Monday, August 29, 2016

Curie High School Vocalists Need Your Help to Win on 'America's Got Talent'

A group of Curie High School students that earlier this summer wowed a national audience in two triumphant performances on "America's Got Talent" is still in the hunt for the show's top prize.

The Curie group--named Musicality--will appear live on the AGT semifinals, set for broadcast at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 30 on NBC-TV stations across the nation.

Those watching the show will be given instructions on how to vote online and/or via cellphone for their favorite acts, such as Musicality. Please tune in and give them your vote(s), will you?

Thus far, while other acts have been eliminated from the competition, Musicality has appeared to knock the socks off the four-member panel of celebrity judges, one of whom appeared to be brought to tears by the nuanced intricacy of the vocal arrangement and the smooth yet profound harmony the young men and women brought to the stage.

The show's pre-performance video about Musicality portrayed the group as a kind of against-the-odds vocal group trying to survive in an underfunded public school system. Footage included them practicing in a school stairwell.

In their on-stage introduction, Musicality founder/director Michael E. Gibson said that Curie "is in a rough neighborhood, but we have kids like this here who are dedicating themselves every day...and try to perfect our craft."

According to Musicality's Facebook page, members include Violetta Chyc, Sara Bautista, Zindy Macias, Diana Cruz, Jane Perez, Michelle Crawhorn, Anna Huang, Roxanne Andrade, Amanda Villagomez, Ephraim Andrewin, Philip Xu, Victor Valdez, Norberto Chavez, Tytrick Miller, Axel Sandoval, Reggie Woods, Ulises "Zazz" Rincon, Ernesto Martinez and Rey Camacho.

Gibson, an acclaimed music educator, vocalist, composer, arranger, director and producer, has taught at Curie for 11 years--first as a piano instructor and later as chorus director and music director for the school's plays.

While the group is known for its exuberance and life-affirming style, it is also an organized, disciplined group of vocal artists. Their work is available for purchase online at Here's their fun and fast cover of "I Want You Back."

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