‘America’s Got Talent’ Singer Robert Finley Hits High Notes of Faith

Robert Finley, a member of New Hopewell Baptist Church in Bernice, La., advanced through two rounds of the America’s Got Talent television competition to the quarter-final round later this month. Screen capture from NBC

PINEVILLE, La. (BP) — “America’s Got Talent” contestant Robert Finley paid a visit to the Zion Hill Church Family on Sunday, (Aug. 4) to share a simple, yet profound musical message of hope.

“Hold onto God’s unchanging hand,” Finley said in between songs at the church in Pineville, La. “Keep your faith. Good things come to those who wait, if you wait upon the Lord.”

Finley, who is a bluesman from Bernice, La., first caught the attention of the nation July 9 when he received a standing ovation during his audition on America’s Got Talent, a television show that features acts who advance through several rounds with hopes of winning a million dollar prize and a guaranteed show in Las Vegas.

Finley advanced through another preliminary round July 23 to the live performance quarter-final round later this month in Hollywood, Calif. The air date has not been announced.

According to a biography on his website, Finley joined the armed forces as a teenager and, after working as a helicopter technician, used his musical talents to lead an Army band that toured Europe. After he completed his military service, Finley returned to the United States to work as a carpenter.

Four years ago, Finley was forced to retire from carpentry work because he was slowly losing his eyesight. At that point, Finley became more in tune with his music and released two albums.

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Source: Baptist Press