Who loves Mini Pop Kids? We do, we do! The Mini Pop Kids are back and singing the biggest hits out there with their newest album, Mini Pop Kids 17. Abby Borgatti is 11 years old and the youngest member of the musical group. Chickadee had the chance to talk to her about what it’s like to be part of an amazing team—check it out!
How old were you when you started playing music and dancing?
My family says that I started singing and dancing from the moment that I was born. I started taking piano lessons when I was seven and I taught myself how to play the ukulele when I was 10. I am currently teaching myself to play guitar along with some help from my school music teacher. I started taking dance lessons when I was three. I also started vocal lessons when I was nine.
When did you know you wanted to be a performer?
I’ve always loved performing on a stage, doing drama camps and recitals, and creating shows for my family—but when I performed with the Mini Pop Kids at the Sick Kids Get Loud concert, I knew that was where I was meant to be.
How does it feel to be part of Mini Pop Kids?
Being part of the Mini Pop Kids is so much fun, and I feel so proud to be able to share my love of music with all of our fans. I love all of my fellow Mini Pops and my teachers. I want to learn as much as I can from this amazing experience and opportunity.
What’s your favourite part of being in Mini Pop Kids?
My favourite part of being in the Mini Pop Kids is definitely doing shows for our Bright Lights Concert Tour! I absolutely love performing on stage for all of our fans. Our shows are energetic, fresh, and very inclusive. My favourite part of the show would have to be our Daddy Dance Off or Mommyoke where your parents get a moment in the spotlight to dance or sing!
What kind of training do you have to do to get ready for this tour?
We rehearse a lot before our shows. We also have to make sure that we are reviewing our choreography, songs, and lines at home so that we can give the best concert possible for our fans. I also take vocal and dance lessons weekly so that I’m in tip-top shape for the show.
What is your favourite song to perform?
My favourite song to perform in the show is Truth Hurts. It is such a fun and sassy piece to perform with all of the MPK girls!
Does the group have any pre-concert rituals before going on stage?
Before going on stage, we warm up our voices, do a sound check, and do a big group huddle which makes everyone relaxed and ready.
How do you keep up with schoolwork while being in Mini Pop Kids?
I keep up with schoolwork while being in the Mini Pops by just using any spare time I have to finish any homework or projects that are due. I also try to stay very organized and ask my teachers or friends for any work that I am going to miss. They are all very supportive and understanding.
What advice do you have for a kid who might be nervous to perform on stage or make a presentation in class?
If you are nervous, I recommend taking a deep breath, focusing only on what you have to do, and when you do go out and perform or present, look just above your audience’s heads so that you don’t see anyone that might make you nervous.
Do you have a motto that you live by?
The motto that I live by is to be kind, work hard to achieve your dreams, and to always be yourself.
Thanks for chatting with us, Abby! You can see Abby on tour with the Mini Pop Kids in a Canadian city near you.
What’s your favourite MPK song? Leave a comment below!