Louisville goes crazy for Linkin' Bridge

Louisville goes crazy for Linkin' Bridge

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville's own Linkin' Bridge brought down the house on Tuesday in WAVE Country. Family, friends, and many fans all gathered at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage to see the four men from the West End of Louisville perform on the stage of America's Got Talent in the semifinals.
The front row was reserved for the family members of Montre Davis, Ekoe Alexanda, Shon China Lacy and Big Rome Kimbrough. 

"I had to hold back the tears," said Annette Haley, Montre Davis' mother. "Because I was really happy."

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"I feel teary eyed. I'm excited, I really am," said Alexanda's father Willie Buckner.

His wife Debra Buckner said, "I thought it was awesome. Awesome."
Shon China Lacy delivered the first notes of the song "7 years." His Mother watched with pride. 

"I just loved it. I was on every note, like don't mess up. Do like I taught you," Pam Russell, China's mother, said with a laugh.
Big Rome Kimbrough's parents were there with Rome's children. His wife is in Los Angeles with him. 

"God is great, great, great, great," said Ralph Kimbrough, Big Rome's Dad.
"He was better than good," Big Rome's daughter Catherine said with a smile.

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As for Big Rome's son Little Rome, he misses his dad and hopes to see him soon. The group has been in Hollywood, California since their performance two weeks ago.
Many of the people at the watch party had grown up with some of the members and said they deserve their newfound fame because they are such nice, hard-working people.
"It is amazing. And I love all the publicity they are getting. They deserve it because they work so hard," said Renita Allen, who knows Montre and China.
Their manager, Tom Mabe, said he felt like crying watching them.

"They are from Louisville, kicking butt, to the top," he said.
Tuesday's watch party was hosted by WAVE 3 News, the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, Fund for the Arts, the Mayor's Office and 93.1 The Beat. 
Prior to their performance, those at the watch party got to see a special welcome from the guys of Linkin' Bridge that was recorded in California. They thanked everyone for all the love and reminded people to vote.
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