At home with Linkin' Bridge
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) Tuesday night WAVE Country's Linkin' Bridge took to the America's Got Talent Stage and sang Willie Nelson's "You are Always On My Mind."
This group from the West End will no doubt be on the minds of many.
Judge Simon Cowell said "If I was watching the show I would pick up the phone and vote for you."
Judge Howie Mandel told the group "You guys are beautiful."
Although the judges did question their song choice. Viewers can cast votes for Linkin' Bridge until 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Before they left, I had a chance to hang out with Linkin' Bridge. Not at a fancy sound studio, but Shon China Lacy's one bedroom apartment in Smoketown.
Lacy cooks dinner for the guys of Linkin' Bridge, then they rehearse. We couldn't film that because of America's Got Talent restrictions.
We did watch the show where they sang "Free Bird." The judges loved it.
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It was group member Montre Davis who suggested the song. He sang it while serving time in prison for dealing drugs.
"That song to me is saying 'hey, I can break free of everything that's holding me back and fly," Davis said.
Davis said in prison he decided to turn his life around. He now works at First Choice Grocery Store in the West End. He never gave up on his dream of singing and wouldn't let his cousin Shon China Lacy give up either.
"Thanks to Montre helping me to remember to believe we achieved something that to some people would be unattainable," Lacy said.
The group said when you listen to them, you hear their life experiences and their passion.
Ekoe Alexanda never went to school for music. He taught himself about arranging songs. He decides which part the guys will sing.
"(Montre) the one that's going to croon you to death. He's going to come to you and soften your hear," Alexanda said.
Alexanda said that Lacy is the one who's "going to rattle you. Whatever's blocking your heart, he's going to rattle you help that heart get loose."
And then Big Rome Kimbrough "is going to knock it off."
Alexanda considers himself the phantom. "Whatever's needed. I'm like a utility." Alexanda makes sure everyone has an opportunity to shine.
Big Rome Kimbrough said it's his children who push him.
"It's a legacy to leave on for my children. And my children's children."
And perhaps in the process, this group from the West End of Louisville might unite people around the country.
"Linkin Bridge, the name, means bring it together," Kimbrough said. "Bring it together. And hopefully through our music we can do that."
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