America's Got Talent - One For The Money, Two For The Show...

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It's not often that I would post something like this, but it's just way too exciting to pass up.  Many of you who went to RainCamp in San Francisco got to see our family Band "Armored Flight" play for our first "live" performance.  We had a blast!  The support and love we've received since has been awesome.  One thing led to another, and the next thing I know, we're auditioning for America's Got Talent!

Here's the long story made short~

After RainCamp SF, our youngest son Brandon, (age 13) also our guitar player, asked if I would take him to LA to enter as a guitar in AGT5.  Well I did, and after his 90 second debut solo, the NBC producer said to him "You remind me of Van Halen, you should be entering your family band!"  You can read about our journey on Brandon's very first blog post: "America's Got Talent - My Adventure and Dream Come True" 

 

So when we returned home, my wife and our two boys went into the recording studio and recorded a song called "Just Do It" in hopes that we might get into this years competition.  We submitted our video to AGT's audition site.  We think we may be one of the few if not the ONLY "Family" rock bands in America.  This last Thursday, I received this email from the casting producers at NBC and America's Got Talent.

OMG!  When I saw this, my heart rate tripled, my blood pressure exploded, I immediately ran into the bedroom where my wife was taking a shower (TMI) and told her of the news.  Then I ran back to my computer and responded to their email and answered their questions.  I was literally shaking with excitement and couldn't wait to tell the kids and the rest of our family.

You can't imagine the next moments, hours, and days that followed.  To us, this is like winning the lottery.  It's Even Better!!  Here's our announcement we put up on the Armored Flight Blog for our family and friends.

SO WE ARE GOING TO THE NEXT ROUND and think we have a good chance.  We would be the very first and only family rock band to ever make it on the show in the history of America's Got Talent.  If there were ever a favor I'd ask from anyone who reads this....well, I think you already know what it is...   :-))

The Executive Producers at NBC are now reviewing all the finalists to see who makes it on the show.  We're keeping our fingers crossed and hoping they'll give "America" the chance to possibly vote for us. 

Win or lose, this is a very exciting time and journey for us.  I am so proud of these kids and of my wife!  We definitely have our work cut out, so now it's one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and hopefully......"four to go!"  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our family, one of the coolest things that's ever happened,  and it's something we just had to share with you all.

NEW UPDATE - 3/25/2010

We received a voice mail from AGT while I was away at Seattle.  They want us to send in one more "live" video for the next round of competition.  This one is just for the Executive Producers.  They want it raw, uncut, recorded in our living room.  I'm setting up my flip video camera this weekend and recording a song (the very first and same song that we opened up with at RainCamp San Francisco) and sending it in this weekend.  How ironic is that?  We're back to the "first song" that got us here to begin with.  lol~

I have to say, after staying with Bob Stewart the last couple days, and watching American Idol with him at his house the other night, this whole experience is becoming so surreal.  I still can't believe this is happening or even wrap my brain around it. It's like a dream that I just can't seem to get down to a reality.  It is very REAL and I am very PROUD of my family right now!!  Thanks to ALL our AR friends and family for all your comments of support and encouragement, it means more to me us than you will ever know.

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Rainmaker
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Donna Harris
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That is so awesome! I saw the light in your eyes when you were telling me about your son and what he requested when you were in Dallas.  Great news, and break a string!

Mar 25, 2010 03:18 AM #58
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Brad, this is really getting fun, for you and your family and us your AR family, I know I am anxous to see one of our own on the tube...best of luck...from the pics your wife looks like Amy Grant, or Amy Grant looks like your wife...

Mar 25, 2010 03:21 AM #59
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Hey, Brad. This is great news. I am so happy for you and your family. I will have my phone ready to vote. Jim

Mar 25, 2010 03:22 AM #60
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Hi Brad,

 

WOW !!! I've been following Brandon.. AKA... Armored Flight since February......

 

What a great experience....... For your son, for the family , ActiveRain family

 

 

You and your wife have been a great set of parents!!!!!!

 

 

GOOD LUCK  !!!

Mar 25, 2010 03:36 AM #61
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So verfy cool.

Will you be getting tats?

Mar 25, 2010 03:52 AM #62
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Congratulations Brad!  It is so awesome to do a family thing like that, I know you're psyched!!!  Best wishes!

Mar 25, 2010 06:26 AM #63
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That is absolutely the coolest thing. I wish you guy nothing but success. Please don't forget us little people when you guys reach stardom!

 

Mar 25, 2010 06:45 AM #64
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Brad - Smokin'....... I sure hope to see your family make it. I would not touch my Bat channel or Bat Dial if you guys got a shot. Very fun !

Mar 25, 2010 08:10 AM #65
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Brad,

Rock On!  I really hope to see you guys on television (and live and in person)!

Good luck!

Mar 25, 2010 08:19 AM #66
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COOL!!!   I can't wait to see you on TV !   I hope you knock em dead!  Keep us posted!

Mar 25, 2010 09:14 AM #67
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It is so nice to so people so much talent, i cant even sing in the shower, that is how talented i am :(.  But congratulations to you and your family!!!

Mar 25, 2010 04:51 PM #68
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Mary Jo Quay
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That's fabulous, and life changing?  How about an audio clip in one of your blogs?

Mar 25, 2010 05:48 PM #69
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wow

Mar 26, 2010 12:54 AM #70
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Evelyn Johnston
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Brad, I am sure that your family here on AR will be sure to watch and vote! Congrats to your whole family!

Mar 26, 2010 01:27 AM #71
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Brad, I am sure that your family here on AR will be sure to watch and vote! Congrats to your whole family!

Mar 26, 2010 01:27 AM #72
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Thanks again everyone for your comments and "votes" of support. 

Mary Jo - there is a link in the post above where you can watch the video we submitted, listen to some clips, and read Brandon's story about the audition that led us here.  Check it out when you have some spare time.  Thanks.

We are recording the new video for "Round Three" this Saturday and are banking on it getting us to the next round and hopefully on to the show.  I'll be sure to keep updating this post and comments to keep you all informed of the latest news... 

WE ARE THRILLED TO HAVE MADE IT THIS FAR!!  :-))

Mar 26, 2010 02:43 AM #73
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hey brad, music is chicken soup for us ARers...keep us posted on the dates & congratulations!

Mar 26, 2010 07:42 AM #74
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Brad, that is phenomenal. Tell everyone congratulations.

Mar 26, 2010 08:21 AM #75
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Brad, what excitement!  Best of luck!

Apr 05, 2010 05:35 PM #76
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Thanks, we're hoping to hear back this week if we go to the next round!  We're VERY EXCITED!!  :-)))

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