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Young music group takes anti-bullying message on tour

The group - known as NextEra Music - has a message of MVP - every person matters, every person has value, every person has purpose. They take their 45 minute performance which incorporates songs, storytelling, and interaction with the crowd to schools all over. They tailor their message to kids of all ages - elementary to high school. (Megan Sanchez/KRCG 13)

Jess Angelique, Chaylyn Thompson and Luke Reelfs have taken their stories and used their music platforms to spread a message of hope.

The three artists were born and raised in the Midwest. At just 17, 20 and 19 years old, they've taken all of their performance styles, put them together, and created Jess Angelique Assemblies.

"Combining pop music and rap together kind of makes relevant sounds that kids relate to or gravitate towards," Jess said.

The group - known as NextEra Music - has a message of MVP - every person matters, every person has value, every person has purpose. They take their 45-minute performance which incorporates songs, storytelling and interaction with the crowd to schools all over. They tailor their message to kids of all ages - elementary to high school.

For Jess, the topic is personal.

"This is so prevalent to me because when I was younger I was bullied," she said. "I was always outside the group. I was always left out of things. I was just bullied a lot especially in third grade. Even when I was in middle school and high school I always felt like I was different or weird."

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Thompson speaks to the students about her experience with abuse at home as a child. She said she is one of the first artists to speak publicly about this topic as well as integrate it into her music. She said she has been blown away by how many young people have reached out to her via social media saying they've experienced it, too.

"It's hard, but I wouldn't change anything about it," she said. "I would absolutely tell [my story] a thousand times over just because of the impact that I'm seeing it make. It's incredible."

Chaylyn and Jess sing a song together called "You Matter." Chaylyn wrote the song specifically for the tour. It's one of the more laid back numbers of the show with Jess at the keyboard and Chaylyn on guitar.

Luke said being a 'clean' hip-hop artist isn't common. His rap songs have a positive message with no curse words or inappropriate language. He said his favorite part of touring is speaking and getting the crowds excited.

The group visited the Boonville and California school districts while in mid-Missouri, but said they would love to come back to the area. Anyone with questions about having them perform can contact them.

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