Crossover Magic: Sons of Serendip’s Classical Twists
Learn more about the classical quartet's rise to fame and what they're doing now!
As an avid fan of America’s Got Talent, I’ve witnessed my share of amazing acts over the years from magician Mat Franco and ventriloquist/comedian Paul Zerdin to recently crowned winner, ventriloquist/comedian/singer Darci Lynne Farmer. I always enjoyed America’s Got Talent more than other reality competition shows because you saw things you wouldn't see anywhere else. People with the strangest, unique and mind-blowing talents would grace the stage and blow not just the judges’ minds, but also the viewers watching at home.
One of these acts I fondly look back on is classical quartet Sons of Serendip, or S.O.S. as they were sometimes called. The group consists of lead vocalist Micah Christian, pianist Cordaro Rodriguez, harpist Mason Morton and cellist Kendall Ramseur. The four men appeared on the show during the ninth season after meeting each other during graduate school at Boston University. They later formed the group upon completion of their studies. In a video package during the semifinals, they explained why they chose the name Sons of Serendip:
"Our name comes from an old Persian tale called 'The Three Princes of Serendip.' Three princes go on a journey and make discoveries by accident and we feel that this group came together by accident. If we all hadn't come to Boston University we wouldn't be a group right now" (Sons of Serendip Semifinal 1 video package).
During their audition of "Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane and cover of "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt during judgment week, they wowed the judges, audience and viewers alike. Unfortunately, due to so many acts performing you know they never show every act in its entirety; the group was one of the shortened pieces. I knew these men were good and liked their style, but I felt like I was missing out on something because of what was not seen on television.
That changed during the quarterfinals and semifinals when their renditions of “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak and “Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia caught my attention. I was blown away! Where some artists have theatrics, dancers and so on to draw attention to their performances, these guys let their instruments and voices do the work. Filled with passion and simplicity, they made each piece their very own, made you feel joy and gave you plenty of goosebumps. Ever since the show ended, I looked up their performances on YouTube when I felt down or needed to remember how art, in any form, can move one’s spirit.
They ended up placing fourth during the finale, which I was bummed about because I really wanted them to take the top spot. However, their season had numerous competition from magician Mat Franco who won it all (and who I had mentioned earlier as a standout act), acrobatic group AcroArmy and a variety of talented singers: Emily West, Quintavious Johnson and Miguel Dakota. Everyone that season was immensely talented and kept you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Things are more exciting that way! Despite their 4th place finish, I hoped the group would continue making music and sharing their gifts in whatever way they could with the rest of the world.
So what is the group doing now?
Well, they’re still performing and have made appearances at various charity events, embarked on national tours, collaborated with numerous orchestras and so much more! S.O.S. has also released three albums including their latest, Life + Love. A self-titled debut album came out in 2015 and later that year, they did a Christmas album called Christmas: Beyond the Lights. I would suggest subscribing to their YouTube Channel because there are some awesome videos they’ve shared including singing “Hallelujah” in tribute to Leonard Cohen after his passing last year, other song covers, a performance with the Plymouth, Massachusetts Philharmonic Orchestra and a music video for original song “Miss You Most.” They also made a triumphant return to the America’s Got Talent stage in 2016 for the show’s Holiday Spectacular where they collaborated with dance group The Silhouettes on “The Christmas Song.”
I feel, sometimes, really amazing artists are overshadowed by others that are more known in today’s music industry. But thanks to social media, music platforms like PledgeMusic and more, we are able to discover these artists and groups who have so much to give and just need people to check them out. Plus, being on a show like America’s Got Talent doesn’t hurt either.
If you get a chance, check out Sons of Serendip and catch a show when they come near you. You are in for quite a treat.