Kerry Lengel, The Republic – The Texas Tenors — JC Fisher, Marcus Collins and John Hagen — launched their career on Season 4 of “America’s Got Talent.” This weekend they reunite with the Phoenix Symphony, which served as their backing band for a PBS special last year. Here are three reasons to catch the show.
1. Eclectic energy — All three singers are classically trained, but Fisher is a big country fan and Collins is a pop specialist. Hence the trio’s trademark mix that includes the “big four” tunes they almost always perform: “Mountain Music,” “Unchained Melody,” “My Way” and “God Bless the USA.” In a recent interview, Collins says he embraces the “crossover” label: “I think all artists should be crossovers, honestly. If you love music and it’s a great song, what does it matter what genre it is?”
2. New tunes — Recent additions to the tenors’ repertoire include “Music of the Night” from “The Phantom of the Opera” and Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb.” And they will be debuting their version of “Amazing Grace” in Phoenix. “It’s just music that we love, and it just happens to be that people like it,” Collins says of their song selection. “We’ve had so many opera fans say, ‘I really do like that country song and the way you guys sang it.’ We’re bringing diverse people together.”
3. Vocal chemistry — Collins says the secret to the trio’s success is that they are great friends offstage as well as on, sharing passions for travel and sports, especially college basketball. “These two guys feel like family to me,” he says. “It just comes naturally because we are so in tune with each other.”
The Texas Tenors with the Phoenix Symphony
Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Jan. 2-3 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4.
Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix.
$18-$83. 602-495-1999 phoenixsymphony.org.