News-Journal.com | Longview, TX – J.C. Fisher grew up singing in church, but the choice to sing took shape in a gymnasium.
“I sang the national anthem at a basketball game — that was kind of the start of it,” said Fisher, who is one-third of trio that made its debut on “America’s Got Talent.” “I thought, maybe there’s something. Maybe I can do this some more.”
Fisher, Marcus Collins and John Hagen, now travel the world as The Texas Tenors.
They’ll bring their blend of classical and pop sounds, complete with video and other visuals, to the Belcher Center on Jan. 22. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. with tickets starting at $53.
“We’re best friends,” Fisher said. “We get along great.”
Fisher, 42, said his moment in the gym floor spotlight, while senior class president in Pleasant Hope, Missouri, drew him to sing in college. Hagen and Collins were on similar paths, working day jobs while making forays into night club and ocean crews venues.
The trio’s shows run a gamut of styles. Audience members could hear a country classic next to a Broadway tune with a gospel melody thrown in.
“And we go into some Pavarotti,” Fisher added. “That (range) was our goal. That’s what we did. One second, I’ll be singing John Denver and go right into Neapolitan, like, ‘Oh, Sole Mio.’ … It’s energetic, it’s fun. It has a flow to it, it really has a flow. Ours is not like a Broadway show, it’s more of a spectacle. We just have a lot going on, a lot to look at. We’re just taking people on a two-hour journey.”
Topping Billboard charts while staging more than 800 concerts in America and abroad, The Texas Tenors are family-friendly.
“Kids like it, because we have a good time,” Fisher said. “And Marcus goes out for audience participation. … Our band is absolutely amazing. We’ve got a four-piece band.”
Fisher recalled meeting Hagen at a construction site early in solo singing careers.
“And he was singing, doing some drywall,” he said. “We had this weird idea to get together and maybe just sing something and send it into, “America’s Got Talent.” We had no idea that, six years later, we’d do 1,000 shows as The Texas Tenors.”
Their name notwithstanding, the trio are not from here, though each has spent five or more years between the Red and Rio Grande rivers.
“Ninety-five percent of our gigs are outside of Texas,” he added. “It’s an irony. We laugh about it. … We’re excited to come to Longview. Anytime we come to a new city in Texas, it’s exciting.”