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A cappella quartet featuring Williamsburg man ranks 5th on America’s Got Talent

Williamsburg resident Ron Henry (far right) and three other active duty and retired military members -- together comprising a cappella group Voices of Service -- are in the running to win this year’s America’s Got Talent. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Trae Patton/NBC)
Williamsburg resident Ron Henry (far right) and three other active duty and retired military members — together comprising a cappella group Voices of Service. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Trae Patton/NBC)

While Voices of Service may not have won the final round of America’s Got Talent, the veteran and active service quartet wrapped up their final night on the show with a performance featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.

The votes are in, and Voices of Service ranked fifth in this year’s America’s Got Talent show.

The group includes Williamsburg retired Army Staff Sgt. Ron Henry, Sgt. Maj. Christal Rheams and Sgt. 1st Class Jason Hanna, who all sang “Some Gave All” with Billy Ray Cyrus.

“We are living proof that dreams do come true,” Henry said from Los Angeles Thursday morning. “We want to say that we will continue to be the voice for those who are silent … and coping through the challenges in life.”

The winner of this year’s show is Kodi Lee, a blind musician who has autism and is a self-declared “musical prodigious savant,” according to his Twitter profile. Lee performed “You Are The Reason” in a duet with Leona Lewis.

Public voting was open from 7 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday for the show’s 2019 winner.

When fifth place was announced, host Terry Crews asked the group what being on America’s Got Talent meant to them.

“It’s meant everything,” Rheams said, adding they were thankful for the opportunity to be on the show.

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“You won, you won our hearts, you won the honor and the minds of everyone who serves this country,” said Howie Mandel, one of the judges. “… Thank you so much for gracing our stage.”

Henry said the quartet achieved its goal of spreading its message of support on America’s Got Talent.

“We just feel like music is that global gateway,” Henry added.

Henry said the group will soon travel home to Virginia to rest and spend time with family, as they have been away in Los Angeles for nearly a month.

Moving forward, the group will continue to travel around the country to play music and “spread the message” of support for caregivers, veterans, first responders and others, Henry said. If the group chooses to, they could also record an album.

“We have gained a family and that was therapy for us,” Henry said of the other contestants, congratulating Kodi Lee. “We plan to get together with some of them and do music. The future is bright.”

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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