College students from Newport News and Hampton are part of a group competing on NBC's "America's Got Talent" this season. The Virginia State University Gospel Chorale will get to sing on live television Aug. 20.
A news release from the Petersburg college said that Zachary Brooks, Mark Johnson and Eddie Sledge, III of Hampton; and Kris Corey, LeAndra Morrow and Sherisse Owens of Newport News are members of the 45-member ensemble.
The chorale is among 60 acts performing at New York City's Radio City Music Hall in pursuit of the show's $1 million top prize.
"We got excited, we screamed, we were overwhelmed, then you really start to think, 'Wow, this is for real,'" said a member of the group said in a video posted on the "America's Got Talent," YouTube channel. "To perform at Radio City Music Hall is legendary."
Here's the news release from Virginia State University.
America’s Got Talent finalist VSU Gospel Chorale includes local students
Allyson Bailey of Norfolk; Janen Christmas of Virginia Beach; Zachary Brooks, Mark Johnson and Eddie Sledge, III of Hampton; and Kris Corey, LeAndra Morrow and Sherisse Owens of Newport News are members of The Virginia State University Gospel Chorale that has advanced to the Live Performance portion of NBC’s hit show America’s Got Talent that will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The VSU Gospel Chorale will perform Tuesday, August 20, with the results show the next night. America’s Got Talent airs from 9 to 11 p.m. EDT on local NBC affiliates.
The 45-member Gospel Chorale has become one of the top 60 finalists of the competition after auditioning in New York and advancing through the second round in Las Vegas. Performers at Radio City Music Hall will advance based on viewers’ votes.
The Gospel Chorale is one of VSU’s most requested performance groups. Its primary mission is to provide gospel music for the University and surrounding community. Annually, the choir performs for a variety of commitments, including University ceremonies, public concerts, and church events. In support of music education, the choir performs at music conventions, gospel festivals, primary and secondary schools, and at colleges and universities across the country.
Last year, the group won the People’s Choice Award in the Washington, DC Regional Round of Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound.
The VSU Gospel Chorale can be followed at https://www.facebook.com/#!/VSUGospelChorale .