Teen pop singers give back


Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 1:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 1:55 p.m.

Sack races, egg races and basketball games were the highlights of a community fun day sponsored by The Phenom 4, a pop-singing group of four 13-year-olds who attend P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School.

More than 20 first- to seventh-grade boys participated in the event Saturday afternoon at Fred Cone Park on E. University Avenue. After working up a good appetite from playing throughout the day, the boys were fed grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, chips and drinks.

Three of members of The Phenom 4 — Khaliel Jackson, Amando Parra and Israel "Shorty B" Wilcox Jr. — hosted the event to give something back to the community. Austin Neal, the fourth member of the group, was out of town.

Israel "Fat Daddy" Wilcox Sr., the group's manager and Shorty B's dad, said the group will be releasing two songs in the near future after filming a videography with a production company from Jacksonville. He said the group, which formed about a month ago, has been in the studio recording their voices on tracks for their producer, Kelly G of Gainesville.

Jackson, Parra and Wilcox all said they were happy to be able to give back to the community.

Brandon Turner, a seventh-grader at Countryside Christian School, said he enjoyed the event.

"My mom brought me out here and I really enjoyed playing basketball with the guys and just hanging out with them," Brandon said.

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