America’s Got Talent (AGT) has been a very popular platform for amateurs performers to present their talents. AGT’s stage has seen some of the most talented singers. here is a list of some of the singers who exceeded our expectations and emerged as the most gifted singers of AGT.
Linkin’ Bridge, season 11
Linkin’ Bridge is a band that has a tremendous amount of passion for music and rose to fame after becoming finalists on the 11th season of America’s Got Talent. Originating from Louisville, Kentucky Montre Davis, Shon “China” Lacy, Ralph “Big Rome” Kimbrough, and Elliott “The Kid” Nichols have known each other since their teen years. They decided to pursue their dreams of succeeding in the music industry together. In their first audition, they blew away the judges and the audience with their performance. They sang “Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen and got a standing ovation from everyone. Certainly one of the best singers we’ve seen on AGT!
They reached the finale with some bangers and have already dropped their first album in March 2020. “Expressions Volume 1” includes their feel-good single “60’s dance” which gets you on your feet and on the dance floor. Louisville’s favorite quartet has also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! They have performed the National Anthem for The Kentucky Oaks and at the Kentucky Motor Speedway for NASCA, both of which were aired on NBC Sports.
Courtney Hadwin, season 13
Courtney Hadwin was only 13 years old when she first auditioned for the 13th season of America’s Got Talent (AGT) and ended up being one of the finalists. During her introduction, she was a shy little girl whose favorite subject in school was music. Hadwin sang Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle” and the shy girl was long gone. She danced and sang with her heart getting the audience and judges clapping along with her.
Though she didn’t bag the AGT’s grand prize but soon after she did 5 live shows in Las Vegas. The young talented then proceeded to sign a deal with Syco Entertainment and Arista Records for her first album in late 2018. On 25th October 2019, the album was released including live covers of “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles, “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X, and “Sucker” by the Jonas Brothers. Hence, the name of the album “The Cover Sessions”
Brian Justin Crum, season 11
Brian Justin Crum, from San Diego, auditioned for the 11th season of AGT and came in fourth place. During the audition, he mentioned that his mother was in the audience and he owes it all to her. He had a very difficult childhood when came out as gay during elementary school and was picked on by his classmates. His mother supported him and helped him on his path of becoming a singer He performed Radiohead’s “Creep” and left everyone awe-struck with his vocals.
Since then he has released a lot of new music, the latest being a music video called “I & U” in 2019. He also completed in “ America’s Got Talent: The Champions” but couldn’t reach the top 5. In 2019, he released a cover of Robyn’s “Show Me Love”. This cover got him the Billboards, reaching the top ten Billboards Dance Club Songs chart and peaked at #33 on the magazine’s Dance/Electronic Songs chart. His success shows how he has been one of the most celebrated and best singers to have graced AGT with his presence.
Jimmy Rose, season 8
Jimmy Rose is a country singer and guitarist originating from Pineville, Kentucky. He auditioned for season 8 and finished third in the competition. The talented singer is a former marine and coal miner. He was seen with his guitar at the audition and sang “Coal Keeps the Lights On”.
Where is Rose these days? He really got into the music industry and at one point did almost 60 shows in six months. When he isn’t busy singing, he’s deer hunting, fishing, and spending time with his wife and kids. Even at the audition, everyone could see that Jimmy was a man who enjoyed the simplest pleasures of life. Rose said the competition still feels like it was yesterday. It’s been like a dream,” Rose said. “It really has. You go from playing birthday parties and just kind of get-together gigs, pig roasts, things like that to actually your own show.”
Anna Clendening, Season 9
Anna Clendening participated in the 9th season of America’s got talent. Though she got eliminated in the quarterfinals, she is known to be one of the most followed participants of AGT due to her large following. Anna was suffering from anxiety and depression. She turned to music to feel better and began writing and performing songs in her bedroom. In fact, she was bed-ridden 4 months prior to her audition and refused to get out of bed. She performed “Hallelujah” while playing the guitar. Initially, she had some problems coming up to the stage but with Nick Cannon’s support, she finally felt comfortable. After her performance, Howie Mandel walked up to the stage to hug her for her bravery facing her anxiety.
Clendening signed with the East West Records label and launched her debut with “Waves”. In early 2019, she toured in over eight U.S. cities. As of 12th June 2020, she signed a record deal with Atlantic.
Grace Avery VanderWaal, Season 11
Grace Avery VanderWaal was only 12 years old when she first auditioned at AGT for season 11. She entered the stage with a ukulele and decided to sing one of her own originals. With such a contagious smile and exceptionally unique vocals, she blew away her listeners and received a big applause from the judges. Grace won season 11 with her originals and now on a very successful musical path. She began her journey as a musician by posting videos of her songs and covers on Youtube and more often than not, performing open mic nights near her hometown in New York. One of the youngest yet best singers on AGT so far!
Lindsay Peoples wrote for New York Magazine: “The songs she wrote and performed on AGT were not only catchy but emotional and unique to her own sound, a mix of raw and folk”.
Since her AGT days, VanderWaal hasn’t looked back. She has been singing at many opening and closing events at ceremonies like the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria and atop the Empire State Building for engaged couples for a valentine themed event. She has made appearances at many famous shows like Ellen and The Late Late Show with James Corden. As for the latest news, the AGT star debuted in her first movie named Stargirl as the title character. The movie was released on Disney+ and She received mostly favorable reviews.
These were some of the singers that blew our minds away. check out the video below to look at some of the best first auditions on the AGT stage.