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Sweet Addiction singer returns to school stage

14-year-old attended Cirby Elementary School in Roseville
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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Kristen Brown performed for the first time on a stage as a student at Cirby Elementary School in Roseville.

She has since performed on dozens of stages as a young singer trying to make it big with her girl group, Sweet Addiction, in the music business. Kristen, 14, now attends Oakmont High School, but she returned to her elementary school for a free performance on March 21.

“It’s really cool, and it’s really scary,” said Kristen, as she waited backstage before the show. “I want to impress my teachers and show them what I’m doing now, because I did some of this when I was (at Cirby). It’s awesome.”

Sweet Addiction formed a year ago, out of a larger performance group called Sing Inc., which is based in Roseville. The five girls now in Sweet Addiction realized they worked well together, got along great and complemented one another’s singing styles. So, they formed their own group.

They practice five or six hours a night, four times a week. They practice dancing and choreography, too. The girls consider themselves a “happy” and “upbeat” group, and prefer to sing pop songs, such as radio hits by Taylor Swift. They recently returned from Los Angeles, where they recorded three original songs.

Sweet Addiction comprises five members: Kristen, Alicia Paulson who attends Elk Grove High School, Tifani Phillips who attends Golden Sierra High School in Garden Valley, Paxton Martin who goes to Silverado Middle School in Roseville and Nikaela Smith, who is homeschooled.

Janis Pope, a teacher at Cirby, said having Sweet Addiction perform at the school shows her students that they, too, can go on to bigger and better things in the future.

Pope smiled on March 21, as Sweet Addiction singer Paxton asked the students to sing along if they knew the upcoming song. The music for One Direction’s song “What Makes You Beautiful” began, and the kids complied — loudly, and with plenty of giggles.