At the end of the season 15 premiere of America’s Got Talent, Voice of the City Choir’s performance received a golden buzzer, sending them straight to the live show stage of the competition.
From the moment the chorus stepped on stage, it was clear that they were exactly the emotional and inspirational performance worthy of an honor like the America’s Got Talent season premiere golden buzzer.
Voices of the City Choir Performed an Original Choral Number for Their Audition
— America's Got Talent (@AGT) May 27, 2020
As the last act of the premiere night’s episode, Voices of Our City Choir took the stage to perform for the judges and audience. They chose to perform an original song, which they wrote together in their songwriting workshop. The choral performance also included spoken word poetry.
During the video package introducing the choir, one of its members remarked “If it wasn’t for the choir, I wouldn’t be here. The choir has brought me back.”
After their performance, which earned them a standing ovation, it was the judges’ turns to respond. Sofia Vergara said “The words of the song were really special… I think we need more people like you who are really taking matters into their own hands.”
Agreeing, Howie Mandel added “We need to solve this problem, and we need to come together. I have to say who you are and what you’re doing and why you’re doing it really blows me and the audience away.”
Finally, Simon Cowell told them “There’s no question or doubt that there is strength in numbers.”
After the judges gave the choir their feedback, Terry Crews emerged from the wings to press the first golden buzzer of the season. As they thanked him for sending them to the live shows, he said “I believe in you.” Once they left the stage, he added “I am honored to help you today. What you are doing is beyond… you deserve it.”
Voices of the City Choir’s Members Are Homeless Members of the San Diego Community
America’s Got Talent loves showcasing talented acts with moving stories, and Voices of the City Choir is no exception. Voices of Our City Choir was founded as a creative outlet and support system for unsheltered people living in the San Diego, California area.
According to Voices of Our City’s website, their mission statement is “We believe that every human being deserves hope and connection. It’s with hope and connection that we are able to lift ourselves from our circumstances.
Every week, the choir meets for a public practice where participants can sing, dance, and have lunch together with Voices of Our City’s band. They offer songwriting and guitar workshops, as well as case manager and peer advocate opportunities. On their site, they say “We have helped over 50 people move off the streets and into housing and safe shelter.”
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It’s finally the night! Catch the #AGTPremiere NOW on @NBC! #VoicesOfOurCityChoir and @stephjohnsonband takes the stage and tells our story on @AGT. We are on the edge of our seat with excitement. Watch along with us and don’t forget you can be a part of our good work. Consider supporting the choir and what we do at voicesofourcity.org/donate. Link in bio.
Before their AGT performance aired, Voices of the City promoted the premiere episode on their Instagram. In a caption, they wrote “It’s finally the night! Catch the #AGTPremiere NOW on @NBC! #VoicesOfOurCityChoir and @stephjohnsonband takes the stage and tells our story on @AGT. We are on the edge of our seat with excitement. Watch along with us and don’t forget you can be a part of our good work. Consider supporting the choir and what we do at voicesofourcity.org/donate. Link in bio.”
For Heavy.com’s full recap of the premiere episode, click here.
New episodes of America’s Got Talent season 15 air on Tuesday nights at 8/7c on NBC.