The Texas Tenors are masters of blending their voices and musical styles.
The trio which got their start on “America’s Got Talent” in 2009, brings together country, classical, Broadway and pop music for a high-energy show that has a little something for everyone.
Marcus Collins, JC Fisher and John Hagen said they think staying a self-produced and managed group has helped them be successful.
“We carefully consider each aspect of our business: Concert bookings, song choices, promotional activities, charity appearances and endorsements,” the band said. “We’re always in the driver’s seat.”
The band has had a busy year, appearing at the 2017 Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington D.C. and deciding to donate the net proceeds from their single, “Rise” to the Hurricane Harvey relief fund established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.
The Texas Tenors will perform their show “Deep in the Heart of Christmas” at the Lutcher Theater this Saturday.
Q: What is the story behind the name?
A: Before our audition on “America’s Got Talent,” we needed to come up with a name that was memorable and meaningful. We all lived and met in Texas so we came up with The Texas Tenors. We call Texas home and always will.
Q: On your latest album, “RISE,” you worked with Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers. What was this experience like and how did it happen?
A: While performing in Branson, Missouri we had the wonderful opportunity to work with Bill Medley and his band. We became fast friends with Bill and even recorded music together at his home. He has taken us under his wing and served as a wonderful mentor. He has spent many years in the business, so it really means a lot having his support. We are very thankful to now call Bill one of our closest friends. We also love hearing his stories!
Q: On “RISE,” which song is the group’s favorite?
A: The answer to this question would probably be different for each member of the group. We all agree that we love singing our new country song “Bootdaddy,” which has a fun upbeat tone, in front of a packed house. However, we each like when it’s our time to shine – John enjoys singing the lead on “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” and JC enjoys playing his guitar on “Rise.” Marcus enjoys singing the Bruno Mars cover of “Just The Way You Are.”
Q: How does it feel to create music, release it and have so many people connect with it?
A: Whether it’s a cover of a beloved classic, or an original song that we have written, it’s such a blessing to perform music that impacts people. Folks may be having a bad day and then come to our concert or hear our recorded music, and their mood can turn around. We have a platform to make a positive change in people’s lives, and we don’t take that for granted. We truly love what we do and hope to be making a difference. That is what life is all about.
Q: The song and video for “Bootdaddy” is quite entertaining. What was it like making such a fun song and video?
A: We had such a great time not only creating the song, but also shooting the video. “Bootdaddy” is one of those fun songs that’s kind of a tongue twister and definitely gets you slapping your knee when you hear it! We contacted friends in the Midwest and everyone agreed it’d be fun to make a video and a line dance to go along with it. We reached out to JC’s good friend Tony, owner of “Midnight Rodeo,” a country bar in Springfield, Missouri to film the video there.
Q: The Texas Tenors recently performed at the 2017 National Christmas Tree Lighting. What was this experience like?
A: It was such an honor to kick off the holiday season with the entire nation and be part of an American tradition. We sang one of the most cherished holiday carols, “O Holy Night” and then (the best part) closed the event with all of the artists such as, Kathie Lee Gifford, The Beach Boys and Wynonna… singing one of our original songs, “Santa Claus is Comin’ Tonight”! An experience we will never forget.
Q: If you could give any advice to struggling musicians, what would it be?
A: The most important thing is be passionate about what you do and pursue what you love most. Also know that timing is everything. Don’t give up! That next break could be right around the corner. Some of the most talented musicians and singers that we know are not performing professionally, but that doesn’t mean that they are wasting their talent. Pray about how you can be used and how your spiritual gifts can be used in the best possible way.
Q: What is next for The Texas Tenors?
A: We will keep plugging forward with our new albums. We are looking forward to producing a gospel album and a Broadway album in the next year or two. We feel the best is yet to come! And we’re also currently in discussions about doing our own reality show/talk show.