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On June 21, Capitol Records Nashville threw their newest star, Jennette McCurdy of Nickelodeon’s iCarly, a party to celebrate her 18th birthday. The children of some of country's biggest stars and deserving students were also on hand.
Jennette, whose actual birthday falls on June 26, invited local kids from Bellevue [Tenn.] Middle School to enjoy a night of fun, food and games. (The Bellevue area of Nashville was one of the hardest hit during the early-May floods in Middle Tennessee.)
The party, which was held in downtown Nashville at aVenue, included a live DJ, video games, smoothie and ice cream stations and a special birthday cake in the shape of the number 18. There was also a star-studded birthday video featuring messages from Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Jennette’s iCarly cast-mates and many others.
A representative from Uglydoll, a favorite of Jennette's, was on hand to present her with a life-size Uglydoll of her own. In addition to the Bellevue kids, country music artists and their children also joined in on the fun of meeting the singer and actress. Martina McBride’s daughter Emma was in attendance as was Vince Gill and Amy Grant’s daughter Corrina. Phil Vassar’s daughters Presley and Haley also came and Jamie O’Neal brought her daughter Aliyah.
In lieu of gifts, Jennette asked guests to bring a new pair of socks, which were donated after the party to the local flood victims through Hands On Nashville to the local Community Resource Center. At the end of the party there was a balloon drop and children got to take away goody bags as they left that were filled with donated Uglydolls and keychains, Pop Star and iCarly magazines, Journeys shoes giftcards, Phillips Toy Mart giftcards, digital music giftcards and M&M Mars candy.
Last summer Jennette signed to Capitol Nashville on her 17th birthday and has been writing for and recording her debut album, The Story of My Life, in Nashville over the last year. Produced by Paul Worley (Lady Antebellum), Jennette co-wrote nine of the 11 tracks on the album, including the current single, “Not That Far Away,” which she co-penned with Rachel Proctor and Blair Daly.
iCarly, currently in production on its third season, airs regularly on Saturdays at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.