LasVegasMagazine.com | By Penny Levin – The Texas Tenors are three classically trained, talented, handsome and personable fellas who have a musical sound that touches your soul. They became the highest-ranking vocal group in the history of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, placing fourth in the 2009 finals.
“A reality show developed into a career,” said Marcus Collins, who laughs and identifies himself as the blond in the group. In addition to Collins there is country music singer and trio founder JC Fisher and opera singer John Hagen. The young tenors formed the award-winning act, but also forged a bond that makes them more like brothers than colleagues.
Since The Texas Tenors are self-produced, each man has specific responsibilities, but all three make the major decisions together. Collins, warm and friendly with Cowboy charm to spare, handles the media requests, takes care of travel arrangements and does the lighting design. Hagen does the vocal arrangements and Fisher is in charge of video production. All have a part in selecting what they want to sing.
Talking about the popularity of the three-time Emmy Award-winning group for their PBS special, You Should Dream, Collins said, “It’s wonderful. I never in my wildest dreams thought we would have this success, and I am so grateful for it.” And being the single one in the group, he boyishly states he is amazed at the ardent reaction from women when they find out. “It’s flattering and surprising,” he said.
The Texas Tenors’ demographic is heavy into the 40- to 60-year age group, but has gained popularity with younger people—and continues to do so.” We sing everything from (Bruno) Mars to Puccini to John Denver,” Collins said. Their Suncoast show is called, Let Freedom Sing, featuring a combination of patriotic and pop songs.
Collins assures die-hard fans that four songs—“God Bless the U.S.A.,” “Unchained Melody, “Mountain Music” and “My Way”—are always part of the performance.
“I also go out into the audience to talk to people and sing the Bruno Mars song ‘Just The Way You Are’ to some audience members,” he said. “It’s great to talk to the crowd, and there is lots of interaction. We all joke a bit, take some selfies and even dance.”
Somehow the trio also found time to produce a childrens’ book, Ruckus on the Ranch, which features a song that Collins wrote.
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