Popular Anti-Bullying ‘Teen Nation Tour’ Set To Hit Road Again In 2015!

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In 2009, a man named Lee Wilson came face-to-face with the harshness of bullying when his own son faced a situation with a bully that turned physical. With this happening, Mr. Wilson stepped up, this experience pulling him to create a community program that needed to make kids and teens aware of the bullying within their own communities, including ways to help prevent it. Thus, the Teen Nation Tour was born!

The Teen Nation Tour is a peer-to-peer community service program that prides itself on educating and entertaining youth about bullying in a way students can relate and that is through the power of music.

Aiming toward schools, this tour features young music artists from across the country who are known for their top music hits appearing on radio shows, YouTube, television and more. Not only do these amazing young people take the time to share their experiences and knowledge of bullying, they also perform concerts at different venues.

They recently ended their 2014 Tour in December. Now, the Teen Nation Tour will be ready to hit the pavement starting this January 2015 coming to a city near you with their 2015 Teen Nation “”Timeout” To End Bullying” Campaign. Their plans are all set to visit over 20,000 kids in schools, Boys & Girls Clubs, children’s hospital and other youth organizations. An amazing part of this tour is where Teen Nation will choose a nominated student in each city they visit to award the Teen Excellence award.

The tour plans begin on January 12th making stops in Dallas, Texas; San Antonio, Texas and Austin, Texas then picking back up in the fall heading up the west coast to Boise, Idaho; Salt Lake City, Utah; Las Vegas, Nevada; Phoenix, Arizona and so many more wonderful places!

Many performers will be joining the Tour this year, including the face of the Teen Nation Tour and headliner, JRyan. Others joining in on this fantastic campaign are Dylan Rey, Simply Rayne, Aingea Venuto, Celeste Kellogg, Jared Salas, RebelMann, Faith Marie, Jeremiah Jay, Savannah Garza, Rudi Alizah, Colton Jacobson, Kaylin Roberson and Delaney Ann!

It’s truly amazing what Teen Nation Tour has accomplished so far in the last few years for many communities. They began with only with a few cities back in 2012, but Teen Nation Tour has grown in 2014 to reach more than half a million people — more than 330 schools and venues in over 40 cities in 22 states! And this year, they’re ready to reach even further!

Perhaps one day, every community in the country will join them in the fight against bullying; helping to raise awareness and learning prevention methods.

Did you know that bullying has become one of the greatest widespread issues children, teens and young adults face a lot of these days? What some people don’t know is that it can happen anywhere, not only in school or on the bus. Bullying has no limitations or restrictions as it can range from simple teasing and name-calling to a severe physical altercation to a nasty text message you receive on your phone.

Many different forms of bullying exist that you or someone you know might be dealing with/have dealt with such as:

  • Verbalinsults, mean jokes, teasing, etc.
  • Physicalhitting, kicking, physical attack upon a person, etc.
  • Indirectcruel rumors, purposeful exclusion from group/activities, etc.
  • Cyberbullying an electronic medium-type of bullying which can consist of text messages, emails, chatrooms, IMs, etc. Also fits in with “Indirect” bullying.

If you or someone you know has experienced any form of bullying, help make a stand and say “TIMEOUT!” as it’s time to stop!

For more information on the amazing Teen Nation Tour, please head to www.TeenNationTour.org!

TI Exclusive: Colin Huntley On Balancing His Music With Teenage Life!

During our teenage years, we all have dreams that reach far into adulthood.  We want to be Doctors, Lawyers, Rockstars, Astronauts, Models, and on and on the list goes.  For some of us, our dreams become reality sooner than we ever expected and that is what is happening to Colin Huntley.

Colin Huntley is a singer/songwriter living in Austin, Texas who began his pursuit of music in 2011 at an AMTC showcase in Orlando, FL.  Now, Colin has two EP’s that you can get, “ECLECTIC” and “Best I Never Had.”  Now, the title song for his second EP, “Best I Never Had” has a great music video and is up for its first award!

Below you can read interview questions answered by Colin himself!

“Best I Never Had” is up for the 2014 Music and Media Award; what was your reaction to the news of the nomination?
I was really thrilled to hear the news about Best I Never Had. Any kind of recognition you get for your music means a lot, especially so early in my career. I always put all of myself into my music, so the music, in essence is me, or at least who I was in that moment that I wrote it. So for people to recognize and reward it, makes it feel like they’re recognizing and rewarding a part of me. It’s a cool feeling.
What was your favorite part of shooting the “Best I Never Had” music video? Least favorite?
My favorite part of the shoot was the people. I flew to LA to do that shoot, and was there for about a week, doing various things. The video shoot was 2 days, and I made several life long friends along the way. Nayip Ramos, the director was an incredible guy. He made the whole shoot fun! He would yell really random things to try to get smiles and laughs out of us on camera. Him and the whole cast and crew were seriously great people. My least favorite part of the shoot was honestly just the early mornings. I’m definitely not a morning person, and we shot this before I discovered coffee.
 How is balancing your music and finishing up high school, any challenges? 

Balancing music and school is very difficult for me. Not because of the work load, but because of the motivation… I’m very motivated to be a musician, and I’ve known that for a while now. I understand why school is important, but sometimes I can get to feeling like it’s holding me back from running towards music 100%. Luckily, I do go to a performing arts school, so I am able to spend at least more of my day on music than most kids in high school can.

What are your short term and long term goals?

Goals are always a really interesting thing to me, because I’ve learned that so much can change so fast, and I change so fast. So my goals aren’t as specific as I think some people would tell you they should be. My number one short term goal is to graduate high school. Once that happens, I’ll have time to focus completely on music, which will be great.

As far as my number one, long term goal, I would have to say that it is simply to play music for a lot of people. I just want to make people feel understood… All of my favorite artists ever write and perform songs that make me feel understood, and I want to be that for a whole lot of people.

Where does your passion lie: singing/acting?
My passion is in expression. I know that’s a very artsy answer, but that’s where it is. I think my gift is music, so usually my expression comes out through music, but I’m a very emotional person. I have a lot of thoughts, ideas, and stories running through my head all the time, and I’m passionate about making those things heard.
What is the easiest part of song writing for you?  Hardest part?

The easiest part of songwriting for me has always been melody. Every songwriter I’ve ever met has one strength that rises above all, and mine is chorus melody. I’ve just always had a knack for that. The most difficult thing for me is lyrics. I’ve always got so many ideas. Some of them are literal, and some of them are poetic, and sometimes I can’t decide which direction I want to go.

Who is your dream duet/collaboration with?

I have two answers to this one. As far as musical collaboration goes, without a doubt, my dream collaboration is with John Mayer. I just want to play blues guitar with the man, and sing some harmonies! He’s my all time musical hero.

And as far as songwriting collaboration goes, I would definitely want to write with Ryan Tedder. He’s written countless hit pop songs, but that’s not what makes him special to me. All of these amazingly successful songs he’s written are also so emotional and so soulful. I love how he’s mastered taking real emotion and making it so universal.

What is one piece of advice you could give to anyone that wants to be a singer?

There are a few things I’ve learned about pursuing a music career that I wish I had known before. One is that it’s incredibly competitive. It doesn’t matter how bad you want it or if you’re doing it for the right reasons or the wrong reasons. The only people who have succeeded long term are those who have talent, but more importantly, work ethic. You have to work very hard.
On top of that, you have to have thick skin. Because even the most talented, most hard working people may never make it, and you have to know that, and be okay with it. You’re gonna run into some discouraging situations in pursuing a career in music. Those moments are what define who will and won’t make it.

 

Video Of Jake T. Austin Learning How To Surf With His Best Friend On TeenVogue!!!

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It’s important to understand that celebrities are just like any other person. Most celebrities, have friends that they have for life, such as Jake T. Austin. Jake and his best-friend Ramin Abrams have been best friends for years and are still best friends to this day. The three videos on Teen Vogue are of the two best friends talking about their friendship, goals, futures, and careers as entertainers. The videos also show the two guys skating, surfing, and just hanging out! Check out the videos here!

AJR’s Got Some Free Shows For You — Details Here!

ajrThe awesome guys of AJR have got a treat for their many wonderful fans and we know you’re going to love it! AJR have set up plenty of shows this August and the best part? Most of them are FREE!!

Throughout August, they’ll be having free shows at the following locations:

  • August 9th @ 3 p.m. – Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua, NH
  • August 10th @ 3 p.m.- Northshore Mall in Peabody, MA
  • August 22nd @ 8 p.m.- The Domain Mall in Austin, TX
  • August 23rd @ 4 p.m.- Oxford Valley Mall in Langhorne, PA
  • August 24th – @ 3 p.m. – Montgomery Mall in Montgomery, PA

The guys also have two shows in between at Oceanbreeze Water Park in Norfolk, VA and the Back 2 School Bash in Raleigh, NC which you can get tickets for!

For all event details and ticketing information, just head to AJRBrothers.com!

Austin Mahone’s New Interview — Watch Here!!

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Austin Mahone sat down and chatted with ClevverTV for a new interview. The interview was just released yesterday, June 1st, which is also the same day Austin performed at BLI’s Summer Jam.

Check out the interview below and watch Austin answer some lightening round questions!

Austin Mahone Joins Pitbull On Stage At iTunes Festival At SXSW For “MMM Yeah” — Watch Now!

Fans checking out Pitbull’s set at the iTunes Festival show at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas on Friday night (March 14) were in for a real treat — not only did they get to see a killer performance by Mr. Worldwide himself at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater, but Pitbull invited a special guest on stage to sing their latest single together: Austin Mahone!

“Y’all better look out for him,” Pitbull said by way of introduction. “He’s young, he’s hungry, and a hard worker.”

Miss the live streams of the show on iTunes and VEVO earlier? No worries! Check out the high-energy performance of “MMM Yeah” in the video below now and let us know how you think they did!

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Zac Efron + ‘Neighbors’ Cast Promote Film At SXSW — Check Out Our Mega Picture Post!

It was a big weekend for Zac Efron’s latest film Neighbors at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas! Not only did Zac and his castmates Seth Rogen, Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and more gather to premiere the film at the Paramount Theatre on Saturday night (March 8), they also took part in several fan events over the course of the weekend: a cast Q&A for Facebook Live, a Tumblr Meet Up at the #SXSubway Lounge, and a Funny or Die Open House!

All the events were a success — the cast and the fans look like they had a blast — and the film debuted to overall positive reviews!

You can check out pictures of all the fun in the galleries below now — and be sure to mark your calendar for May 9, when Neighbors will hit theaters across the U.S.!

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Emblem3: Great First #Bandlife Show In Austin @EmblemThree

23ac4dd0914b11e38b010e4cd888e04e_8Emblem3 began their first show in the #bandlife Tour 2014 on February 8th in Austin, Texas at EMO’s! The pic above was from their opening night, thanks to a loyal Emblem3 fan for sharing it! They said: “Thank you AUSTIN for making opening night on our FIRST headlining tour absolutely perfect. We will never forget this night!! 📷 c/o @KarinaOreos from twitter :)” There are many more shows to come and we can’t wait! Did you see the show in Austin? Give us details! We love the details!

Taylor Swift And Her Christmas Onesie – See The Pic! @taylorswift13

taylorIt seems like Taylor Swift is back home just in time for the holidays. Taylor has been busy touring in Australia for her Red Tour. The star shared a photo via Instagram of herself and her brother, Austin, in front of the Christmas tree wearing matching onesies! Taylor also tweeted:

“Matching Christmas onesies is a thing that’s happening right now.”

They sure do look really cute! It is always nice to spend the holidays with your family and friends.

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