Long Island pop stars are getting ready to show their strength this year.
Lake Grove native Jon Bellion is on the new Zedd single "Beautiful Now" and has sold out his own show at Irving Plaza later this month. Seaford native Matthew Koma is on the much-anticipated Giorgio Moroder comeback album, with the groovy dance-floor filler "Tempted," as he wraps up work on his debut. Jericho's Madison Beer is wrapping up work on her debut as well.
And then there's the Long Island crew assembled by WBLI for a show at The Paramount on June 10, headlined by teen sensation Shawn Mendes.Summer concert previewBig summer shows coming to LI, NYC
While Mendes, who is gearing up to open for Taylor Swift on her stadium tour, isn't a Long Islander himself, much of the team that helped his debut album, "Handwritten" (Island), hit No. 1 in April has ties to the area. Valley Stream native Ido Zmishlany and Oceanside native Scott Harris teamed up with Mendes to write his hit "Something Big" and the future hit "Kid in Love," with Zmishlany producing both songs, as well as Mendes' breakthrough hit "Life of the Party," which Zmishlany and Harris wrote.
"We just really hit it off," Mendes told Newsday last year, as the Vine star talked of how he fell in with the Long Islanders. "They're really great guys."
That relationship only deepened as they worked on "Handwritten" around America as Mendes continued touring.
Opening for Mendes will be Baldwin singer-songwriter Melanie Martinez, whose major-label debut, "Cry Baby" (Atlantic), is expected to be released in August, and Merrick singer-songwriter Robbie Rosen, whose song "Ain't Backin' Down" was recently the theme song for CBS' NCAA basketball coverage.
Martinez has been a touring machine since she released her "Dollhouse" EP last year, developing into a far more assured performer than when she was introduced to the world on Season 3 of "The Voice." Her unique voice and distinctive style have landed her plenty of attention, including some help from "American Horror Story," which built its promos around her song "Carousel" last season.
Last week, Martinez unveiled her new single "Pity Party," a cool mix of moody electronics and a trap groove built around a snippet of Lesley Gore's classic "It's My Party" that could make a big splash on radio. Martinez takes the original into a darker direction in her version, declaring, "I'll cry until the candles burn down this place. I'll cry until the pity party's in flames."
For his part, Rosen has been writing and touring as well, though the former "American Idol" contestant has to fit all that in around his studies at Hofstra, where he is majoring in jazz and commercial music.
He released his "Just Like a Rose" EP himself and has been working on his follow-up, which will likely include "Ain't Backin' Down."
One song that won't be on that album, though, is still close to Rosen's heart. Rosen wrote "Blue and Gold," Hofstra's new alma mater, and performed it at the university's graduation ceremonies.
His main focus now, though, has been the BLI show at The Paramount.
"So soon!" Rosen tweeted last week. "So psyched!"
WHEN|WHERE 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington
INFO $15-$45; 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com