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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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