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Military spouse on 'America's Got Talent'
The American Military Spouses Choir, including Stephanie Price, performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York City during America's Got Talent. The Group made it to the semi-final round of the show. (Courtesy photo)
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Military spouses on 'America's Got Talent'

Posted 10/9/2013   Updated 10/11/2013 Email story   Print story


by Staff Sgt. Maria Bowman
375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

10/9/2013 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- When Stephanie Price, 375th Air Mobility Wing vice commander's wife, joined the singing group, American Military Spouses Choir, she had no idea that her decision would land her on the national talent show "America's Got Talent."

"The group was formed back in May 2012 by Center for American Military Music Opportunities to do a one-night performance with David Foster and friends at the Kennedy Center," she said. "A song was written for us to sing called, 'The Promise That We Make.' We sang it onstage with Chaka Khan and Jewel."

This performance was the beginning of her journey to performing on "America's Got Talent."

"David Foster was so impressed with our performance, we were able to record this song," she said. "Hopefully, that song will be released soon. It was a few days away from being released when we got the word about America's Got Talent, so they didn't release it."

After their Kennedy Center performance, the choir went on to audition for America's Got Talent, which is a reality show featuring singers, dancers, comedians and other performers.

"We auditioned in Chicago," Price said. "We had our first rehearsal on the night we arrived--it was the first time we all got together and sang the song. Then we auditioned the next day. It was great to see the audience's and the judges' reaction and being told we were moving on to Las Vegas."

Of the 50 singers in the choir, America's Got Talent brought out seven singers to Las Vegas, so Stephanie wasn't required to go to that audition.

"Some of the talent groups had to perform in Las Vegas, while others were told they didn't have to audition again. Fortunately, we didn't have to perform, so we got to go straight through to New York City to sing at the Radio City Music Hall."

Stephanie said after they arrived in New York the group went through singing, staging and choreography rehearsals.

"We did a dress rehearsal, and then we had our performance that evening for the quarter finals," she said. "That was really cool, because when we came out, the audience was chanting 'USA! USA!' It was very special."

Following their performance that night, they received enough votes from fans across the U.S. to continue to the semi-finals, which ended up being their last round--they did not receive enough votes to make it to the final round.

Stephanie's husband, Col. John Price, said he was proud of her accomplishments in this singing group.

"She is very talented and it was great to see her talent showcased along with all of the other spouses on a national stage," John said. "Stephanie has been singing as long as I have known her, so it was no surprise. However, she has typically been part of formal singing groups. Shifting from classical Latin pieces accompanying a symphony performance to singing Top 40 on TV was definitely a new twist."

Even though the American Military Spouses Choir didn't win this competition, Stephanie said she plans to continue singing whenever it is requested.

"This is not the end of our group--it's a stepping stone," she said. "The long-term goal is to be able to have a group of spouses at each base to be able to pull from when there are regional requests. There are so many spouses out there who enjoy singing."

America's Got Talent is viewed by millions of audience members. Singing with the American Military Spouses Choir provided Stephanie a chance to put a spotlight on the talents and sacrifices of military spouses.

"What made this experience so special to me was being able to do what I love, which is singing, on a national stage," she said. "It brought attention to military families and spouses."

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