Chandler Center for the Arts staff sent a Q & A to The Texas Tenors. With Operatic renditions and beautiful harmonizing arrangements of popular songs, Broadway tunes, country songs, and hits from Bruno Mars to Puccini, The Texas Tenors thrills audiences worldwide! Read about how they got started on America's Got Talent and how far they've come since then. Don't miss The Texas Tenors on Saturday, January 21, at 7:30 p.m.
Can you tell us a little bit about how The Texas Tenors formed?
The group began years before America’s Got Talent. JC and Marcus were best friends having performed in theatrical productions for the last 20 years. John also was singing professionally and would do construction on the side with JC when not on stage. As the talent shows began to gain popularity, we decided to take our shot. We auditioned for AGT in 2009, made it to the finale and to this day are one of the most successful groups in the show’s history.
Classical, pop, and country are all genres that are all individually very different from one another. Where did your “Country Roots, Classical Sound” come from?
All three of The Texas Tenors studied classical music in college. We also grew up with humble country upbringings and were involved in music through our churches as kids. Later in life, John was working at the metropolitan opera and JC was taking care of cattle on his family farm. “Country Roots, Classical Sound,” seemed like the perfect description for the three of us as we began our journey as The Texas Tenors. As a matter fact, that was the title of our first cd. On this cd you can hear everything from John Denver to Puccini!
What is your proudest professional accomplishment since leaving America’s Got Talent?
We have had some amazing opportunity since AGT, like performing in a 24 city UK tour, touring in China, creating 2 PBS Specials, winning several Emmys, and producing several top charting CDs and DVDs. All three of us would agree that performing with the Boston Pops on July 4th and singing for our nation at the White House for the national tree lighting were favorite highlights of our career so far!
How would you describe your relationship to one another?
We have been friends for such a long time we consider ourselves more like brothers. Even the Texas Tenors band and crew feel like our family because we have been together such a long time now. Yes, The Texas Tenors’ personalities and voices are all totally different but that’s what makes us stronger as a whole.
What is your favorite thing to sing together right now?
Some of our favorite songs to sing right now are our originals like - Boot Daddy and That’s a God thing. It’s also fun for us to sing popular 80’s songs like “Dream On” and “Show must go on.” John does all our vocal arrangements, and makes covers feel like brand new songs.
What have you been listening to lately? Do you have any recommendations for us?
Because we are a crossover group, we like listening to everything from classical to pop to jazz, gospel and country and musical theater. If you want to hear a great tenor that is world renowned and is a friend of TTT then be sure to check out Michael Spyres. Absolutely incredible.
Is there anything else you would like to say to our patrons?
We look forward to seeing each and every one of you at the show. Each aspect of the show, whether it’s the music, the production, or the video elements from start to finish is all produced by us and our band. We love what we do, and we can’t wait to entertain you!