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Local man brings people together through song
Remember those lost at Pearl Harbor during a patriotic sing-along at 6 p.m. Friday at Sultana High School, 17311 Sultana St.
HESPERIA • While waiting in line to audition for NBC's prime-time show America's Got Talent, Matthew Woods used his charisma to get the long line of aspiring stars to sing together in prefect harmony, catching the eyes — and ears — of the production staff.
Woods was told that if he could rally enough people together to sing, he could send in video footage and have a chance to be featured on the show, which includes a $1 million prize and a chance to headline a show in Las Vegas. Auditions kicked off in Los Angeles for the shows eighth season, which will be premiering sometime in early 2013.
But Woods, a musician and a father of two Sultana High School teens, isn’t doing it for the fame or the money.
“Music is a way to bring people together,” Woods said. “There is lot of division in our country and if we can sing together its a really cool thing.”
Woods is inviting the public to join him at 6 p.m. Friday at Sultana High School’s Powder Puff football game and sing the National Anthem and “The Star-Spangled Banner” in remembrance of those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
“The way I encourage people to sing is to give them a reason — that’s my talent,” Woods said. “I believe everybody can sing even though they don’t think they can. It’s an incredible thing when you hear that many people singing together.”
Woods anticipates that 4,000 people can fit comfortably in Sultana’s football stadium, and that guests should sit as close to the 50 yard line as possible. Although copies of “The Star-Spangled Banner” will be provided courtesy of Victor Valley College, Woods is still looking for a volunteer who is able to video record and splice the footage to submit to the judges panel, which includes star judges like Howie Mandel and Howard Stern. For more information, contact Woods at (760) 954-0275.