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GL's Back-to-School Music Takeover is coming to *you* on August 7!

Mark your calendars, because the *biggest* party on social media is about to hit your screens.

Click here to watch the *whole* show on IGTV!

It's GL's Back-to-School Music Takeover, and it's *all* happening on GL'Insta and TikTok on Friday, August 7 at 6 p.m. EST!

From virtual performers (check out our *amaze* lineup below) to fab freebies and can't-miss celeb hosts, it's the *perf* virtual event to say goodbye to summer and hello to back-to-school szn. Plus, the whole bash benefits No Kid Hungry—so when you watch, you're helping us help the 1 in 4 kids who are going back to school hungry.

Click here to watch the *whole* show on IGTV!

Before you tune in on GL's Insta and TikTok, get to know our *fabulous* performers (and keep checking back as we announce special surprises)...

Meet the Hosts:

Run the World

Get excited because Kheris RogersHayley LeBlanc, Corinne Joy and Jessalyn Grace—otherwise known as *fabulous* girl band Run the World—are going to be *your* celeb hosts all night long at the GL Back-to-School Music Takeover. The star-studded squad came together for their upbeat single "Rainbow" and there's only more empowering music in their future. Get to know these four amaze BFFs when you tune into GL's Insta and TikTok on Friday, August 7 at 6 p.m. EST

Meet the Performers:

Jenna Raine 

Named "the next great young songwriter" by Refinery29, Jenna Raine is paving her way as one of Gen Z's most exciting stars on the rise. The 16-year-old singer and songwriter is *totally* passionate about music. When she's not recording showstopping originals, she loves spending time with her friends and fam, playing sports and making *hilarious* TikToks. We can't wait to watch Jenna Raine light up the GL virtual stage with her breathtaking vocals and oh-so-relatable lyrics.

Watch the vid for "You Can Blame Me": 

Taylor Felt

A 19-year-old singer, songwriter and musician who hails from Connecticut, Taylor Felt has been working tirelessly at her craft from a very young age—showing us that with *tons* of determination, you can achieve anything! From growing an organic following of 3.5M+ across social media platforms to performing the National Anthem at the Staples Center for the Los Angeles Lakers game, Taylor has connected with and inspired *tons* of people with her music. While staying at home these past few months, Taylor has continued to write new songs and learned to play with the guitar. We can't wait to see her incredible talent when she takes the virtual stage on August 7! Fun fact: Taylor has rocked out the GL stage *countless* times with her unforgettable performances at Fashion Bash

Sing along as Taylor belts out this *amazing* Jessie J cover:

Dara Reneé


Photo by David Higgs

You may recognize Dara Reneé from her *incredible* role as Kourtney on the Disney+ original High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. When she's not starring in musicals like HSMTMTS, Freaky Friday or West Side Story, she's working hard on her acting, with a recurring role on the hit ABC series black-ish. Dara is going to perform her original Evolution at the BTS Music Takeover, and she opened up about what inspired the song: "I wrote this song as a tribute to all the black men and women who inspire me daily. During these times I have been gaining knowledge on the magic of my culture...y'all have been giving me the courage to keep writing and I appreciate that. [sic]"

Get inspired as Dara and Olivia Rodrigo belt out "Born to Be Brave":

Hello Sister

What's *not* to love about this musical sister squad? The talented trio of Grace, Gabriella and Scarlett Mason hails from Orlando, Florida and writes and performs their own brand of pop-rock. They're all about honoring legendary icons with their reality show Pop Through the Decades and recording fun-filled bops. Keep your eye out for Grace as the lead vocalist, Gabriella as the lead guitarist and background vocalist and Scarlett rocking it out on the drums. The girls are all between 12 and 14 years old—and their dedication to their craft is *so* inspiring. 

Jam out to "Summer Time": 

Siena and Sydney Agudong

Speaking of ultra-talented sibs, get to know Siena and Sydney! Sydney is an actress, singer and professional songwriter born and raised in Hawaii who thrives when she's performing—both on camera and on the stage. She recently wrapped a leading role as Jasmine in the coming-of-age independent feature film West Michigan and is hard at work on the debut of her original music. Meanwhile, her sis Siena is known for starring in Disney Channel's Upside Down Magic (premiering July 31), the Nickelodeon series Star Falls as well as No Good Nick on Netflix. Who inspires Siena? Sydney, ofc (*too cute*). 

We're blown away by Sydney's talent in this vid: 

Kjersti Long

Kjersti Long is a rock prodigy who has written and performed with Grammy nominated and winning artists who hopes to follow in the footsteps of her musical idols—from Pat Benatar to Janis Joplin. Whether onstage or in the studio, she's working with some of the best in the industry and has performed at iconic rock venues across the country. She even sold out a standing room only headlining event at The Bitter End in NYC! Coming to us from New Jersey, the 13-year-old can't wait to perform her original "Not Your Princess" at the BTS Music Takeover. What's the song all about? "It's about knowing who you are," Kjersti shares. "I can't change who I am—I have to be myself and I hope to inspire my listeners to feel the same." The EP of Not Your Princess is available on all streaming platforms.

See Kjersti's *rockstar* performance skills: 

Featuring celeb guests...

The cast of The Baby-Sitters Club


image: @netflix

Momona Tamada, Shay Rudolph, Xochitl Gomez, Malia Baker and Sophie Grace play besties Claudia, Stacey, Dawn, Mary Anne and Kristy on Netflix's The Baby-Sitters Club. But did you know they're besties IRL, too?

That's right! The BSC girls got *super* close while filming and now they're basically inseparable. And from hanging out on set to creating crazy adventures offscreen, our fave ladies learned a thing or two about friendship. That's why they'll be sharing all their BFF PRO TIPS during our Back-to-School Music Takeover!

Carrie Berk

Carrie Berk is a bestselling author, actress, social media influencer and anti-bullying activist—all at only 17 years old. Bella Magazine declared her "an ambitious and dedicated boss babe" and we can't help but agree. Carrie has over 21 published books to her credit including the series The Cupcake Club, Fashion Academy and Ask Emma. When the 2020 high school grad isn't busy writing for her blog Carrie's Chronicles or Girls' Life (love!), you can find her starring as Karina on the Brat TV series Stage Fright, posting fashion-forward *lewks* on her Insta or setting trends on TikTok.

Check out Carrie behind-the-scenes of Stage Fright:

What else is going down at GL's Back-to-School Music Takeover? We've got enter-to-win swag bags with *amaze* merch and freebies from Avon, Blue Lizard SunscreenBrabar, Clean & Clear, Crispy Green, Del SolHello SisterJafra, L.A. Colors, Lady Caroline Cosmetics, Pamprin, TBH Kids and ZapZyt.

Follow @girlslifemag on Insta and TikTok for *all* the updates and click here to watch the *whole* show on IGTV!

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by Katherine Hammer | 8/7/2020
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