BRANSON, Mo. — Award winning vocal group of “America’s Got Talent” fame Voices of Glory uses their talents not only to entertain audiences, and now readers, nationwide; but they are also spending 2014 giving back to communities across the country that have supported them on their journey.
Voices of Glory are a group of siblings whose unique style of singing harmonies makes them stand out. Michael, Avery and Nadia started singing together in 2007 after their mother, Felicia, was in a head-on car collision with a drunk driver, which landed her in an eight-month coma. They serenaded their mother for months and she eventually came out of the coma and began the rehabilitation process. Having seen the benefits of music for their mom, they started traveling to nursing homes and other hospitals in an effort to help other patients.
Then came the NBC hit, "America's Got Talent" in 2009, where the group beat out more than 100,000 hopefuls and made it to the Top Five. This was very important to Voices Of Glory because they wanted to show their family and fans how much they had inspired them. Fans across America had hoped this talented trio would make it to the finals and they got their wish. "Inspirational" describes how these kids faced adversity with hope and a positive attitude, amazing parents and fans at their talent and convictions.
Since “America’s Got Talent”, Voices of Glory has launched an enthusiastic tour, including performances at a number of key events: beginning with a slot as presenters and performers during the pre-show of gospel music's biggest night, the 41st Annual GMA's Dove Awards.
The heartwarming story and the siblings' unmatched melodic and harmonic prowess, not only led to their stint on America's Got Talent, but also opened doors for a recording contract, their own music show in Branson, Missouri, and an opportunity to sing before a crowd of more than 18,000 in Madison Square Garden. In May 2010, the family's story was aired nationally on Fox News network, as a Mother's Day weekend special. The popular "Jet Magazine" also ran a story on the family for their Mother's Day special, and "Gospel Today" featured Voices Of Glory* in their "Buzz' section. If you were to search “Voices Of Glory” online you would literally find hundreds of stories of their accomplishments.
As Voices Of Glory continues to make news around the world, they have repeatedly said and truly believe, "that all their glory belongs to God." "We want to go as far as we possibly can and let God take us wherever he wants to," says Michael Cole of his hopes for the group and their music. "Just let Him, let us be his instruments and just allow us to go as far as possible."
Individually, the Branson Show Awards recently proclaimed Nadia, the youngest member of the group at 14, young female entertainer of the year. In addition, Nadia recently participated in the Disney World American Idol Experience, ultimately winning an advance ticket to the American Idol auditions lineup nationwide. 18-year-old Avery was recently named as one of Branson’s best artists, earning a nomination for “Male Entertainer of the Year” for his performances as part of the Voices of Glory show “AYO”. Michael, who turns 22 in June is currently preparing to travel to Nashi, Alaska to serve alongside Generation Ministries and members of Grace Assembly Church (located in Branson, Mo.) for two weeks as they rebuild camp grounds that suffered after a hard winter and welcome the first wave of 2014 campers.
In addition to inspiring with their music, the group combined their efforts with author Claudia Stewart Farrell to share their incredible story of heartbreak and hope in their book “Higher Than Me: The Story of Voices of Glory.” Praised as “an excellent book... about a family who trusts God” by Pneuma Magazine, Claudia Stewart Farrell’s heartrending story follows the remarkable journey of Michael and Felicia Cole’s love story shared through the lives of their children as they embark on an unbelievable odyssey from singing in their mother’s hospital room to their place as a Top Five Finalist on America’s Got Talent. In addition to earning top reviews, the book was recently selected by the prestigious Boston University Graduate Film & Screen Writing Program to be pitched for a potential film adaptation. The screenplay will focus on the personal account of Michael & Felicia Cole and their three children, who have made music their life and legacy. For more information about “Higher Than Me” and to view the book, visit: www.thevoicesofglory.com
Current performances: Voices of Glory begins the 2014 show season of “AYO” at the Hughes Brothers Theatres in Branson, Mo. with a full schedule of 169 shows. “AYO” is ranked #3 through Trip Advisor for top reviews of Branson shows. For tickets, go online to www.bransonayo.com
The group is also supporting the Springfield Police Chaplains Association with a performance on Thursday, May 8 at the Peace Officers Memorial Service, an annual event held as a memorial to Missouri police officers that lost their lives in the line of duty. Over 200 uniformed police officers and Missouri dignitaries will be in attendance. The event will be held at 10:00 a.m. at Praise Assembly, 3535 N Glenstone, Springfield, Mo.