“America’s Got Talent” finalists Linkin’ Bridge, performed not once, but twice Tuesday, February 21, in Bradford Auditorium at Kentucky State University (KSU). Montre Davis, Big Rome Kimbrough, Shon China Lacy, and Ekoe Alexanda, who all originate from Louisville, Kentucky, immediately brought good vibes to campus with their words of wisdom, infectious humor, and A cappella harmonies. They ensured that the audience left inspired whether it was to “always follow your dreams” and “never judge a book by its cover.”
The first performance was at a 10 a.m. convocation where Interim President Dr. Aaron Thompson welcomed Frankfort High School, Franklin County High School, Western Hills High School, and GEAR UP Kentucky. Linkin’ Bridge opened their interactive performance with a cover of “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, and they invited high school students who could sing to join them. The concert flowed with inspirational music and their stories of humble beginnings.
After the morning concert, the group also participated in an open forum with KSU students who are interested in music, giving them an opportunity to look deeper into the hard work behind the music industry. The forum was led by led by Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Caroline Gibson. Members of Linkin’ Bridge emphasized to students that “staying humble is one of the most important things.”
In an interview conducted after their first performance, Linkin’ Bridge talked about their motivation to sing, and what inspired them to try out for “America’s Got Talent.”
“I saw that that show gave people a chance to fulfill their dreams, so even if you didn’t win you could really accomplish something,” said Montre Davis.
Fans can expect to hear Linkin’ Bridge’s new album, which will be released sometime this summer.
Later in the evening, there was a two-hour concert at 7 p.m., open to the Frankfort and campus community with performances by the KSU Concert Choir and Franklin County Step Team. KSU held a reception after the concert for fans to meet and greet the singing sensations and receive signed autographed posters.
— Shantel Booth