AJ on Fox5 Las Vegas - Vegas Teen Has Eye On Grammy
Las Vegas singing sensation A.J. Green, who suffers from sickle cell disease, has already shared the stage with several celebrity singers.
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A.J. appears with Elton John, and duets with Jennifer Hudson....
On Saturday, October 9 the stars aligned over Las Vegas when some of the music industry's biggest names, and our own AJ Green, come together for the Grand Slam for Children at Wynn Las Vegas. The headliner was Elton John and other acts included Bill Cosby, the Canadian Tenors, Jason Mraz and Rob Thomas. The musical director was the infamous David Foster and AJ got to perform at the beginning of the event and came back for two songs: one of which was a showstopping duet with Jennifer Hudson. The event brought together international stars - from music to comedy - to build awareness and raise money for the work of the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education. Since 1995 the Grand Slam has raised over $85 million to benefit such projects as AJ's high school, the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy. Read the Press Coverage from the Las Vegas Sun, the Review Journal and Las Vegas Weekly.
Singer A.J. Green Made a Wish, and the Stars and Producers Aligned
When asked what he did on his summer vacation, 18-year old Anthony "A.J." Green's response was unlike anything one might read in a first day of school essay: "I graduated high school, worked on my album that's coming out in a week - Oh, and I sang for two Presidents. I almost forgot about that."
The chancellor of A.J.'s high school, the Agassi Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada, asked him to sing the National Anthem at the political rally for Senator Harry Reid being held at the school in June. Delivering the anthem with passion and confidence - though A.J. says the most important part of singing the anthem is "don't forget the words" -won A.J. many admirers, including President Bill Clinton who quietly sang along. It also won A.J. the chance to sing for President Obama at another rally two weeks later.
However, after hearing about his whirlwind last two years, momentarily forgetting about singing the National Anthem for two Presidents is understandable. ...Read the full article.
Singing for the Presidents
"Not just politicking as usual" is the line from The Urban Voice's coverage of President Barach Obama's July campaign visit to Las Vegas. AJ sang the national anthem and got to meet the President. You can read more.
This opportunity came after someone from Senator Reid's office saw AJ sing for an event with Bill Clinton at AJ's high school alma mater, Andre Agassi Prep, less than a month before. Singing for two presidents in a month, what a way to kick off the summer. AJ even made the news!
On Fox5 Las Vegas:
Vegas Teen Sings Anthem for Two Presidents
A Make A Wish news feature on AJ
Some of the facts are yet to come true... but hey it's about a wish! Check Out This NBC News Story from Las Vegas
Wish puts teen on the fast track to singing stardom