brings. American Hope is one of the best groups to come up in a longtime. They have the sound and the songwriting skills to drive them to the top of the billboard charts. Their CD is as good as any out there. The songs are brilliant and well executed.

American Hope resides in Atlanta, Georgia and they are three talented brothers. The members are: Jameson is fourteen he plays lead guitar, rhythm guitar and lead vocals. Jadyn is thirteen he plays guitar, bass and vocals. Kenyon is eleven he plays mostly drums, but can also play guitar and he sings harmony. Even with knowing their ages when listen to them, it’s hard to believe they are not a band that has been around for twenty years. The boys are strong and tight with their music. Jameson has killer vocals with a nice rasp, and a lot of substance to it. They need to be heard from coast to coast.

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In 2009 they decided that being on stage performing is what they were interested in doing. This decision came after attending a gospel concert and hearing a group called, “Accappella”. “We loved their stage presence and how good they were and how good their harmonies were” Jadyn says. The next day they told their mom they really wanted to take singing lessons. “So she signed us up for voice lessons. Almost immediately, we started performing in local concerts and for church groups” says Kenyon. They were invited to perform at a popular holiday show at their Paulding County Christmas Spectacular Show that December. They were a big hit and returned to perform for the next two years.

Once American Hope got started, they became highly sot after, performing all over Georgia and in Alabama. In their second year of performing as a band, they were invited to perform at a private event concert at Randy Owens farm (he is a member of the famous group Alabama). The farm is  on Lookout Mountain in Fort Payne, Alabama. Randy is their second cousin and has been a big inspiration to them musically. Randy has given American Hope many opportunities to open for him, either at private events or at his fan appreciation concerts known as, Fandemonium. “We just look up to him so much and appreciate the opportunities he has given us to grow as performers” says Jadyn.

American Hope got the opportunity to open for Lisa Kelly (former lead singer for Celtic Women) at her show at the Fred Amphitheater in Peachtree City, Georgia. Since the first time opening for Kelly, they have had the pleasure of doing so a few more times. They say she puts on a fabulous show with world famous artists each year. “We are so blessed to take vocal lessons from her at the, Lisa Kelly Voice Academy. We just love her! She is so kind and encouraging and just so amazing to work with” says Jameson.

With no surprise American Hope has been nominees for the Georgia Music Awards two years in a row 2015 and 2016 in the Youth Country/Rock Band category. Also they were nominated for Best youth Video in 2016 as well. For both years they were selected to perform at the Awards show. They said it was fun to perform on stage with all their fellow Georgia music artists.

When they are out performing the boys prefer to perform their own music, but they sometimes do cover others. When they are covering other artists, they enjoy the Zac Brown Band, Tim McGraw and Alabama. They will sometimes throw in a couple Eagles songs in there too.

Getting up on stage performing and making people happy is what it’s all about for American Hope. “It is so great when the crowd is excited and into the music” says Jadyn. Jameson says he loves sharing the talents that God has blessed them with. Being able to reach out to people and make them feel good through their music means a lot to them all. They have a strong faith system in God and family and they really want to share goodness with the world. “Our parents have been a great influence on us for good and we want to continue that” says Jadyn. The boys strive to be a good influence on the youth of today through their music. Kenyon says that is why they are so picky when it comes to the songs they perform. He also feels that each song has a message and they want to make sure the message they give out is a positive one for whoever hears it.

They are all excited about their new CD American Hope that just came out. The boys have worked hard on recording  it for about a year and during that time they learned a lot. Jameson wrote four of the songs and their mom wrote the other six. They often have writing sessions as a family. There’s always new music happening at their house, their whole family loves music. They already have a bunch more songs written that have potential to be on their next album.

American Hope has many performances coming up this fall that they will keep posted on their website, American Hope so be sure and catch them live. Their performances are all well done and looks like they have been doing it for years. They have so much natural talent and drive that there’s no limit to what they can accomplish and go in music. Their CD American Hope is proof of how good they are. It is like they were true veterans of country music you cannot tell any different. American Hope is a group that we will hear about for many years to come.

Mya Lynn and Kurk Phillips

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Mya and Kurk are a brother and sister act that could rival Donnie and Marie. There’s a great deal of similarities between the super stars Donnie and Marie, and Mya and Kurk. One of Donnie and Marie’s most famous songs from their younger years was, ” A Little Bit Country,  A Little Bit Rock N Roll” Marie was country and Donnie rock n roll. This song described them pretty well, and it was used at the closing of their show often as a closing phrase. We now have another team on the rise, except Mya is pop and rock, and Kurk is country. Even in their photo it shows who is who, Kurk all laid back country and Mya is like, yeah come on lets rock.

Mya and Kurk at star2come  Catching two young singers at the beginning of their journey like this is a treat for all music lovers. To see and watch Mya and Kurk grow and flourish will be special and they each have something special to give. Currently, the two of them are residing in North Carolina, but their story doesn’t begin there. They were born and raised for the biggest part of their lives in Denver, Colorado and then moved a couple times until they landed in North Carolina. They both loved to sing, so they took off with it. Mya likes singing because she wants people to see her sing on a big stage, and Kurk wants people to learn who he is.

In Colorado they were part of the School Of Rock and that is where they made their first public appearance.  Mya was five and Kurk was seven. So far performing through the School Of Rock has been her only public appearance, but that is soon to change. Kurk has moved beyond the School Of Rock and one of the places he liked performing was at the Toad Tavern in Denver. He likes this because he had a lot of his family and friends there that came to see him, and that made good memories.

When it comes to songs they like to sing there’s a big difference. Kurk says he likes singing Huntin, Fishin, and Loving Everyday by Luke Bryan and Ol Red by Blake Shelton. “They are my favorite songs because they are country and they have a nice rhythm” says Kurk. Mya likes to sing Mary Did You Know and  Confident. “I like to sing Mary Did You Know because it’s about Jesus and Confident because it’s fun to sing” says Mya. Be on the look out for Mya’s new song and video coming out soon, she will be covering Cyndi Lauper’s song, True Colors. Below you can get a taste of what’s to come.

Mya and Kurk at star2come For both Mya and Kurk it’s all about fun. They dream of becoming famous and Kurk hopes to be like Luke Bryan some day. Mya wants to be a really big pop star singing on huge stages everywhere. They have a very good start and it will be great to watch them grow and reach their dreams. In June they will be taking another step towards their dream when they head to Nashville. Mya and Kurk will be performing for Nashville Spotlight’s CMA Fest showcase which is held at Wild Wings Cafe`. This is a great show and they will be part of it. They both work hard to reach their dreams. Kurk’s dream of becoming a country singer all started from his uncle Kevin showing him a Luke Bryan song and he has been working on it ever since. Mya is doing her thing as well to reach her dream as a huge pop singer. She wants people to know that not only does she work hard to be a pop singer, but she loves the color purple and has colored her hair purple too.

The showcase coming up is not the only exciting thing happening with these two singers. Coming soon, they will each have their own original song out, this will be their first, but you can bet not their last.

These two talented kids are two that you will not want to miss anything they do. They may be just starting, but they are gaining popularity and once they hit Nashville in June, Nashville will fall in love with them. It is hard not to love these kids, they are about as cute as they come and plenty of talent. Their future looks bright. New Donnie and Marie? Maybe so.

Kurk Phillips covering, Boys Round Here

Mya Lynn’s sneak peek of her video, True Colors

 

Madi and Ana Heichel

Madi and Ana Heichel

 

 

 

 

There is nothing tighter than the bond of family. This holds just as true with Madison (Madi) and Juliana (Ana) Heichel. These two girls not only have a tight bond with each other, but also with their music. In their performances, the harmonies are perfect as well as their timing. Most often duets at this age have a hard time getting their voices in time, and together to create a good sound. This is not the case with Madi and Ana. Some of their ability can be attributed to practice, but much of it comes natural. When watching and listing to them sing, or just watching some of their antics, it seems one knows what the other is going to do before it happens. A connection only siblings posses. Everything falls into place smoothly and with little effort. This is all allowing them to grow quickly into sensations. Everybody loves their music and quirky videos. Their Vine account has already surpassed fourteen million views, and their YouTube is moving on up as well. Madi and Ana, great entertainment.

Madi and Ana have been singing together since they were very young. However, unlike most starting out singing in school or church, for these two, you could say McDonald’s is where it all began for them. When they were three and four years old their mom would often take them to McDonald’s for lunch. Just like any other, they too loved Happy Meals. While at McDonald’s they would climb in the tunnels and start singing. It was the echo effect on their voices the girls liked so much. It was not long before the staff became familiar with them. The lady cleaning the tables nicknamed them, singing sisters. Madi and Ana started competing in pageants that either included talent or as a requirement. Soon after they began, they were winning on state and national levels. They were winning enough trophies and crowns, that their dad had to rent a storage shed to house them all.

Madi and Ana are close-knit, but they are individuals and different things standout to each of them. The duo have been involved with countless performances of one type or another. Madi has a performance that stands out with her, this was a competition in late 2014. The format of the competition was similar to that of American Idol. This competition lasted for several weeks with the first month singing one song each week. After this, Madi had to learn two to three songs per week. All of her work paid off when she advanced to the finals. The judges chose two songs for her, and she picked the third. Madi chose, House Of The Rising Sun. She spent a great deal of time researching different performances of the song, and in the end settling on a version by Haley Reinhart from American Idol. It was the night of this performance that she knew without any doubt, performing is what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.

  Ana had a performance standout to her, it was when she was about seven years old. This particular performance she played a horse in a local theater production. During this performance she never spoke a word, but would periodically breakout in song. It was a hilarious performance even-though she did spend the time tied to a tree. The audience rarely looked away, she kept them fixed on her with her facial expressions and movements. From this experience she discovered she had natural comedic abilities. “I am the personality in our sister duet”, says Ana.

In the fall of 2013 the duet auditioned to sing the National Anthem at the opening Cleveland Cavaliers game. They were chosen and on October 30, 2013 they stood in front of a sold out crowd in the middle of the court, and sang the National Anthem. Their performance left the audience in awe. And it was Ana’s high note on the word “Free” that sent the crowd roaring with cheers. After this, they were flooded with calls and emails from heads of events in Ohio to come and sing the National Anthem.

Madi and Ana Heichel  Madi and Ana have done very well in other competitions too. In 2013 they auditioned for America’s Got Talent and they advanced to the top 100 where they were placed on standby for the live show. Some of the singing competitions they have won  are, Voices of The City,  2014 Ohio’s Best New Talent, and in 2014 AAMTCO International Talent of The Year held in Las Vegas.

The girls have many performances under their belt now. With so many performances to their credit you would think nerves would be the last thing to bother them, but not so. Before heading out on stage the nerves take over from head to toe, but when they move out on stage, the nerves begin to fade away. “I love to hear the click of our high heals as we are walking on the stage and thru the red curtains”, says Madi. The girls say in a short time their music unites everyone in the room and for a little while, they provide an escape from worries in people’s lives.

When Madi and Ana are performing they like to cover many artists. They say some of their best Vines are covers of, Fall Out Boy. They also like covering Christina Aguilera’s songs. They like Christina’s songs because of their huge voices and Ana is mastering the runs. Audiences have come to love their live performances of, All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor and I’m Blonde by Bridgit Mendler. Their voices are different and have different ranges, but when put together it is magic. They are capturing audiences with every performance.

Madi and Ana’s goal is simple, they are hoping to be picked up by a recording label and release singles, albums and tour. They would love to have a show on Disney or Nickelodeon. Besides entertaining they also love fashion and would love to create a kids line based on how they dress.

The duo is becoming famous for their covers, but it will soon be because of their originals. They are songwriters and it has become a Sunday activity. If they are not performing, then you can find them in their basement making music in their studio. Everyone at their house plays a role, their dad is a musician, and mom a writer that has been published. They have about eight originals and a few have been recorded. One of their favorites is called, The Music In Me. It was written a few years ago for their mom on Mother’s Day. It is dedicated to their Poppi (their mom’s dad) who unexpectedly died five years ago. Poppi meant the world to them and even though they did not live close, you can be sure every night online they would be talking. And when it was time to go they would always end the call with, Sweet Adeline. Of course the girls would try to out sing one another and at times find themselves on the floor from one pushing the other. It was all a blast for them, and their Poppi loved it all. The Music In Me, it reminisces about special moments spent with Poppi, but forever wishing he was with them now. Another song that is a favorite is called, 2 Girls With A Dream. This song is about just what it says, the two of them with a dream. They say all of their music is personal and real because they have lived it.

Madi and Ana are just two normal girls ages twelve and fourteen. However their talent is not normal, they have been given a gift. Their talent is huge. What they have is rare in people their ages. The girls do work hard to perfect their voices, and they have done a good job of it. The tone and flexibility that they have is remarkable. It is hard to put any other word to it than, perfection.

 

We 3 and She

 

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We 3 and She is an amazing group of girls from Michigan. The girls have a great chemistry, everything they do seems to fall together effortlessly, and their harmonies are breathtaking.

These five beautiful girls have come together to create enjoyable music that everyone will love. The girls have only been together as a group for about two and a half years. It all started back in March 2012 with two sets of sisters. These two sets of sisters consist of Cayenne and Ginger Johnson, and Phoebe and Jaclyn Holmes. These four girls were taking guitar lessons from Cayenne and Ginger’s dad when Cayenne brought in a flier to class for a Battle of the Bands; she wanted to enter. W hen she was asked who would enter, she said we three, and pointing upstairs, she. So the name of the group was born, We 3 and She.

For the Battle of the Bands it was required that the song be original, and uplifting. Cayenne took the challenge and put together her first ever original song. They performed the song for Battle of the Bands and won second place, plus $500.00. It was this performance that gave them the bug and launched them into their new careers. At the performance their friend Erica came out to see them. They knew Erica could perform, and it was not long before they asked her to join their group. We 3 and She is a blossoming group of young girls, Jaclyn 13, Phoebe 17, Ginger 13, Cayenne 16 and Erica 15 and they are out to make their mark.

One of their favorite performances came when they played the, Concert for Alayna. This was a local concert to raise money for a friend who had cancer. The girls liked this really well, it made them feel their music made a difference. They said, they also loved playing at the Michigan State Fair Superstar Competition. At the competition, We 3 and She placed 4th out of 32.

We 3 and She at stars2come  We 3 and She has done well and have many accomplishments as a group, but they also have excellent achievements separately as well.   Erica was a finalist  in the 2014 Detroit Sphinx competition, a 2013 Canterbury Idol winner, and won Best Young Artist at the 5th annual Spirits Awards. Jaclyn and  Phoebe were the 2014 Canterbury Idol winners as a duo and finalists in the recent, National Singing Star Detroit Competition. Phoebe was the only Lake Orion high school student named to the exclusive 2015 US Army All-American Marching Band. Jaclyn, Cayenne and Ginger have competed and won various awards in national vocal competitions, such as OnStage NY, and Access Broadway.

One of the best things about being a group is they have each other to count on, both musically and vocally. They say each of them play an integral part in each song with their instruments, as well as their harmonies. The girls work so well as a team, if one is not there it is tough to make it work. WE 3 and She love their fans, and when people get up and dance with their music, that really makes them happy. When they are out performing they like to cover Fleetwood Mac. They say, they have well written songs with plenty of opportunities for harmonies. They are currently covering, Landslide and Dreams by them.

Their goal is to release an album or EP in the spring, and maybe actually make some money at what they love. They would also like to sing the National Anthem for a major sporting event. From here they would like to play bigger and bigger gigs,  hopefully getting into some real funding.

We 3 and She does a wonderful job covering songs, but they also have their own songs to share with their fans. Right now they have ten songs written, and plenty more growing. Each one has written or co-wrote an original song, but it is Cayenne who has written or co-wrote most of the songs. One of the songs they wrote is called, “Broken Dove”. This song is special to them and has morphed into something cool. The song has grown from a simple song that Cayenne wrote, to a band collaboration that became an almost living thing. Cayenne said her ideas often come while in the shower or sometimes when she is playing on her guitar she will come up with a riff and put words to it, and it blows up into a song. Sometimes when she writes with Phoebe and Erica they come up with some pretty cool stuff. No matter who writes a song, when they take it to the band it always becomes something different, but in a good way.

We 3 and She specialize in 5 part harmony, and have come a long way in a short time. They love their fans and have worked very hard to become what they are today. This group has become an awesome power and they are growing everyday. These five girls have a bond and sound that will make them standout from the rest, and they do. We 3 and She have the talent to one day, could be an icon just like Fleetwood Mac.

Keep your eye out for another video, this one will be on their original song, Broken Dove. They will be filming over Thanksgiving break.

March 4TH

March 4th at stars2comeThere is a sensational new pop band that is moving up very fast and out to take the world by storm.  This amazing band is “March 4th”. This band has an amazing chemistry all of their voices blend really well together and no matter what the song is they sing, the blend is so good that it in its self is catchy and refreshing. These four artists were meant to be together and so well tuned, it is a true delight to listen to them.

This amazing group is made up of Lynnzee (piano and lead vocals), Mitchell (drums), Garrett (bass and vocals), and Spencer (guitar and vocals) together they are March 4th. March 4th formed about two years ago. Their inspiration came from listening to music and watching other performer’s live concerts. Lynnzee started singing in the 3rd grade choir, and she took piano and voice lessons. At the age of fourteen she joined a rock band and it looked like fun, so they all decided to pursue music.

Since they formed, March 4th has performed at many places and this year they had the great pleasure to perform at NAMM 2014 in Anaheim Ca. in the Gibson Epiphone Showroom. They said playing for Gibson was a real honor. They have also liked performing for The Summer Shoe Crew tour and The Shoe Crew Halloween benefit show. They said these shows were awesome because the crowd was great and they made friends with the other bands.

For them, when they perform they love being able to feed off the crowd’s energy and entertaining them bringing smiles to their faces. They love seeing the reactions and to feel the adrenaline rush of performing. When they perform they cover many artists from different genres from funk to pop to punk. They enjoy covering songs from Paramore , Twenty One Pilots, The 1975 and they love changing up pop songs to their own like they did with Mylie Cyrus “Wrecking Ball”.

March 4th has been amazing and they are making their mark. March 4th were finalists on Cozy TV’s Next Great Family Band. They have also made it to the top ten best covers for Wrecking Ball on the Ryan Seacrest site. In December 2013 they were finalists at the Thousand Oaks Battle of the Bands. Last year they entered Paramore’s contest for the best cover video of “Still Into You” and Paramore shared it on Facebook. Their song was placed in an animated film called “MK Reloaded” which comes out this summer. Prior to the band forming Lynnzee won 2nd place in The Ventura County Vocal Superstar competition, best soloist at Disneyland with her high school jazz choir and numerous 1st place wins.

The members of March 4th are no strangers when it comes to TV either.   Lynnzee started doing commercials when she was four years old. She did one commercial for Toyota with George Clooney. Garrett and Spencer played the role of Zack Brady on Days of Our Lives for five years. When they were two years old they shared the role of “Bobby” on “Mind of the Married Man” on HBO. Then Garrett and Spencer started work as Raymond Hendrickson and Mitchell as the backup for Wayne Hendrickson on “Big Love”. This show was an original series on HBO and lasted five years.

March 4th has been doing a lot of writing on their own songs with several written and more on the way. One of their songs is called, “Memories” this is a special song for them because many people can relate to it and it is about just wanting to have fun. They get a lot of their ideas from things like life experiences, love, being young and enjoying life.

March 4th says music is a form of communication. If you allow it, it can change your entire mood whether you are happy and excited or heavyhearted and depressed. Music can help you connect to your feelings. They want to play music to let people know they are not alone.

March 4th are amazing and they are, marching forth to capture their dreams and make great music for everyone to enjoy. Be sure and keep track of March 4th on their website  

Mandee & The ABC Girls

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The world is always in need of great wholesome music and entertainment. There has been many entertainers to provide wonderful entertainment like this over the years and one of the greatest is Donny and Marie Osmond. They always put on a great show and it was entertainment the entire family could enjoy and had you smiling all the way. The Osmond’s are from Utah and so are Mandee & The ABC Girls and they are bringing the same great entertainment.

This beautiful group of girls are destined to be one of the great family entertainers just like Donny and Marie, “but” times two. These girls have set out to make the world a brighter place, and they have certainly brightened many people’s day with their brand new video, “Shine Brightly”. There is no way a person can watch this video and not smile and it make things a bit brighter for them. It has a message of kindness and lending a hand to others in need turning a gloomy day into a bright shiny new one. This great song was written by their mother and then they all together came up with the melody. It was their dad that came up with the story line for the video. They said it was a lot of fun having all their best friends there to help. It just took two days to film, and it has been a great success. The girls say it teaches many different things and they hope it will help and inspire others. These girls do inspire people everywhere, the world needs many more just like them.

Mandee and the ABC Girls  at stars2come      Introducing the greatest new inspirational group today; we have Mandee 14, Aubree 10, Brittnee 9, and Christee 8 together they are Mandee & The ABC Girls the country’s greatest new inspiration and the pride of Utah. The girls started singing together as soon as they could talk, their parents would let them sing at parties and holiday events pretty much anywhere people would listen. They officially became came Mandee & The ABC Girls in 2010, it was when they decided as a family that they wanted to share their talents and music to the world. Their very first performance as Mandee & The ABC Girls was for a furniture store during Christmas. They said they sang all their favorite Christmas songs as people walked through the store and many people stopped and just enjoyed the show.

The girls really do want to bring hope and inspiration to people and one of the ways they enjoy doing it is performing at school assemblies. They say the kids at school really gets involved in their performances, they seem to feel their energy and the love they have. They also say when they leave, they have tons of new friends.

They love to sing together and they say it is what helps keep the family so close. Performing as a family teaches them to get along and compromise, and they truly do help each other to follow and live their dream. Their mission as a family is to create music and entertainment that will touch hearts in a real way. They hope to touch people in a way that inspires them to make a change in their life even if it is a small one and this is how everyone can help make the world a better place. Their goal is to be positive role models and inspire people all over the world to have dreams and to follow them with all of their hearts.

The girls have been doing extremely well together and their great musical talents have not only won the hearts of many people around the world, but also won the Hurricanes Got Talent in November 2013. They also made it all the way to the finals at Dixie’s Got  Talent this year in January. However it is not awards that they sing for, it is to make other people smile and feel happiness.

Mandee & The ABC Girls has also found their way into several commercials. One commercial was for a local Fun center and others were for a local furniture store. They hope to one day have their own TV show. The girls say they have many fun skits and would love to make people laugh. They are four very real and cute girls that would brighten any TV network out there. The world is in dire need of a new honest and wholesome TV show and these girls would certainly fill that spot very well.

Mandee & The ABC Girls do sing a lot together and they like covering inspirational songs that have powerful vocals. They like doing these they say because it helps to stretch their voices and improve their skill level as singers.

Mandee and the ABC Girls  at stars2come They do a great job with cover songs, but they have many great originals they like to sing as well. The original songs they sing are songs they write and these girls are great songwriters. All the songs on their new album, “Shine Brightly” was written by them. Their songwriting ability is outstanding and they currently have over 50 songs in various stages of development. Their favorite song on the album is called, “Popsicle’s and You”. They love it because it is about spending time with your family. They wrote this song while riding in the car going to their vacation destination. The idea to write positive, upbeat, being kind and following your dream songs came from a tragedy that happened in their family in 2010. From this they wanted something to give hope to those who were hurting, and that people do care. The album is dedicated to those who are hurting or have been hurt. The girls hope to inspire and change lives, even if it is only one. If this happens then they have accomplished their dream.

The girls love people and they sing for them to make a difference. They themselves are people too, they are not perfect, they make mistakes and even fight sometimes, but they love each other, they love to perform, but most of all they love to touch hearts. They want people to know they truly care and want them to dream, to hope and to believe in themselves.

Wow these girls do bring inspiration and they bring it in a big way. They have big hearts and dreams that are shared daily and we are lucky to have them. The girls are an amazing group that shows togetherness, love and hope. When they say they want to put smiles on people’s faces, well they have certainly achieved that, the world could learn a lot from these girls. Mandee & The ABC Girls are beautiful and very talented and have already made a difference and the world is a better place now that we have them!