Austin Mahone to Perform on MDA Show of Strength Telethon
Teen pop sensation Austin Mahone will make his first national television appearance since taking home the 2013 "Artist to Watch" award at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards with a special performance on the 48th annual MDA Show of Strength Telethon, Sunday, Sept. 1, 9/8c, on ABC television stations across the country.
Maohne will perform his hit single "What About Love" during the Muscular Dystrophy Association's national broadcast. The 17-year-old pop sensation from San Antonio is still in the final stages of completing his as yet untitled debut for Chase Records slated for the fall.
Mahone also met with families affected by muscle disease, which included an exclusive interview with MDA's "blue" carpet correspondent Angela Wrigglesworth, a Houston Elementary school teacher affected by spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. Click here to see their exclusive interview and learn why Austin supports MDA.
"I think it's amazing what MDA does to help people, like my new friend Angela, who are affected by muscle disease, and I'm honored to be a part of the telethon this year," said Mahone. "This has been an incredible month for me in my career, but my experience at the telethon was especially meaningful because it opened my eyes to the effects of muscle disease. Giving back to people is important, and if my involvement with the show can help raise awareness and funds for those living with these diseases, I'm happy to offer my support."
In addition to Mahone's performance, the 2013 telethon will feature a star-studded celebrity lineup, including: Ryan Seacrest; Backstreet Boys; country stars Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker and Lee Ann Womack; Enrique Iglesias; Paula Abdul; "Glee" star Matthew Morrison; hip-hop dance crew Jabbawockeez; "American Idol" runner-up Jessica Sanchez; Kenny Loggins with the Blue Sky Riders; American blues rock band Vintage Trouble; and Universal recording artist and star from "The Voice" Chris Mann.