Angel City Chorale was known as the impressive choir in season 13 of America’s Got Talent. The group made up of adults had 165 members at the time of their audition and was already known around the world. There are 7 things to know about their band in 2022.
This choir took the AGT stage and immediately impressed with their audition of Toto’s “Africa”, but that band didn’t get their Golden Buzzer on their audition. America’s Got Talent Guest judge Olivia Munn gave this group her Golden Buzzer during the judges’ round. From there this group exceeded expectations, at one point Simon Cowell noted that they were one of the best backing vocals on the show.
1. This group was founded in 1993
Angel City Choir was founded long before America’s Got Talent hit television. This choir was founded in 1993 by their current artistic director, Sue Fink. Fink founded the choir with 18 singers at the famous McCabe’s Guitar Shop. This group has grown from 18 singers to over 180. The choir includes dedicated singers who perform music from all different genres.
2. Sue Fink is an accomplished bandleader.
Fink found success through Angel City Chorale, as well as his own efforts. Prior to forming the group, she studied conducting with the founder of the first vocal group, Roger Wagner Chorale. While studying with Wagner, she toured internationally with his Grammy Award-winning band.
Outside of Angel City Chorale, Fink also created and conducted the Oriana Renaissance Ensemble and the Los Angeles Women’s Community Chorus. Independently as a singer/songwriter, she has released two award-winning albums. When not with the choir, she composes and arranges songs for other choral organizations and writes songs for film and television. In parallel, she is also a private vocal coach.
3. Anyone can join the choir
The best part about this choir is that there is a place for everyone. As long as you’re over 18, you can apply to audition for the band. The group divides its year into two sections, spring and fall. The spring section begins in February and ends with concerts in June, while the fall section begins in September and ends with concerts in December. The current iteration of the band features 180 singers.
4. They went viral on YouTube before America’s Got Talent
During Angel City Chorale AGT audition, they performed a beautiful rendition of Toto’s “Africa”. They started the performance by snapping their thumbs and slapping their thighs to create the sound of rain and thunder before starting the song. America was impressed when they first saw this on the AGT scene, but it was already going viral online. In 2013, Angel City Chorale posted a video of them performing this song on YouTube. As of 2022, this video has over 20 million views.
5. The organization recently expanded
Due to their success as a group, Angel City Chorale started a youth group. The adult members of Angel City Chorale work with young people in Los Angeles, so they wanted to create a group that teaches the importance of music in children’s lives. The Angel City Youth Chorale was established in 2018 to create greater awareness of the arts in life. The children in the group learn the basic elements of music and choral singing with other members of the community.
6. They have an annual Hope Tour
The Tour of Hope brings music to those who cannot make it to traditional music venues. Their tour operates year-round, visiting places like the soup kitchen, residential facilities, low-income housing, nursing homes, hospitals, sober residences, and more. While the band is in these locations, they donate both their performance and personal items, supplies, and toys. The Tour of Hope was created in 1997.
7. They raised money for foundations outside of the Los Angeles area for the Tour of Hope
The Tour of Hope was created to give back to the Los Angeles community. Since their fundamentals come from the specific community, they generally do not travel outside of their region. In the past, Angel City Chorale have raised funds for Ireland and Cape Town, South Africa on their annual tour. To raise funds for the County Mayo Cancer Action Group and the historic repair of churches in Ireland, Angel City Chorale has performed benefit concerts across the country. In the same vein, the group raised funds for the Amy Foundation in South Africa. At the last Angel City Chorale benefit concert, the children receiving the funds sang along with the group.
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