An Army veteran from Williamsburg has made it to the final round of America’s Got Talent.
Ron Henry and a cappella quartet Voices of Service were voted into the final round of America’s Got Talent Thursday after performing “Choke” by OneRepublic for AGT judges.
America’s Got Talent announced Thursday night in a news release that Voices of Service is one of five finalists for the 2019 season.
“We are still … we’re still taking it all in,” Henry said from Los Angeles Friday. “We’re so overwhelmed just trying to process being here and being able to be on this platform. It’s been gratifying — we’re so happy to get this message out.”
The final live show will be on Sept. 17 and the winner will be announced Sept. 18.
Voices of Service has maintained the same goal since it’s been on America’s Got Talent: While winning would be a great opportunity, Henry has said, the group aims to spread a message of support to the veteran community and their families.
“There are so many people still hurting and coping in silence,” Henry said. “We want to be that voice for them, to bridge the gap… and let them know, most importantly, it’s OK to not be OK.”
Voices of Service is comprised of four veterans and active duty service members from Virginia including Staff Sgt. Henry, Sgt. 1st Class Jason Hanna, Master Sgt. Caleb Green and Sgt. Maj. Christal Rheams.
Voices of Service performed “Choke” on Tuesday, the eve of Sept. 11. Henry said the group chose that song to dedicate to the families of those who have died, specifically with the families of 9/11 victims.
“They’re waking up every year and thinking about how they’re not here,” he added. “They’re sitting at the dinner table thinking about how their loved one isn’t here… they’re walking down the hallway at home and seeing photos of them.”
Voices of Service is still in Los Angeles and is now focused on rehearsing for the final live show Sept. 17.
The group hasn’t picked out a song yet, but wants to choose one that reaches out to “everyone in America who is coping and dealing with stress and anxiety.”
“We want to be that light for them and give them hope,” Henry said.