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Bianca Ryan, Winner of America's Got Talent, to Star in Feature Film 'We Be Kings'

Contact: Robert Hubner, 480-304-5587

CHICAGO, Feb. 15, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bianca Ryan, the 11 year old singing phenom who won America's Got Talent and took the country by storm at age 11, is set to star in the spiritually themed feature film "We Be Kings" alongside Magic Slim, the legendary Chicago bluesman.

The film tells the story of two down and out teen musicians who are guided by an angel to an ancient bluesman half frozen in a blizzard. The angel is the bluesman's deceased wife, and she guides this unlikely trio down Rt. 61 towards a musical destiny they could only have imagined.

Bianca Ryan is 17 now, and attending an arts school in Philadelphia. Quincy Jones has described her as "the next revolution in music". Adele move over? Bianca is writing her own original songs which will appear in the movie, and many with a powerful spiritual theme. Showered with fame and intense media scrutiny at 11 years old, the little girl has grown up, and has her feet solidly on the ground.

Magic Slim, who is 74, lost a finger in a Mississippi delta cotton gin when he was 13 years old and promptly quit the piano and took up the guitar, and is now widely recognized as one of the last of the great Chicago bluesmen alongside Buddy Guy and B. B. King.

Also starring in the film is guitarist and singer Quinn Sullivan, who at 12 years old is touring the country and opening for bluesman Buddy Guy. Sullivan is already being compared to legends Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn, displaying a level of virtuosity at the guitar rarely seen. That a twelve year old is opening for Buddy Guy is unprecedented.

Other supporting cast will be Pryce Watkins, a 14 year old Atlanta rapper, and Grana Louise, a Chicago blues-singing institution.

The film is being financed via the Kickstarter.com crowd source financing site, where fans have the options to back the film for various reward levels. Kickstarter is a fascinating story in itself, a site artists of all persuasion have discovered and organized backing for projects like films, recording sessions, board games, publications, even inventions such as the "smelly robot".

For as little as $1, fans can "back" the project and artist of their choice and join an exclusive community that receives project updates, newsletters, and live video streams of the project as it unfolds.