Bonus Track: GRAMMY Career Day Participant At Hot 97's Summer Jam 2011

Bonus Track: GRAMMY Career Day Participant At Hot 97's Summer Jam 2011

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By Candace Jones
New York

Thousands of fans thirsty for hip-hop came out to New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on June 5 for arguably one of the biggest concerts of the year — the Hot 97 Summer Jam 2011. This year the stage welcomed South Jamaica, N.Y., native Christopher Moore, better known as C-Moez, who was a participant at The Recording Academy New York Chapter's GRAMMY Career Day on May 18.

A true GRAMMY Foundation GRAMMY Career Day success story, C-Moez performed at Career Day's The Next Stage: Performance 101 panel, hosted by Shady Records' Riggs Morales. Thanks to that performance, C-Moez was invited by panel participant Chris Nadler of Emmis Communications to perform at the Hot 97 Summer Jam 2011. C-Moez had the opportunity to perform his original track "Nobody" onstage in front of the thousands of music fans in attendance, sharing the stage with hip-hop luminaries such as Busta Rhymes and Sean "Diddy" Combs.

"I wasn't aware of this opportunity until my music teacher mentioned GRAMMY Career Day," said C-Moez, who is currently a senior at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village, N.Y. "There I saw how much talent was out there that was my same age. It was cool! I send a sincere, special thanks to my teacher, Ms. Grexer, Chris Nadler and Riggs Morales for this opportunity."

Additional performers at the Hot 97 Summer Jam 2011 included Ace Hood, Lloyd Banks, Chris Brown, Drake, Fabolous, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and Swizz Beatz, among others. Brown brought Big Sean onstage to perform the newcomer's "My Last," and followed up with a performance of "Deuces" with Kevin McCall and Tyga. Banks, Fabolous and Swizz Beatz collaborated for a performance of "Start It Up." When the gates opened at 3 p.m., the fans couldn't contain their excitement and the roar of the crowd was likely heard from miles away.

"This experience was exciting and a blessing, and doesn't happen every day," said C-Moez. "Performing with the likes of Ace Hood and Big Sean at Summer Jam is only most kids' dream."
 

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