LOS ANGELES, Nov. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Get ready to rock this holiday season during The Salvation Army's sixth annual Rock the Red Kettle concert. Taking the stage will be some of music's top up-and-comers, including returning headliner Becky G, with additional performances from rising singer songwriter Jacob Whitesides and rising young pop artist Jake Miller. The free concert, which will take place on Saturday, December 5 at 5 p.m. PT at the L.A. LIVE Event Deck in Downtown Los Angeles, will be streamed live on RedKettleReason.org.
This year's Rock the Red Kettle performers will also share their personal motivations for giving by posting their #RedKettleReason throughout the holiday season and inviting their fans to do the same.
Fans can also win awesome prizes for sharing their #RedKettleReason in the weeks before the concert. The Army is partnering with Teen Vogue to give fans the chance to win a retweet from their favorite performers, a trip to L.A. to attend the Rock the Red Kettle concert or even the chance to meet the artists before the show. For more information, visit teenvogue.com/redkettlereason.
"I am excited to be involved with Rock the Red Kettle for the second year. One of my favorite things last year was seeing all of the amazing #RedKettleReason posts my fans shared," said Becky G. "I support The Salvation Army because I know firsthand that the money they raise goes toward ensuring families will have a roof over their heads and kids will not go to bed hungry. My family struggled when I was younger, and we were lucky to have organizations like The Salvation Army help us get through tough times."
"The Salvation Army is one of those organizations that people know about – but may not realize all of the awesome things they do," said Jacob Whitesides. "I want my fans to know that they can help make a difference in someone's life by doing something as simple as dropping the change from their pocket into a Red Kettle at the mall or just going online to share their #RedKettleReason. I grew up watching my mom work multiple jobs to support my sister and me and I feel lucky to be in a position to give and ask the fans in my life to give back too."
"I've been really inspired to learn about all the great things The Salvation Army does," said Jake Miller. ""It's an honor to perform on their behalf and celebrate giving back during the holidays."
In addition to Becky G, Jacob Whitesides and Jake Miller, this year's concert will feature other up-and-coming artists including Quinn Martin, Alec Bailey and Tahj Mowry.
"This is such a powerful and talented generation of young artists, and their desire to partner with us and show their fans the true meaning of the holiday season is inspiring," said Lt. Col. Ron Busroe, community relations and development secretary for The Salvation Army. "It does not matter whether you are rich or poor, young or old, we all have the ability to offer hope and change to those in need, by supporting The Salvation Army."
"We are excited to host Rock the Red Kettle at L.A. LIVE again this year and offer a night of free entertainment while raising awareness for an iconic organization," said Lee Zeidman, president of L.A. LIVE. "We enjoy our partnership with The Salvation Army because the Red Kettle Campaign has such a positive impact in communities nationwide."
Rock the Red Kettle will raise awareness of the 125th annual Red Kettle Campaign, the oldest charitable fundraiser of its kind in the United States. Money raised during the campaign helps The Salvation Army serve approximately 30 million of America's most vulnerable through an array of social services, including food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless and toys for children at Christmas.
"Rock the Red Kettle is an awesome way to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Red Kettle campaign," said Ned Specktor, the show's producer. "The concert provides a unique way to educate the future generation about the importance of helping those in need with the help of The Salvation Army and through the power of music."
The concert will be streamed live on RedKettleReason.org so music fans and young philanthropists near and far can join in on the fun. In addition to giving online or to the more than 25,000 Red Kettle bell ringers found on street corners and retail entrances across the country, supporters can donate through the Army's text-to-give program. By texting the word "KETTLE" to 80888, donors can send $10 to the Red Kettle Campaign through December 24.
From its humble beginnings as a San Francisco donation collection by Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. It enables The Salvation Army to provide Christmas toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry and countless social service programs year-round.
To learn more about the event and get tickets, visit redkettletickets.com.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Approximately 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army are used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). For more information, go to salvationarmyusa.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.
About Becky G
Becky G, singer, songwriter, and actress signed to Kemosabe, the Sony Music Entertainment record label founded by hitmaker Dr. Luke, and RCA Records in 2012. Last year, Becky was part of the "MTV Artist To Watch" tour with Austin Mahone and was named Radio Disney's "N.B.T." (Next Big Thing) artist. Becky won a Radio Disney Award in the category of "Catchiest New Song" for her hit single "Shower" in 2015. Becky is also a COVERGIRL®, appearing in national TV and print advertising for the brand. In August of 2015, Becky released her latest single, "Break a Sweat." On October 25, Becky wrapped up the "La Familia" Tour with co-headliner, J Balvin, and has several independent performances in the coming months. Becky recently guest starred on Fox's hit TV show, "Empire" as aspiring Latina singer Valentina. It was recently announced that Becky G is set to play the Yellow Ranger in the upcoming "Power Rangers" movie. Born and raised in the Inglewood area of Los Angeles, Becky's family hails from Mexico, making her bilingual in English and Spanish.
About Jacob Whitesides
It's only been nine months since Jacob self-released his debut EP A Piece Of Me that caught the attention of millions of fans and reached the top of the charts in eight countries including the U.S. Jacob, a fiercely independent spirit, opted out of a major label deal and choose to become the CEO of his own touring, merchandising and record label Double U Records, who recently partnered with BMG for the release of his new EP Faces On Film - Jacob's second #1 EP. In addition to multiple sold-out US and European headline tours, Radio Disney recently named Jacob their "Next Big Thing" and Rolling Stone recognizes Jacob for shaking up pop culture and "one of the best examples of DIY Internet success."
About Jake Miller
Ever since Jake Miller began posting his original songs on YouTube a few years ago, the 22-year-old Miami-born pop artist has been building a virtual army of fans. Miller independently released two EP's: 2012's Spotlight and 2013's The Road Less Traveled, which debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Hip-Hop chart. His full-length album, 2013's Us Against Them, sold over 33,000 copies and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Rap chart. Now signed to Warner Bros. Records, his first EP for the label, Lion Heart, sold 8,000 copies its first week alone and climbed to No. 2 on the iTunes Pop chart. It includes the singles "Dazed and Confused," featuring Travie McCoy, and "First Flight Home" (produced by Danish songwriter-producer Cutfather). In November 2014, Miller co-hosted and performed at the 2014 MTV EMA pre-show with Nick Cannon, joined Meghan Trainor, Nick Jonas and others on the national Jingle Ball tour, and performed on Nickelodeon's New Year's Eve special. In July 2015, Miller released the Rumors EP and hit the road for his headlining "Dazed and Confused" U.S. tour and his first-ever European tour. Miller is currently in the studio working on songs for his upcoming full-length album.
About L.A. LIVE
L.A. LIVE is a 4-million-square-foot/$3 billion downtown Los Angeles sports and entertainment district adjacent to the STAPLES Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center featuring Club Nokia, a 2,300-capacity live music venue; Microsoft Theater L.A. LIVE, a 7,100-seat live theatre; a 54-story, 1,001-room convention "headquarters" destination (featuring The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles and JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE hotels and 224 luxury condominiums – The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE – all in a single tower); the GRAMMY Museum®; the 14-screen Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 theatre; broadcast facilities for ESPN, along with entertainment, residential, restaurant and office space. Developed by Los Angeles-based AEG, L.A. LIVE, considered to be the nation's most active "live content and event campus," also features 260,480 square feet of conference center and ballroom facilities; a 100,000-square-foot special events deck; the famous Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounge; the celebrity-owned Conga Room; a one-of-a-kind GRAMMY Museum, saluting the history of music and the genre's best-known awards show, all centered around Microsoft Square L.A. LIVE, a 40,000-square-foot outdoor event space. L.A. LIVE showcases more events, award shows, sporting competitions, concerts and hospitality options than any other destination in the world. Visit L.A. LIVE today at lalive.com.
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SOURCE The Salvation Army