All of America now knows what Southern Middle Tennessee has known for a longtime: Zion Christian Academy has talent. Joseph O'Brien, a 2016 graduate, amazed judges recently on the "America's Got Talent" stage with his rendition of "Hello" by Lionel Richie.
Joseph first applied for AGT in August, about the same time he began his sophomore year at Boyce College in Louisville, KY where he is majoring in Worship and Pastoral studies. Joseph dreams of becoming a Christian music artist; experience and a following are essential in getting noticed by a music label. He chose "America's Got Talent" to get the necessary exposure.
Joseph, a standout in the school musicals and chapel worship leader, credits Zion for many of his accomplishments. "Zion prepared me very well for college by helping me establish a proper work ethic. Because it challenged me academically, I maintained a 3.92 GPA during my first two years of college." This came while Joseph was taking a strenuous course load and dealing with "America's Got Talent" tryouts. "Zion prepared me for AGT by giving me opportunities to perform and sing. I was in theatre for all four years of high school, led chapel worship for two years, and sang in the choir for a semester."
Most importantly, Joseph realizes that God has given him his talents, and he does not take personal credit for any of his success. "I am a child of God, not a child of AGT."
Although Joseph's audition in front of 1700 at the Pasadena Convention Center came as he was recovering from an illness, he received accolades from all four judges. We can't wait to cheer him on during the second round of competition beginning on July 17.