Bio for pop/R&B singer Ebon Lurks

It’s hard to believe Ebon Lurks doesn’t have a record deal yet. The 18-year-old singer has pop star good looks, vocals reminiscent of Justin Bieber and Chris Brown, and thousands of die-hard fans known as “Lurkers.” Without major label backing, he’s amassed more than 25,000 YouTube subscribers and 3.5 million YouTube views, not to mention more than 35,000 fans and followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. His YouTube cover of Frank Ocean’s “Thinking About You” — recorded in a bathroom and backed only by a pair of pencils used as makeshift drumsticks — has more than 350,000 views.

But there’s more to the Oklahoma native’s story than raw talent, charm and popular videos that prompt marriage proposals from fans. When he was just 2 years old, Ebon suffered the ultimate loss — the untimely death of both of his parents. In the wake of the tragedy, Ebon and his brother, Malek, moved to Tulsa to live with his grandmother and her daughters, who raised the boys as their own.

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Bio for pop/R&B artist Madisyn Elise

In an era of cookie-cutter pop idols, 14-year-old songstress Madisyn Elise is blazing her own path to stardom. A talented artist with entrepreneurial vision, Madisyn writes her own material, plays multiple instruments and co-owns the independent music label MEK7 Entertainment. Madisyn’s trademark sound is a bold mix of pop, rock and R&B that channels her youthful energy, with positive, inspirational lyrics that reflect a maturity far beyond her years. Case in point is her debut single “Crazy, Crazy,” a powerful anti-bullying anthem she wrote after being harassed by peers at school.

“This one experience kind of tipped me over,” said Madisyn, a native of College Park, Georgia. “I was just really tired and sad and depressed, and I wrote that song because of everything that I had been through.”

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