‘America’s Got Talent’ finalists to perform in Marshall

Submitted photo The Sons of Serendip, who were finalists in season 9 of “America’s Got Talent,” will perform in Marshall on Tuesday.

MARSHALL — From “America’s Got Talent” to sharing the stage with John Legend, the Sons of Serendip will now bring that talent to Marshall.

The Sons of Serendip, who were finalists in season 9 of “America’s Got Talent,” will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts at Marshall High School.

Sons of Serendip consists of Micah Christian on vocals, Cordaro Rodriguez on piano and guitar, Kendall Ramseur on cello/vocals and Mason Morton on harp.

Ramseur and Rodriguez hail from Charlotte, North Carolina.

“We grew up in the same neighborhood,” Ramseur said. The two went to the same elementary and middle school together.

Ramseur said he remembered composing and sharing music with Rodriguez and thinking how amazing it would be to work with him in the future.

“We always composed music,” Ramseur said. “Music composition has always been a big part of our lives.”

Ramseur was 10 years old when he started playing the cello. He said he liked the timbre of the instrument.

“It definitely resembles the human voice, in my opinion,” Ramseur said. “I felt the cello was the perfect instrument.”

Ramseur also recalled the time being in elementary school and seeing Yo-Yo Ma in concert. After that experience, he said he fell more in love with the instrument.

The four came together at Boston University while in graduate school.

“We were all there for different reasons,” Ramseur said. Morton and Ramseur were in the school of music, Rodriguez was attending law school at Boston University, and Christian was studying theology.

After graduation, the four went their separate ways. Ramseur said he was doing solo work and had his own band. Some time later, an opportunity arose to audition for the show “America’s Got Talent.” Christian called Rodriguez and asked if he was interested, and in turn Rodriguez asked Morton and Ramseur if they wanted to try out for the show.

“We said, ‘yeah, we’ll do it,'” Ramseur said.

During season 9, the judges’ panel included Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howard Stern and Howie Mandel, Ramseur said

“Each week that we progressed, it was all overwhelming positive feedback,” Ramseur said. The group received standing ovations, and Ramseur said the judges were fond of their group. “It was amazing how they felt” about their music, Ramseur said. “It was enlightening to us.”

As the weeks went on and the band was approaching the finals, the thought was “oh man, we can do this,” Ramseur said.

Ramseur said they thought that if they won the show, they would continue to play music together. They were finalists that season, taking fourth place, and then Sons of Serendip was born.

After the show, the group had several “amazing” opportunities, Ramseur said. It opened for John Legend as well as Jay Leno, it released three Billboard charting albums, and three of the group’s singles have done well. The group also performed during the “In Memoriam” segment of the 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards. They were also invited back to “America’s Got Talent — The Champions.”

Every year, the Sons of Serendip go on extensive tours of the United States and have been to Canada and the Caribbean. Ramseur said it’s amazing to travel and “make beautiful music with your brothers.”

The group performs a wide range of cover songs in a “fresh new way,” Ramseur said. Some of their program highlights include “Moon River” by Andy Williams, “Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas and “Stop in the Name of Love” by Diana Ross and the Supremes.

Ramseur said the group also composes its own music as well, which includes its latest single written by Rodriguez, “Love You Still.”

“We’re excited to be getting into more originals,” Ramseur said. He said three of the members are songwriters and composers. A new EP of originals is set to be released in late July or early August, he said.

Ramseur describes the group’s music as “classic crossover.” He said the group has instruments which are seen in a classic setting, taking pop songs and rearranging them.

“A little bit of a classical vibe that comes out of these arrangements and something else,” he said.

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