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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Eagle Scout award ceremony honors Dallin Jamison Hughes

An Eagle Scout award ceremony was held on Sunday, July 7, to honor Dallin Jamison Hughes and Christopher Joseph Haynie. 

Dallin Hughes is a resident of Branson and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints.  He is a registered scout in Troop 879.  He is a homeschooled student and performs with his family at the Hughes Brothers Theatre.  For his Eagle Scout project, he organized a group of scouts and volunteers who served the city of Branson by making improvements to the Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area off of Fall Creek Road.  The historic Owen homestead is located there and overlooks Lake Taneycomo and the College of the Ozarks.  The service group cleared heavy brush and created a walking path along a stone wall that surrounds the homestead. 

Dallin enjoys writing, dancing, singing, public speaking, public relations and outdoor activities.  He has performed on stage in Branson from the time he was 2 years old.  He teaches hip-hop dance at Sonshine Dance Studio and was the recipient of Branson Show Awards' Young Male Entertainer of the Year in 2012.  He plans to serve a two-year mission for his church and continue performing.  He would also like to be come a mentor and motivational speaker.

Christopher Haynie is a student at Branson High School.  He enjoys playing the trumpet and French horn.  He is in the marching band, jazz band, and has been in the orchestra for two musical productions.  He is an honor student, having earned an academic letter, and is a participant in Missouri Scholars Academy for 2013.  He is an academic team and chess club member.  He will be a junior in the 2013-14 school year.  Haynie is a member of Troop 978 and has earned 31 Merit Badges.  He has served as patrol leader, bugler, and historian.  For his Eagle project, Haynie met with the city, determined where a new trail needed to go (including a pass by a scenic water fall) and then organized a group of youth to mark, clear, and define a new trail at Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area in Branson.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Have you seen it...have you seen Ayo?

by Linda Burligame, Shepherd of the Hills Gazette

it is a fun filled show starring the Hughes Brothers and their families — five brothers, their wives and 35 children— singing and dancing their way through a variety of music, from Broadway, jazz and gospel, to patriotic and pop. There’s a dash of comedy, and those kids will charm your socks off!
After an energetic opening with more than a dozen brothers, wives and kids Dance to the Music, the five Brothers slow things down with songs like Blue Moon and Chain Gang, tunes that show off their beautiful harmony. Marty, Jason, Adam, Ryan and Andy have been singing together all their lives; the harmony is not just musical. The boys and their families work closely to create the show that has been entertaining Branson visitors for almost 20 years.
I used to refer to the kids as the “little ones.” That doesn’t work anymore. Do you remember sweet little Kristina? Still very sweet, she is now 20 years old. She is Marty and Cindy’s daughter, oldest of their 14 children and the oldest Hughes
Gary and Lena Hughes started the Hughes Brothers' music lessons early. Soon they were performing at church dinners, civic events, performing lead roles in musicals, and eventually performing in Branson. Here they all have roles other than music. Producing and directing, lighting and graphics … lots of jobs!
The song selection and production numbers are all good. Here Comes the Sun with Kristina on violin, along with four of the older boys, turns into a funky modern dance. It’s suits ‘n’ sunglasses when the guys sing My Gal, and the wives sport pretty parasols for Walkin’ in Sunshine. The Hughes Brothers Kids is a delightful number, too. And when five of the younger boys come out dressed in cowboy finery to sing Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys, they look just like the ‘original’ Hughes brothers when they were young, performing on the state fair circuit.
Jason starts the second half with Give My Regards to Broadway. The number from Big River is nice; there are a lot of favorites like Wells Fargo Wagon from Music Man; It’s a Hard Knock Life from Annie; New York New York from On the Town. The band is top notch and shows off with a number from Chicago. My favorite has to be the hand jive number from Will Rogers Follies, Hooray for Our Favorite Son. Hope no one got smacked or got an eye poked out in rehearsal for that one!! Their gospel and patriotic medley at the close of the show are beautiful, with the whole family on stage. Your family will enjoy their family!
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Ayo starring Voices of GlorySpeaking of family, the other show headlining at the Hughes Brothers Theatre is Ayo starring Voices of Glory. Michael, Avery and Nadia Cole. They were Top 5 finalists on America’s Got Talent; the story of how they started singing is poignant and very touching.
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Shepherd of the Hills Gazette article talks about Ayo

Here is a portion of a recent article titled "Have you seen it...have you seen Ayo?" by Linda Burligame in the Shepherd of the Hills Gazette

Speaking of family, the other show headlining at the Hughes Brothers Theatre is Ayo starring Voices of Glory. Michael, Avery and Nadia Cole. They were Top 5 finalists on America’s Got Talent; the story of how they started singing is poignant and very touching. They have an easy, graceful manner on stage and their voices and harmonies are exceptional. Nadia, who is just 13, has an extraordinary voice; close your eyes and you think you’re listening to an older, more experienced vocalist. Someday we may be saying, “I remember her when she was just 13 and performing in Branson!”

Michael, Avery and Nadia do a wide variety of music styles. I think they really shine when they’re singing jazz and soul numbers. They have an especially good band, too. I know Marty Wilhite and Mitch Kiersey, exceptional musicians who have been on the Branson scene a long time. It’s a New Dawn is very stylish. And I really like their arrangement of Cry Me a River. They were scattin’ through Summertime (“and the livin’ is easy.”) They do gospel and Broadway, and it was fun when Michael sang I Won’t Dance and Nadia and Avery came out doing a fun, funky dance. Tina Turner would be impressed if she heard Nadia’s Rollin’ on the River! She really ‘gets after it!’ Ayo is Branson’s newest hit show … put it on your “must see” list!
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Friday, May 17, 2013

Raised Voices: Trio brings energetic, spiritual show to Branson

Thanks to Dave Woods of the Joplin Globe for this story on "Ayo starring Voices of Glory"!

BRANSON, Mo. — Delora Johnson raised her hands and shouted "amen" as she praised Voices of Glory.

"I'm here, and I'm excited," said the 64-year-old following the first half of "AYO," the talented trio's new show at the Hughes Brothers Theatre in Branson. "We are a Christian family that loves the Lord. It's just a grand show."

Delora, of Kokomo, Ind., said she was drawn to see the show during her trip to Branson because of the group's back story. She and her family remembered the three young entertainers from "America's Got Talent," where they placed in the top five during the show's talent search in the 2009 season.
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Entertainers honor Branson tradition

Thanks to Joshua Clark from the Branson Tri-Lakes News for this story in the paper; we really think he got "it"!

In 2011, a family of entertainers decided to completely repackage and rename their show. Featuring more than 40 cast and crew members, “it” features one of the largest performing families in the world, the Hughes family.

“We worked on a lot of this stuff for a while, but didn’t put anything into the show until 2011,” Marty Hughes said. “We just thought that ‘Hughes Brothers’ didn’t describe our show since there is so much more besides us in the show.”

Because the old title wasn’t conducive to what the family was trying to convey, a new title was chosen.

“The title ‘it’ has a little mystique to it, and ‘it’ is a whole lot easier to advertise,” said Marty Hughes. “Changing the show name was honestly a great move. We’ve seen an increase in numbers, and they are continuing to grow, which is a good thing.”

According to youngest of the brothers, Andy Hughes, “it” was the perfect title for their stage extravaganza.

“We are a variety show featuring so many things, we don’t know how to describe it other than saying it’s ‘it,’” Andy Hughes said. “We want people to experience ‘it’ for themselves and not get a preconceived notion as to what ‘it’ is, because they might be surprised. You have to see ‘it’ to get ‘it,’ because ‘it’ is what ‘it’ is.”

According to Hughes, getting the entire family involved is something they’ve done for several different reasons.

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Young sibling trio find their own "Voice"

Photo credit: Joshua Clark, Branson Tri-Lakes News
The story of Voices of Glory is one of tragedy, triumph and hope. The Cole siblings — Michael, 20, Avery, 17, and Nadia, 13 — combine to form the trio Voices of Glory, who are starring in their own show at the Hughes Brothers Theatre, “Ayo.”

The trio, originally from upstate New York, first gained national recognition with their fifth place finish on “America’s Got Talent.” It was their story, along with their voices, that brought members in the audience and judge Sharon Osbourne to tears.

“Our mother, Felicia, was involved in a head-on collision with a drunk driver and ended up in a coma for eight months,” Michael Cole said. “That is really how the group started, as we came together just to sing for our mom, just to try and get a response from her.”

Soon after, the group began visiting nursing homes and hospitals to perform. Eventually, they started to get booked by larger churches and venues, then “America’s Got Talent” came calling. After finishing fifth, the group decided to set their sights on Branson.

“We came here after (‘America’s Got Talent’) because we were offered a contract to do a show,” Michael Cole said. “We got here, and, about a month later, we found out the person who brought us out was a fraud, so we were kind of left high and dry.”

Despite the fact the group had no show in Branson, they decided to take their act on the road, but kept Branson as a home base of operations. When they weren’t on the road, they performed at Barbara Fairchild’s diner, as well as the Christian night club, The Night Light.

After spending the majority of the past two years on the road, including tour stops in Germany, Madison Square Garden and several several stops in the states, they were asked to perform in the Christmas show at Andy Williams’ Moon River Theatre last season. After a few weeks performing, matriarch of the Hughes family, Lena Hughes, saw the show.

“She saw the performance and came to us and told us she wanted us to be a part of their theater,” Michael Cole said. “Ever since then, we’ve been working diligently to get the show up and running.”

Once they decided to accept the Hughes’ offer, they were faced with the daunting task of putting a show together from the ground up.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Voices of Glory starring in new show

by Evan Fritschle

Voices of Glory, the trio of siblings made famous by their appearance on “America’s Got Talent” in 2009, will have their own Branson show this year.

Siblings Michael, Avery and Nadia Cole will star in “Ayo,” a show of pop, jazz, soul, gospel and more co-produced by the Hughes Brothers.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Hugely Talented Hughes Family lights up Branson in the Winter

by Charles Biggs, Tulsa Beacon

BRANSON, Mo. – The Hughes Family has enough life and talent to light up Branson even in January and February when most shows are on winter break.

On a cold weekend in January, the Hughes Family was only one of two shows that performed on a Saturday night. That all changes in March and April as Branson shows reopen.

Maybe the Hughes Family performs 12 months a year because they have 44 (by my count) mouths to feed with at least one more on the way.

This is a wonderful family show with what is billed as the largest family of entertainers in the world. It is anchored by five brothers – Marty, Jason, Adam, Ryan and Andy. These singers show a remarkable range in their vocals and they have an unmistakable quality – they love to sing and they love to perform together on stage.

Marty and wife Cindy have 13 kids and one on the way. Nineteen-year-old daughter Kristina is captivating on the fiddle and Dallin, 17, is quite a contortionist when it come to dance moves. Jason and wife Mara have eight (I think that’s right) children. All of the Hughes children are wildly talented but Jacson’s 17-year-old son Aaron is a born showman and that is hard to miss.

Adam and wife Vikki have one son, Liam. Ryan and wife Carina have seven kids and Adam and wife Becky are raising four beautiful youngsters.

The five brothers alone would be a great show but the kids add a special dimension. There are shows that will push a kid on stage who is not ready or is just not talented enough but that is not the case with the Hughes children (except for the really little ones, of course).

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New show, Ayo starring Voices of Glory, debuts March 18

New production, famous stars to appear at Hughes Brothers Theatre

Ayo starring Voices of Glory kicks off its first season in Branson at the Hughes Brothers Theatre on Monday, March 18, 2013, at 3:00pm. The new show stars some very famous siblings, Michael, Avery, and Nadia Cole, who together are known as Voices of Glory. Ayo (Yoruba for Joy) is being co-produced by the Hughes Brothers who are known for their creative productions including the show it and the Hughes Brothers Christmas Show. Jason Hughes says, “In Ayo we’re taking the audience on a journey of joy using song, dance, lights, and the personalities of Michael, Avery, and Nadia, backed up by a live band.” Michael Cole adds, “We love the music and we love what music can do for people. In Ayo we want the audience to feel what we feel when we sing – a pure call to joy!” Shows are from March through December, check schedule for exact dates and specific show times.

Nadia Cole says, “Ayo adds another level to the Branson show mix. While Ayo features our original music, and of course our gospel favorites, it also reaches out to visitors of all ages with current and familiar songs that speak to the musical soul.” Avery Cole adds, “Ayo is also a slang term for ‘Hey you’…and we’re hoping that just like that term reaches out and grabs your attention…that Ayo will reach out and grab your heart!”

Long time fans of the Voices of Glory are familiar with their amazing story. They first started singing together in a hospital room for their mother who was in a coma brought on by a head-on collision with a drunk driver. The kids serenaded their mother for months and then she came out of her coma. They continued to visit hospitals singing for others who were in need. Then they appeared on America’s Got Talent in 2009 – where their audition in front of the live audience was awe-inspiring. Their eventual rank in the top 5 catapulted them into major appearances and touring internationally. They most recently appeared in Branson as a featured act in Andy Williams Christmas Show. Their most recent international appearance took them to Germany for Weihnachtszauber. Of their many charitable and recording projects, their most current project - a new album called “Send-A-Miracle” - will be available on March 1 and includes some of their own original music.

Jeff Topper, Director of Sales for the Hughes Brothers Theatre says, “All of the shows at our theater are really designed for today’s audiences. At the Hughes Brothers Theatre we’re already open with our hit show it and we’re excited about adding another upbeat show like Ayo starring Voices of Glory to our theatre line-up.” Voices of Glory’s management team – their parents Michael and Felicia Cole, and Uncle Gerard – add that “we believe the Hughes Brothers Theatre in Branson, MO is the perfect fit for the Voices of Glory.”
For schedules, tickets, and other information call 417-334-0076 or visit

 About Voices of Glory The Voices of Glory are a group of siblings (Michael, Avery, & Nadia Cole) whose unique style of singing harmonies, pitch perfect sound, and shining personalities have led to some amazing success at a young age. From landing in the top 5 of America’s Got Talent in 2009 to touring internationally, performing at the Annual GMA’s Dove Awards, the 2010 & 2011 ICM Awards, at Madison Square, to being a featured act in Andy William’s 2012 Christmas Show and now to their own show, Ayo, in Branson, Missouri, the Voices of Glory have inspired millions with their personal story. They started to sing together in 2007 when their mother was in a coma brought on by a head-on collision with a drunk driver. For months they serenaded their mother and she eventually came out of a coma.

About the Hughes Brothers Theatre
Hughes Brothers Theatre located on Hwy 76 in Branson, Missouri features three unique and cutting-edge shows – Ayo starring Voices of Glory, it, and the Hughes Brothers Christmas Show. Shows are performed January through December, 10:00am, 3:00pm, and 8:00pm. The 1,100 seat theatre also features balcony dining in the theatre. The historical theatre (originally the first nationally owned star theatre in Branson) has recently been renovated and sits in the heart of Branson’s theatre district. it features over 50 award-winning singers, dancers, and musicians, including the Hughes Brothers and their families, who combined their astonishing scope of talents to create Branson’s Ultimate Entertainment Experience.  Ayo starring Voices of Glory  is a joy-filled show packed full of break-through entertainment from Voices of Glory (Top 5 Finalists on American’s Got Talent) performing everything from Pop to Jazz to Soul to Gospel and more. Hughes Brothers Christmas Show features the season’s best harmonies, exciting dance, festive surprises and family traditions in a show that is a triumph of everything you want to feel at Christmas time.