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Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014 4:30 am

HARKER HEIGHTS — Tween pop sensation Blake Rodgers and boy band Mindless Behavior will perform an all-ages show at the E Center on April 25.

This will be Blake’s first show in the Central Texas area.

“I am pretty excited to perform in different cities because I love to meet people from all over,” said Blake, 12, by phone earlier this week.

The Lake Charles, La., native will open for Mindless Behavior, an American boy band best known for the singles “My Girl” and “Mrs. Right.” Blake said she and the members of Mindless Behavior see each other often, so she is happy they are touring together.

The tour is part of the Campaign 4 Education, a broad-based coalition of national and community-based organizations, international nongovernment organizations, teacher unions, faith-based groups and think tanks dedicated to ensuring universal quality education for all children.

Derrick Morris, Blake’s manager, said the collaboration was a wonderful idea.

“It promotes something so wonderful and it gives these young artists the chance to participate in something so positive,” he said.

With a year of stardom under her belt and her debut single “Pretty Girl Swag,” Blake has made a name for herself.

She was featured on MTV and BET’s 106 & Park.

She also has a new single, “Daddy,” a sentimental tribute to her father.

“My dad and I are very close. Super close. This song was inspired by him,” Blake said. “But it is also for all the dads and daughters.”

In celebration of the release, Blake asks fans to send photos of them with their dads. “It’s about more than just fathers and daughters who are already together, it’s also about hope for those who aren’t close,” she said.

Blake will perform those songs at the E Center concert along with “Beautiful” — an anti-bully tune.

“I was bullied in school and it didn’t feel good. This song helped me cope and I hope it helps others as well,” she said.

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