Beverly part of choir competing on TV show

Published: Monday, August 26, 2013 at 11:08 AM.

The top prize in the TV show contest is $1 million, and the group is getting closer and closer. They are in the semifinals, and Jennie Beverly is just waiting for word when she will have to return to New York for the next level of competition.

She is one of three Eastern North Carolina military wives in the 37-member choir. Also members are Ashley Heaton, wife of Marine Cpl. Josh Heaton from Camp Lejeune, and Laurie Massie, wife of Navy Lt. Cmdr. Marc Massie, chaplain at New River.

Jennie Beverly said she was first invited to join the choir in May of 2012, when she got the opportunity to sing at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

“It was originally supposed to be a one-time thing, but they saw that we were awesome wives and they decided to move on with it to keep us together, which was surprising because we weren’t expecting it at all,” she said. “We were just amazed that we got to perform at the Kennedy Center.”

Beverly said that when the group finally got the chance to sing at their audition for the television show, it was a powerful version of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” that brought down the house.

“It was amazing. It was like all of our dreams came true right then and there to be able to lift everyone’s spirits with our voices and to let people know that we had voices too,” she said. “It was emotional. It’s very hard to keep it together, but it happens so quickly that you really don’t have time to think about that moment. That 90 seconds goes by just like that. One minute we’re starting the song and the next minute it’s over.”

The four judges advanced the group, which next performed the hit song “Hero” at Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 7.

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