VSU Gospel Chorale will compete in America’s Got Talent finals on Aug. 20

The Virginia State University Gospel Chorale will perform Tuesday, August 20, with the results show the next night. America’s Got Talent airs from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. EDT on local NBC affiliates.

The group has advanced to the Live Performance portion of NBC’s hit show America’s Got Talent that will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.  

Local hometown members of the Virginia State University Gospel Choral include: Brett Harris, of Chester; Keon Chapman of Prince George; Donta Dixon, Jasmine Henderson, Shaquilla Holland, Morris Moses, III, Denzel Palmer and Johnale Williams, all of Richmond; Shakyra Johnson, of Hopewell; and Jasmine Reaves, of Petersburg. In addition, group soloist Bernard Walker is from Dinwiddie and Group Director Perry Evans, II is from Richmond

The 45-member Gospel Chorale has become one of the top 60 finalists of the competition after auditioning in New York and advancing through the second round in Las Vegas.  Performers at Radio City Music Hall will advance based on viewers’ votes.

The Gospel Chorale is one of VSU’s most requested performance groups. Its primary mission is to provide gospel music for the University and surrounding community. Annually, the choir performs for a variety of commitments, including University ceremonies, public concerts and church events. In support of music education, the choir performs at music conventions, gospel festivals, primary and secondary schools and at colleges and universities across the country.  

Last year, the group won the People’s Choice Award in the Washington, D.C. Regional Round of Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound.

The VSU Gospel Chorale can be followed at https://www.facebook.com/#!/VSUGospelChorale.

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