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Throughout their run on America’s Got Talent, Kentucky-based a cappella quartet Linkin Bridge has stunned the judges and viewers with their performances. Although each of the members has a “day job,” they’ve always dreamed of having a career in the music industry.
After moving into the quarterfinals, Linkin Bridge knew that had to step up their game to keep their spot in the competition, and they did just that. For their performance, they decided to pull out a song that everyone knows and loves, “Always on My Mind.”
“Always on My Mind” has a long history that few knew about. The song was originally recorded by soul singer Gwen McCrae, and Brenda Lee also recorded it in 1972. But the song didn’t really gain popularity until Elvis Presley released his version, which was a Top 20 hit.
However, it was country music legend Willie Nelson who experienced the highest level of success with the song. He ended up winning a Grammy Award for his version in 1982, which was a number one hit on the country charts.
Linkin Bridge’s version of “Always on My Mind” doesn’t sound like any other that’s been done before, which is what makes it so remarkable. Members of the group would take turns singing soaring solos, while the others would harmonize with the person singing the lead.
Just when those watching thought the performance couldn’t get any better, one of the members hit a powerful, chill-inducing note at the end. It was that note that impressed judge Simon Cowell, and it’s a big deal when you’re able to leave Simon feeling impressed.
Judge Howie Mandel also praised the performance, saying, “You guys are beautiful.” We think “beautiful” is an understatement…this performance was breathtaking. See for yourself in the video below.
Hats off to Linkin Bridge for doing such a great job with this classic song!