Portland singer earns Golden Buzzer on ‘America’s Got Talent’

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Jimmie Herrod is the second Portland singer in as many weeks to impress the judges, incomes the Golden Buzzer to advance straight to the AGT dwell present rounds.

PORTLAND, Oregon — Portland singer Jimmie Herrod made his debut on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” Tuesday evening. He impressed the judges together with his rendition of “Tomorrow” from the musical “Annie.”

“It was quite a big moment and one of the first times I’d held a microphone in quite a few months,” Herrod mentioned of the efficiency, pre-recorded in March.

Before Herrod started singing, decide Simon Cowell advised he really sing a unique track than “Tomorrow,” sharing his dislike for the tune.

“By the time it was over, it seemed like [Cowell’s] opinion had changed completely on that,” mentioned Herrod. 

Range. For. DAYS. Jimmie Herrod lit up the AGT stage and earned Sofia Vergara’s Golden Buzzer! ✨

Posted by KGW-TV on Wednesday, June 23, 2021

“Wow, wow, wow!” mentioned Cowell, after Herrod’s efficiency. “It’s not my worst song anymore!”

Herrod made a very good impression on movie star decide Sofia Vergara. She hit the “Golden Buzzer” for Herrod, routinely sending him to the AGT dwell present rounds taking place later this summer time. Each decide can solely do that when throughout auditions.

“I had to,” Vergara advised Herrod. “You deserve it.”

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— America’s Got Talent (@AGT) June 23, 2021

Herrod mentioned Vergara’s help blew him away.

“You realize in that moment, I actually have a chance,“ said Herrod. “It gives me so much motivation to really want to give my all, which is the whole reason I perform: to express myself and share my heart with the audience through song.”

Herrod developed his ardour for music rising up in Tacoma, Wash. He went to school in Seattle and earned a grasp’s diploma in jazz research at Portland State University. 

For the previous few years, Herrod has been singing with Portland band Pink Martini. Coincidentally, fellow Pink Martini singer Storm Large can be competing on AGT this season. Large made it via spherical one final week.

“We were both shocked to learn we were both on the show, but we’re equally both super excited to support each other through the process and you know, hopefully run into each other on set!”

Like the lyrics in Herrod’s chosen track, the solar will come out tomorrow; however on Tuesday evening, a star was born.

“No matter what happens,” mentioned Herrod, “I’m so lucky to have Portland to return to.”

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