This might be a little difficult for me to write, but I’ll do my best. The reason it might be a little difficult is because I’m a huge country music fan. There is little I don’t know about country music. I seldom go to a concert that isn’t country music. And, I don’t often see a show put on by children. That said…. On Saturday night, I saw Lorrie Morgan in Johnson City, Tenn. The opening act was not country. The opening act was not adults. However, the opening act was extremely talented! The group was The Wright Kids.
I had some idea what to expect, since I saw these kids on America’s Got Talent. But, I didn’t know how much talent they had until Sage, Baruch and Levi took the stage. Entertaining seems to come naturally to them. Their stage presence is amazing. They work a stage better than a lot of adults I have seen. They play to their audience. And they are better than anyone of their age I have ever seen perform.
Sage is 14. I remember her on mandolin when she was on AGT. But on Saturday night, we also got to see her play guitar and violin. The bio on her web site tells us she has been laying violin since she was 3 years old. She started mandolin at age 8. Sage also sings. She has an impressive resume, which includes performances with the Roanoke Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Baruch (the web site tells us that is pronounced bare’-uk) is 11 years old and started singing at age 3, playing guitar by age 5, and “quickly developed into a strong rhythm guitar player.” I found this interesting – he was the winner of the Oscar Mayer ‘Sing the Jingle Be a Star’ contest, and earned a top spot in a national television commercial. In addition to playing guitar, he also played banjo during Saturday night’s show..
Levi is 8 years old, and plays bass. When he came out on stage, it was immediately obvious that Levi really likes what he’s doing. He started singing when he was 3 and started playing base at age 5. His bio tells us that he likes Scooby-Doo and is the world’s youngest expert on Titanic trivia. He’s a joy to watch. Moms everywhere are going to want to take him home.
Those are the three kids we all knew from America’s Got Talent. And then, the audience got a real treat. We were introduced to 6-year-old Selah. She was further proof that big things really do come in small packages. She has been singing since she could walk, according to her bio. For a six-year-old she is a really good lead singer. And, she is also learning guitar and keyboard.
Opening for Lee Greenwood, May 2010.
They aren’t country, they aren’t ‘grown’. But let me tell you, these kids put on one of the most entertaining shows you could ever hope to see anywhere. Hope you will check out their web site, and if they are in an area near you – go see them. You are not going to be disappointed!