LDS musician Josh Wright moves on to round two on 'America's Got Talent'

Recommended by Megan Christensen, Deseret News

Published: Thu, July 3, 2014, 9:10 a.m. MDT

Josh Wright, a concert pianist and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, auditioned for "America's Got Talent" and made it through to the next round.

Wright's audition was featured on the show Tuesday, showing the pianist's fast-paced skill while paint oozed out of the keys and flames burst from the instrument's belly.

The judges called him "fantastic," and they all agreed to send him to the next round.

"Thank u all 4 your kindness with tuning in for my America's Got Talent audition," Wright posted on Twitter. "Fun that they showed it tonight!"

Wright received his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Utah, and is attending the University of Michigan for his doctor in musical art degree, according to his website. His debut CD reached No. 1 on Billboard's "Classical Traditional" chart in 2011, and he performed at Carnegie Hall in January of this year.

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Megan Marsden Christensen writes for the Faith and Family sections. She recently graduated from BYU-Idaho with a bachelor's degree in communication.

1. Kjirstin Youngberg
Mapleton, UT,
July 4, 2014

Too bad one needs a gimmick to coerce American audiences into watching a classical performance. We wish him luck, and pray he doesn't have to resort to stripping in order to "step it up" in his final round, like the last opera singer.

2. sg
newhall, CA,
July 7, 2014

cheesy. He didn't make me want to turn to the classics. I thought the performance was way over the top. A classical pianist trying to be hip. For me, it didn't work, but hey maybe he'll get through to the next round. I don't think I'd want to pay to listen to him in concert in Vegas....boring.