'America's Got Talent': Who are the 'Voices of Service' and why are fans still talking about them?
'America's Got Talent' season 14 returned for another episode on Tuesday night, where we got to witness one particular patriotic act that brought the judges to their feet.
Known as 'Voices of Service', the quartet of army veterans took the AGT stage and wowed judges Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Julianne Hough and Gabrielle Union with their heartwarming rendition of Katy Perry's 'Rise'. Their performance did not just leave the judges stunned, but the audiences as well.
Before their performance, the four singers introduced themselves as a veteran and active-duty service members in the US military. They revealed how they were brought together by music and how they hope they can help their fellow active-duty service members through their music.
"We're using this platform to show what music can do as music therapy for service men and women who are coping with post-traumatic stress and we just love what we do," the group revealed on stage.
"Every day of your life that you spent there, you had to make it your best because one day you could be having lunch with one of your battle buddies and the next they could be gone, so those thoughts ring through all of our minds. We would sit around and start singing and that would help us get over that we went through that day. You know, just bring a sense of hope to the loss that we dealt with.... the bond of music got us through it all," they said.
Adding to that a member of the group said, "To have this opportunity, it reminds you what a great country we do live in... And it's for those people, for those men and women, who have given the ultimate sacrifice, that I stand on the stage and sing tonight."
According to Military.com Voices of Service is affiliated with the Virginia-based Center for American Military Music Opportunities (CAMMO). They are a group solely dedicated to creating music performances and career opportunities for veterans and active-duty members.
After their performance, they received a standing ovation from the judges and audience. After the audition aired, Mandel took Twitter and thanked them for their service. "I can't thank you enough for your service. Because you do what you do, it allows us to do what we do. This is beautiful, and important, and right. Thank you."
Following Tuesday's episode, fans took to Twitter and shared their love for 'Voices of Service.'
"So moving...! Loved your performance, your message, your passion, and most of all your service from one vet to all of you...! Rooting for you!" wrote a fan on Twitter.
While another fan said, "@VoicesofService AMAZING!!! Beautiful, stunning, healing and moving... What a powerful cause you stand for. Thank you all for your service and integrity. Many Prayers and blessings."
"I have never been brought to tears this many times in one season of @AGT! These soldiers are so talented and I hope this is only the beginning of their mission to bring healing to our servicemen and women who suffer from PTSD and that are haunted by what they have seen in combat." wrote another fan.
Another fan said, "Hands down the best performance of the night. When I see this caliber of talent, it renews my faith in America. Amazing performance! Thank you for all you do above and beyond the call of duty."
'America's Got Talent' season 14 airs every Tuesday night on NBC. Check your local listings for more information.