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Skylar Katz doesn't sound like a typical sixth grader. The 12-year-old rapper, known as Sky Katz, wowed the world when she appeared on America's Got Talent in 2016. Not wanting to rest on her laurels just yet, she continues to entertain crowds with her fresh beats.

Get to know the talented artist before she performs her family-friendly raps at the Houston Children's Festival—one of Frommer’s 300 Unmissable Events and Festivals Around the Worldthis Saturday.

Life After America’s Got Talent

"I’m busy all day—I don’t have a moment to spare. I was in the studio last night until 1 a.m. and it was a school night. But I’m living my dream and it’s just starting. I can’t imagine how it’s going to be when I’m actually blowing up."

Rapping at an Early Age

"I have rapped forever. I started performing when I was 5. Whenever I would perform, people would go up to my dad and say, 'You need an agent; you need a manager—she's going to be something.' Every time I performed, I would get huge reactions." 

Music Inspiration

"If I could only listen to one thing, it would be a mixtape with different artists, like Missy Eliot, Nicki Minaj, Eminem, Drake, Biggie, Tupac Shakur, Big Daddy Kane, Run-D.M.C., you know—those guys. My favorite raps included Nicki's verse in Kayne West's 'Monster' and 'Juicy' by Biggie."

First "Wow" Moment

"I was at a Knicks game in Madison Square Garden and they wanted me to perform with the Knicks City Kids—it was in front of 15,000 people! But I don't get nervous. I practice so much, and work really hard at it. And hard work pays off. It's what I love doing."

Sky Katz will perform at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Dream Discovery Stage on Saturday, April 1. From $10. McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival, 901 Bagby St. houstonchildrensfestival.com

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