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Quote of the Month
“Music is the universal language. Everyone can relate to music. You can express so much with it and it demands attention.”
-T-REP, 14 years old, Amazing Young musician, actor, and role model!
T-REP, December Amazing Kid! of the Month
From first glance 14 year old Tony’s name seems very ordinary. But since the age of 9, he has gone by Tony-Representing Everything Positive (T-REP) the Young Prayzr! Now his name says it all. Already T-REP is building up a strong music and acting career. He is CEO of his own business and has his own ministry. That’s not all though. In only four short years T-REP has become an award winning national recording artist, actor, TV show host, and model, and much more!
T-REP knows just how to chase after his dreams, and we couldn’t be any more excited to name him our December Amazing Kid! of the Month. His talent, creativity, and leadership are something that is very admirable. T-REP has a lot to say. And this is just the beginning!
T-REP’s Music, Acting, and much more!
When Tony first started in the music industry he was only 9 years old and went by the name Young Paryzr. “I came up with that name because I’m young, I like to pray, and I like to praise God.” However once Tony started getting calls to perform at schools he decided to make the name move universal. That’s where T-REP (Tony-Representing Everything Positive, came in). Now his full name stage name is T-REP The Young Prayzr!
Since his first hit song, “Hittin’ Dem Streets”, a song about taking authority and making a difference, T-REP’s young career has taken off. To date he has had over 400 performances. Out of these he has been featured artist on Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones’ Gospel Presents Televised Artist Showcase, the 2007 Gospel Choice Awards, The 2007 & 2008 Holy Hip Hop Awards, The 2008 Youth Gospel Entertainment Awards, and many more. The list just doesn’t stop there though.
T-REP has also gotten the opportunity to perform with too many influential people to even list! Some of these include American Idol Winner Ruben Studdard, One Chance (from Usher’s label), Rock Cit (from Akon’s label), and he even got be a part of the soundtrack “Becoming Barack—Evolution of a Leader. “It was awesome being selected to be a part of the musical soundtrack ‘Becoming Barack—Evolution of a Leader,’ T-REP adds. “My hit single “Hittin’ Dem Streets” was a featured song for the documentary’s soundtrack which highlights President Barack Obama’s journey to the white house.”
Besides music, T-REP also immerses himself in acting! Some of his notable appearances include being on Cartoon Network’s “Cartoon Fridays” and being in countless stage plays such as “Speak, I’m Listening”.
His never ending resume keeps going! “In addition to being an Actor and Recording Artist/Performer, I am also a model, youth speaker, voice over talent, a TV/Radio/Event Host, a worldwide news correspondent, and a DJ.”
T-REP the Young Prayzr is even an entrepreneur. He is CEO of his company DJ T-REPz Muzik Faktory Mobile DJ Company. In a world where music is starting to get more risky, T-REP still only spins clean and positive music! He also has his own youth organization called Young Prayzr Ministries and he is CEO of Yungsta Grind Entertainment International!
With only 4 years of experience, T-REP has done it all. We can’t wait to see what he does next!
Finding time to help others
With extensive time put into music, acting, school and other activities T-REP even makes time for community service. He started volunteering at the young age of 10 years old! Some of the events he has helped at are Hosea Feed The Homeless and Hungry Thanksgiving Dinner; Hosea Williams’ Children’s Christmas Celebration; Celebration of Life For Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered Children; Clayton County Boys To Men Mentorship Program, and more.
T-REP’s service doesn’t stop there though. He is even certified by the King Center and Emory University to train peers in Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence and how to use the techniques of nonviolent conflict reconciliation! “Last summer I was chosen to receive a full scholarship to attend The Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Nonviolence Training Program at the King Center.” He’s even been asked to be a youth ambassador to attend a trip to Africa with the King Center!
Advice in reaching your dreams!
To help him reach for his dreams, T-REP surrounds himself with positive people. His biggest supporter and mentor is his mother. Since he was only 9 years old she has been his manager, booking agent, publicist, webmaster, instructor, and counselor. “She has encouraged me to always follow my dreams, to never quit, to work hard and to always do my best,” T-REP says. Besides his mother, T-REP always credits his pastor for helping him get to where he is today. “He inspired me to take authority of my life, to not just sit down and do nothing with my life, but to do something distinctive and positive to make a difference and to reach my generation.
Now T-REP is giving the same to kids just like you to get started following your dreams! “Don’t wait. Start now,” he says. T-REP also adds, “Don’t let anything or anyone stop you from following your dreams. You have to believe in yourself, because if you don’t it’s hard for others to believe in you.”
Plans for Future
Even with such a professional and positive career already in place, T-REP plans on an even greater future! “Personally, I plan to do my part in helping to (make a) difference in the world, by continuing to show that you can be successful by being positive and not compromising your integrity to reach success or fit in”.
However he also has inspiring professional goals. “I plan to become a successful actor, performer, and recording artist and have my very own Record Label & Artist Management Company. My company would sign only young, talented actors and artists, probably under the age of 21, to help them to have successful careers, follow their dreams and use their talents in a positive way.”
T-REP also would like to get a college degree and possibly even become an entertainment and Sports Attorney. “I’ve learned a lot in this industry so far and I want to tie what I’ve learned into a career to help athletes and entertainers to make good legal decisions and career moves.”
Whatever the future holds for T-REP The Young Prayzr we have confidence that he will continue to set big dreams for himself and accomplish them!
Some of T-REP the Young Prayzr’s Accomplishments!
- Ruben Studdard F.A.M.E. Teen Talent Competition WINNER (Best Rap Artist Award)
- 2-Time Atlanta Youth Entertainment Award WINNER (Best Male Hip Hop Artist Award & Artist On Deck Award)
- Atlanta Urban Media Makers Film Festival WINNER (Best Music Video of the Year Award )
- McDonald’s “The Gift” Youth Inspirational Talent Competition TOP 10 FINALIST
- Holy Hip Hop Music Awards HONOREE (The youngest honoree in the event’s history)
- Inferno Urban Music Awards WINNER (Best New Artist Of The Year Award)
- Atlanta Gospel Choice Awards WINNER (Best Hip Hop Artist Award) (The youngest nominee & winner in the event’s 16-yr history)
- Featured on President Barack Obama’s musical soundtrack “Becoming Barack”
- Featured on Donnie McClurkin’s Amazing Kids Syndicated Radio Show
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