20 of the Best Music Acts of America’s Got Talent (updated for 2020)

Best Music Acts of America's Got Talent

Written by Tim Grable

March 20, 2018

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America’s Got Talent (AGT) is one of the most popular talent shows on the planet. It features singers, dancers, comedians, magicians, and other performers who are all competing for the top prize.

Ever since its debut, America’s Got Talent has been on a constant rise, managing to up the quality of the show with each passing year.

NBC has its merit, but the ones who truly made the show stand out were the participants and their incredible talents.

Over the years, there have been numerous music acts which have performed on the show, many of them remaining in history.   Music touches the hearts of audiences, and that’s one of the reasons why, as an event organizer, you should always prioritize live music over the recorded one.

In today’s post, we will talk about seventeen of the best musical acts, as seen on America’s Got Talent. Perhaps this article can also inspire you when it comes to choosing the entertainment act for your next event.  Music has the power not only to entertain but also reach people at an emotional level.  What’s more, a musical act can help bring people together; it’s is dynamic, exciting and versatile.

Best Music Acts of America's Got Talent

Top Music Acts of America’s Got Talent

1. Kodi Lee

Kodi Lee is a 22-year old musical prodigy with an extraordinary ability to faithfully recall songs he has heard, even if he did it once. He has a dream to become a rock star and to have his music heard by thousands of people.

Behind his determination is a very inspirational story.   Kodi was born with a severe condition which has rendered him blind from an early age, and later on, he was diagnosed with autism. Against these kinds of odds, Kodi still pulled through and managed to develop himself as a great musician.

2. Jackie Evancho

Jackie Evancho was only ten years old when she first dazzled American television audiences with her incredible opera singing on America’s Got Talent. Soon after her remarkable debut, she became a worldwide sensation – winning the hearts of people from all over the world.

Now, Jackie is finding herself – both as a creative artist and a young woman. With the release of her long-awaited album Two Hearts, it’s safe to say Jackie is reaching a new level of maturity as a singer while continuing her meteoric rise.

Watch Jackie perform a breathtaking rendition of Ave Maria in the video below:

3. Kechi Okwuchi

Kechi Okwuchi is a singer, a motivational speaker, and an inspiration. Her story as a plane crash survivor is one of unshakeable faith, survival, and hope in the midst of chaos.

It’s her story combined with her stunning vocal abilities which have brought the audience, and the judges on America’s Got Talent to their feet. The talent show provided Kechi with a fantastic platform to share her voice with the world and discover herself as an artist.

Kechi was also one of the audience’s favorite contestants and made it all the way into the finals of the show.

Here’s Kechi singing an inspirational cover of “By the Grace of God” by Katy Perry on America’s Got Talent:

4. Voices of Service

Voices of Service are a musical group comprised entirely of veterans and active military personnel whom all share a similar passion for music. The group is part of a larger organization known as Center for American Military Music Opportunities or CAMMO for short.

This organization specializes in finding talent within the ranks of the military to entertain government agencies, military bases, and corporate meetings.

Voices of Service is one of the music acts which stands out for their amazing vocal performances. They have even gone as far as to participate in America’s Got Talent, where they touched the audiences’ heart with their compelling performance.  It is easy to see why they are one of the best music acts from AGT Season 14.

5. Recycled Percussion

Recycled Percussion is a band which plays junk rock music, and it was formed in 1995 by Justin Spencer.

In 2009, they were finalists on AGT, and since then they became a national phenomenon, as their popularity increased week after week.

Until now, they have done approximately 5,000 shows and over 600 corporate events spanning over 15 countries. Moreover, the band also had guest appearances on the Last Call with Carson Daly, The Today Show; China’s Got Talent and the Latin Grammy’s.

Six times in a row they were voted National Act of the Year, which got them the worldwide recognition they deserve.

The band’s live performances are remarkable and are formed by three talented drummers and one DJ.

The band members use plastic buckets, huge ladders, mortar casings and giant 50-gallon containers to put on an unforgettable show. The DJ keeps the audience on their feet by including a mind-blowing beatbox session, which is always backed up by the power-driven drumming.

So, if you are looking for a unique musical act for your next event, Recycled Percussion is a good choice.

You can see in the video below one of their energetic performances and why they are one of the Best Music Acts of America’s Got Talent.

6. Emanne Beasha

Emanne is a 11-year old American/Jordanian opera singer. Yes, you read that right, she is 10 years old but can sing up to par with professional opera singers.

Her incredible voice has won her numerous awards, allowing her to win the Arabs Got Talent competition and bringing her a Golden Buzzer from judge Jay Leno, on America’s Got Talent Season 14.

Her vocals are an absolute pleasure to hear, and listeners will be moved to tears by her incredible performance.

7. Evie Clair

At the age of 14, Evie Clair was a finalist on America’s Got Talent season 12. She had one of the most inspiring performances ever seen on the show as she dedicated all of them to her father who battled with colon cancer.

Evie is an extremely talented singer and got her start in music very early, at only 8 years old. By the age of 12, she had already released two original pop songs.

The beauty of her voice, her tone, pitch, style, and expression can fascinate all types of audiences.

You can watch the video below her fantastic performance on AGT.

8. Cami Bradley

Cami Bradley is a singer and pianist. She started her career in music at adulthood, and she even released a full-length album in 2010.

Every week, Cami’s singing at her church for nearly 2,000 people. Even though for the church she writes and plays religious music, she also creates music driven by emotions and storytelling.

Her songs usually match her joyful disposition, but she can also go into more emotional songs, which can remind you of Adele, or the early days of Alicia Keys and Coldplay.

Cami admits that Coldplay is a band which influenced the music she created which is extremely personal and focused on stories.

You can watch below a cover she performed on America’s Got Talent.

9. Luke Islam

Luke Islam is a singer who is highly appreciated for his amazing vocal talent. His passion for music came at a very early age, and he started by playing small shows on Broadway. You won’t believe when we’ll tell you he’s just 12 years old.

What propelled him into mainstream attention was his soulful singing during the auditions on America’s Got Talent. He came to be one of the most appreciated music acts; his performance was so enveloping judge Julianne Hough awarded him the Golden Buzzer.

https://youtu.be/H3MaA6L1qNk

10. Sal Valentinetti

  • Jazz singing act
  • Seen on America’s Got Talent (season 11, finalist) and America’s Got Talent: The Champions.

Born on August 26, 1995, Sal Valentinetti is an Italian-American crooner best known for his remarkable vocals, big personality and for having a great heart.

Influenced by his grandmother, Sal grew up falling in love with the musical genius of the classic crooner sounds of Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, and Frank Sinatra.

As a teenager, Sal realized he not only loved listening to this type of music, but he could also sing it. Soon enough, he started performing Frank Sinatra tribute acts and became known as “Sal the Voice.”

When his grandmother died, her music was all Valentinetti had to remember her by. Every time he sings the lyrics to a song he used to listen to with his grandmother, it’s like being with her again.

It’s one of the things which make his performances so remarkably beautiful, as noticed by the judges on America’s Got Talent. After participating in the competition, Sal used his time in the spotlight to build a singing career and has been touring all over the nation, selling out shows.

Watch Sal perform on stage at America’s Got Talent: The Champions and you’ll understand precisely why his shows are selling out:

https://youtu.be/iVjZ-8sESvQ

11. Marcin Patrzalek

Marcin is a Polish singer and music producer who is known for his distinctive guitar playing style. He combines percussive fingerstyle, a technique which involves pinching the guitar chords rather than strumming, with electronic music and orchestra.

The way he composes his songs is one thing, but his talent truly lies in his passionate guitar playing. Howie Mandel has said that Marcin didn’t play the guitar, he mastered it.

12. Christian Guardino

Christian is a young singer with an incredibly touching life story. The Long Island, New York teen, was blind for most of his life until he regained his sight with the help of gene therapy.

His story combined with his outstanding vocal talent makes the ideal combination which will leave the crowd touched beyond words.

Christian’s immense talent has taken him on the 12th season of America’s Got Talent, where he impressed the audience and judges, exceeding everyone’s expectations.

His vocal chops have earned him a Golden Buzzer from judge Howie Mandel, putting his act among the few musical performances to achieve this honor.

However, why not see the moment for yourself? Check out this video to see the entire performance:

13. Laura Bretan

When Laura Bretan stepped onto America’s Got Talent stage, and everyone found out she was a singer, nothing would have prepared the audience for what they were about to witness.

As soon as she started singing, her opera voice took over the entire room and created a transportive experience. The reason for this strong impact was that Laura’s voice would rather pertain to a seasoned opera singer, rather than to a teenage girl who’s just getting the hang of opera singing.

The impression was so strong that judge Mel B immediately pressed the golden buzzer. So Laura continued to deliver only golden buzzer-worthy performances all through to her top 10 finish. Here’s her memorable O Mio Babbino Caro rendition:

14. Linkin’ Bridge

Another top 10 act, Linkin’ Bridge is a band whose members are called Big Rome, Montre Davis, Shon China Lacy and Ekoe Alexanda.

All of them are Louisville natives and the one feature setting them apart is their camaraderie which seems to be reflected by the warm harmonies their voices create.

Plus, another factor they impress with is the unabridged joy with which they sing. If one looked at them during a performance, they would say Linkin’ Bridge is a bunch of talented people whose joy and passion for singing have not changed one bit.

15. Angelina Green

Here you have another young woman who impressed judge Heidi Klum and thus got a golden buzzer in season 12 of America’s Got Talent.

Aside from the impressive vocal control for her age, Angelina inspired the audience with the poise, maturity, and emotion of her artistry.

She is also a well-rounded performer who impresses with ukulele, piano, and guitar playing abilities, as well as acting, dancing and – if these were not enough – songwriter skills.

16. Tim Hockenberry

We are kicking off the musical list in style with this versatile vocalist who brings a soulful vibe to the stage.

Tim Hockenberry , 4 Surprising Musical Acts Which Everyone Will Love

Tim’s innate ability to perform manifested as soon as he started to sing in a choir, then learning to master the trombone and also while teaching himself to play the piano. These early signs of Tim’s performative track record can partly explain his success on America’s Got Talent when, in 2012, Tim advanced through to the semifinals.

Besides AGT, Tim also made an impression while:

  • Headlining festivals like Clearwater Jazz Festival or the Mill Valley Arts Festival.
  • Sharing the stage with the likes of Steve Miller or Robert Cray.
  • Touring with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

17. Bria Kelly

Bria Kelly never planned on auditioning for “The Voice,” but when she was accepted, the Christian singer from Smithfield made it to the Top 10. Though she lacked a record deal, she suffered not for fans. Kelly and her standout band currently perform country and bluesy music at local concert halls, outdoor auditoriums in Southwestern USA.

18. Michael Grimm

America’s Got Talent has always been a platform that promotes the idea that talent comes first. It is a place where artists don’t need props and elaborate stage antics to prove themselves.

Michael Grimm is one such example. He is similar to the conventional “guy and his guitar” trope but infused with a lot of passion and brilliant skill.

He stepped on the AGT stage full of confidence and determined to make history. And he did, as, throughout the competition, he made waves by performing covers of popular songs, but with a very soulful twist to them.

19. Grace VanderWaal

Viewers of the recent seasons of America’s Got Talent might remember Grace VanderWaal; she was the 12-year-old who shook the entire show with her incredible vocal chops and sweet guitar playing.
Her ascension throughout the phases was a breeze and was unanimously voted as the public’s favorite contestant. Her popularity exceeded the ATG community, as videos of her performances started getting traction on social media.

One video on Youtube even went viral and exceeded 100 million views, winning her more adoring fans and helping her build a promising career showing why she is one of the best music acts ever to be on the show.

20. Kevin Skinner

Kevin Skinner is a country musician who has made his debut on America’s Got Talent during the show’s 4th season. And he dominated the stage throughout all the phases of the competition.

Even during the auditions, he showcased his amazing potential by performing a cover of “If Tomorrow Never Comes” by Garth Brooks. Since his first appearance, he only improved his performance, bring more passion and talent to the stage.

The judges appreciated his consistency and noted he could be among the best acts which have been on the show.

Hire the Best Music Acts for Your Events

If you want to provide your guests with an exquisite musical experience, then be sure to offer them something truly unique.

AGT artists are cut from another cloth – they project a special kind of vibe around them, and this is especially noticeable in the case of singers.

Music is without a doubt an integral part of organizing a successful event, and you shouldn’t miss out on the advantages of getting the best musicians out there.

No matter what type of event you are organizing, music can be the secret ingredient which helps you create the right atmosphere and an overall good vibe.

Do you want to create an unforgettable, enthralling atmosphere at your events, make sure you do not lose any opportunity of knowing which former AGT musicians are available? 

If you are interested in hiring entertainers from multiple areas of the industry, then we can help you get in touch with some of the best in the game. At the Grable Group, we specialize in providing you with the best entertainment solutions for your event.

Contact us at (615) 283-0039 if you want to book one of these artists for your next event. 

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