Summer Music: Voices Of Our City Choir
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Credit: Michele Zousmer
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This summer the entire nation has gotten to meet the group of homeless musicians and singers who first assembled in a small metal church back in 2016. As contestants on America’s Got Talent the group has wowed the judges and moved into the contest’s semi-finals.
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Out of tragedy comes triumph and transformational music. That could be the motto of San Diego’s Voices of Our City Choir. This summer, the entire nation had the chance to meet this group of homeless musicians and singers who first assembled in a small metal church in 2016. As contestants on "America’s Got Talent," the group has wowed the judges and moved into the contest’s semi-finals.
But this summer has also brought sorrow for the group. Co-founder Nina Leilani Deering died in a car crash in June.
Amid the highs and lows of recent months, the Voices of Our City choir maintains its core inspiration.
“Inspiration came from discovering that many people living on the streets were artists and musicians with no outlet. I wanted to have a place where we could go and make music," choir Executive Director Steph Johnson said.
As part of our Summer Music series, Johnson joined Midday Edition Thursday to talk about the choir and her dream for its future.
The choir performs on "America's Got Talent" at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15 on NBC.
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