New Kidz Bop kid Ashlynn Chong, from L.A., dishes about being new to the crew.
by Michael Berick
Ashlynn Chong is proof of the adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” When she was 9, she auditioned to be in Kidz Bop Kids – the youth singing group that has sold more than 14 million CDs worldwide. She didn’t make the cut. Last year, the 12-year-old Los Angeles native auditioned again and was chosen as one of a handful of performers who are now part of Kidz Bop Kids.
Before jetting off to New York City to start her duties (including recording the group’s next CD), Chong gave her first interview as a Kidz Bop Kid to L.A. Parent.
How was this year’s audition different from your first?
This year, I was ready. From my dad’s music school [Music Stars & Masters in L.A. and Canoga Park] and my school choir, I learned a lot about vocal technique, and my dance teacher [at Super Stars Dance Academy in L.A.] really helped me to love dance.
The 12 Kidz Bop Kids finalists went through a boot camp in Dallas. What was the most memorable part of that experience?
At the very end of the auditions, we had a talent show and I decided to play the drums to [Bruno Mars’] “Locked Out of Heaven.” Everybody got up on stage, and we all started singing. It was really, really fun
So far, what has been your favorite activity as a Kidz Bop Kid?
It was doing the commercial and the music video for Kidz Bop 25. We got to shoot at Universal Studios, on Baker Street, and all of my friends were saying, “We saw you on TV.”
What has been the most challenging thing for you?
It was getting my vocals better. I really had to step it up – increase my range and increase the power of my voice. Dancing and singing together is hard. I am still working on building up my stamina. When we first started rehearsing, I could barely do two songs without dying, and in the end we got through a 45-minute show. The more I practiced, the better it got. You want to make it look effortless and super fun.
Is there something you are looking forward to in particular?
ve seen the Kidz Bop shows. They looked like the kids were having a blast, and I am excited to do that. We tour all around the country and Canada. That is going to be a really amazing experience.
Besides being a performer, you’ve played soccer, too. Are there any similarities between being on a team and being in a band?
It is all about the teamwork. We are a team, and we have to be there for each other no matter what. We want each other to succeed in what we do. You can’t really do this alone. Like in soccer, everyone is contributing. We have to do our part. The more we work together, the better the outcome.