True Beliebers And A JP Band CD

Melissa Moniz
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Friday - March 09, 2011
Taylor Moniz

Along with about half the world, my 8-year-old daughter Taylor has Bieber Fever.

What started with a love for his songs such as Favorite Girl, One Less Lonely Girl and One Time has just multiplied by 1,000 after seeing his 3D movie Never Say Never.

The madness began last year when we first saw the preview for Never Say Never at theaters. Her eyes lit up, she started jumping in her seat and clapping, and immediately turned to me and said, “Mommy, please, please, please, we have to go and watch that.”

And when she saw it released in February, she begged to have a Justin Bieber movie birthday party.

To add to her party proposal, she and Bieber share the same birthday (March 1), which I must admit is pretty cool. Needless to say she thinks there’s nothing in the world cooler and she finds every opportunity to let others know about it.

For those who are non Beliebers: The fringed-haired Canada native who was discovered on YouTube just turned 17 years old. And yes, despite my daughter’s insistence that he and teen actress and singer Selena Gomez broke up, they’re still together.

And so we agreed to the party. And because Dad would spoil the girl fun, I rallied my sister-in-law and friend to help me chaperone the 10 girls, including our 5-year-old daughter Kylie.

We might as well have skipped the lunch portion of the party at Dave & Buster’s, because it just made the wait to see the movie seem even longer.

Once in the theater, we geared up with our 3-D glasses and the movie began. To no surprise, Taylor sang pretty much every song - and loud! I was about seven seats away and I could hear her very clearly. And when I turned around I could see her dancing in her seat doing arm motions.

I’m not into ruining anyone else’s movie-going experience, but I thought at this movie singing (and maybe even dancing) would be expected - until the last song came on and it read “Sing Along” and the words ran across the screen like karaoke.

Oh, well. She had a blast and so did her friends, who also did a bit of singing themselves.

After the movie Taylor told me, “Weird, it said to sing along to Baby, but I sang along to all the songs.”

As expected, Taylor got lots of Bieber presents, including seven T-shirts, a hat, a calendar and a bag. All of which she has in rotation and has used every day since. And she even uses some of the bigger Bieber shirts to sleep in, so she’s got the nights covered.

And she also got a bead set, which she made an “I LOVE JB” bracelet to go with her “I LOVE JB” silly band.

Gotta love girls, right? All I can do is sigh and think back to my days obsessing over Jordan and Joe of New Kids On The Block.

And I realize not much has changed. It’s the magic formula: Catchy pop tunes, a high-pitched voice, choreographed dance moves, a baby face and good hair ...

Speaking of teen talent and initials beginning with J, the JP Band, last year’s Burger King Band Champ winners, just released an album.

Comprised of Jasmin Nicole Idica, a freshman at Kapolei High School; 15-year-old Jayrald Ibea of Farrington High, and the group Po’okela, which consists of 17-year-old Anthony Agcopra, 13-year-old Austin Agcopra and 16-year-old Gavin Domingo, all students at Waianae High.

The group’s lead singer, Idica, has been singing since she was 6. Her musical talents stretch beyond her mastery of the mic. She also is a songwriter and plays the guitar, bass, drums and keyboard. You can catch her performing regularly at The Shack Waikiki.

Backing her up is an equally diverse group of talent. Anthony does acoustic and electric guitar, as well as ukulele, bass, drums and trumpet. Austin plays drums and ukulele. Gavin plays bass and saxophone. And Jayrald plays drums, bass, guitar and ukulele.

Following their win, the fivesome hit the studio to record a six-track album, including songs Baby Boy, Fire, Your Love, Sweet Darling, Do You Know and Share Your Love.

Band Champ was launched in 2008 by Tom Moffatt as Hawaii’s first youth-oriented band talent search. For more info on Band Champ, visit

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