Perry's got talent — and The Texas Tenors. In addition to the Tenors, FMCA's 89th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase in Perry, Ga., in March 2014 will feature the music of Sarah Getto and the humor of Jeanne Robertson.
Jeanne Robertson, Tuesday, March 18
Jeanne Robertson is a professional speaker who specializes in hilarious humor based on her life experiences. Speaking to thousands of people annually, she utilizes her positively funny style to illustrate that a sense of humor is much more than a laughing matter. It is a strategy for success.
Other speakers might be as witty as Jeanne. Some might even be as tall. (Barefooted with her hair "mashed" down, she's 6'2" in her size 11B stocking feet.) But nowhere will you find a speaker so adept at turning personal experiences into funny material that does more than elicit laughter.
This Miss Congeniality winner in the Miss America Pageant, “Yearrrrrrrrrrrs ago,” quoting Jeanne, uses her down-home Southern drawl to leave her audiences laughing … and thinking about her message.
Jeanne's success as a humorous speaker has not gone unnoticed by her peers. She has been awarded every top honor in her profession. They like her back home, too. The NC Press Association named Jeanne 2001 North Carolinian of the Year.
You may have seen this Hall of Fame speaker being interviewed by CBS correspondent Morley Safer on "60 Minutes" … or watched one of the six humor DVDs she has produced in the last 12 years … or heard her daily on Sirius/XM Radio’s Family Comedy Channels … or seen her Youtube clips that have had more than 12.5 million hits.
But only if you've seen Jeanne in person at one of the thousands of speeches she has given over the past 48 years can you really appreciate why she stands at the top of her profession.
Jeanne Robertson is funny. Oh my, yes. She also knows that her job is far more than being funny. Her message is that a sense of humor is an attitude, an approach toward working with people. She believes that this humor attitude can be developed and improved, and she outlines how to do so while captivating audiences with funny, original stories.
Texas Tenors, Wednesday, March 19
More than 100 million people from around the world tuned in to NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2009 to see The Texas Tenors become the highest ranking vocal group in the history of the show.
From Alabama to Puccini, John Hagen, Marcus Collins and JC Fisher bring their unique blend of country, gospel, classical and Broadway music to the stage.
With breathtaking vocals, humor and cowboy charm, The Texas Tenors have traveled the globe performing more than 500 concerts in the last four years.The Tenors have collaborated with numerous symphonies including the Houston Symphony, Cleveland Pops, Kansas City Symphony, Austin Symphony, Phoenix Symphony and Prague Philharmonic.
John, Marcus and JC have been to more than 20 countries including a 24-city tour of the United Kingdom and in August 2013 will be touring China.
When not on tour, the Tenors can be found in several cities across the country for extended runs, including more than 60 concerts each fall at The Starlite Theatre in Branson, Mo., where they were named 2011 and 2012 Critic's Choice Group of the Year and Ensemble of the Year.
The Tenors’ debut album “Country Roots -- Classical Sound” has the distinction of being the only independent album to be number one on both the country and classical charts, according to CD Baby. They also released a DVD in 2012, “The Texas Tenors Live in Concert."
In the winter of 2013 The Texas Tenors will release their second album, “You Should Dream," featuring a 65-piece orchestra. The release of original coincides with the December 2013 airing of their first PBS special, "The Texas Tenors: You Should Dream Live."
Marcus Collins was born is a small town and began to sing at age 4. He learned how to sing by emulating his favorite radio artists like Garth Brooks and George Michael, before training classically in college.
Along with numerous talent shows, fairs and cruise ships, Collins has also performed in New York City with the cast of Hairspray, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and as Jinx in Forever Plaid.
Collins also has acted in more than 100 episodes of network television, 25 films, and numerous commercials. He brings a contemporary element to The Texas Tenors.
John Hagen has been described as “astonishing ... a superb tenor of deep musicality.” He made his Lincoln Center debut in New York City in Teatro Grattacielo’s mounting of Mascagni’s Gulglielmo Ratcliff. Hagen created three tenor roles in the world premier of The Lost Dauphane for Pamiro Opera, airing on PBS.
Hagen has performed an array of operatic roles ranging from Alfredo in La Traviata to the title role of Otello for Cleveland Opera on tour. His favorite Broadway roles include Billy Bigelow in Carousel and Che in Evita.
JC Fisher has entertained audiences around the world for the past 15 years. He has performed various roles including Rodolfo in La Boheme, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Henrick in A Little Night Music and even Miss America's duet partner at the 1997 Miss Kansas Pageant.
After college — he earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Wichita State University — Fisher traveled to Lucca, Italy. There, he sang in the Puccini festival under the direction of acclaimed Italian maestro Lorenzo Malfatti.
He then created a home base in Katy, Texas, before sailing the high seas aboard more than 75 cruise ships worldwide with his one-man show. This allowed Fisher to create a program with different genres of music and world-class arrangements, which eventually led to his idea of forming The Texas Tenors with his two best friends.
Sarah Getto, Thursday, March 20
Sarah Getto has performed at music shows, conventions, RV resorts and RV rallies across the United States. She is an avid RV owner herself and has traveled more than 50,000 miles during the last two years, entertaining tens of thousands of RV enthusiasts in 26 states.
Getto's show features music originally recorded by Anne Murray, Karen Carpenter, The Supremes, Captain and Tennille, Alison Krauss, and many other pop, country and gospel performers.
Getto, who was born blind and with a severe cleft palate, began teaching herself to play the piano at age 3 and the violin at 10. She also plays the guitar, bass and the autoharp. She started composing music in her early teens.
Getto was graduated “summa cum laude” in 2007 from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a degree in music education.
Getto writes music in many styles including country, pop, adult contemporary, classical and Christian. She also enjoys composing Instrumental sound tracks. Her musical highlights include performing with the Oakridge Boys for an audience of 30,000 and placing third in the 2006 Billboard Magazine World Songwriting Competition.
Getto also enjoys performing and recording Christmas music, producing the CDs herself. On her recordings, she plays and sings all of the instrument and vocal parts.