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In the Studio with AGT™’s Linkin’ Bridge: Meet the Men Behind the Music

You might know them from their viral Christmas caroling video that got 4.8 million hits.

You might even know them from their jaw-dropping audition on Season 11 of America’s Got Talent™ (where they finished as a Top 10 Finalist!).

But, in this podcast episode, you’ll get to know Linkin’ Bridge as four aspiring dreamers hailing from Louisville, Kentucky.

I had the pleasure of hosting Ekoe Alexanda, Rome “Big Rome” Kimbrough, Shon “China” Lacy, and Montre Davis in the studio, the four sultry-sounding men that make up the nationwide sensation known as Linkin’ Bridge.

Listen now to this exclusive podcast interview with the rock-star a capella group as they discuss their rise to viral fame and the message they bring to the table (and–if they have it their way–to the whole world.)

In this episode, here’s what we discuss:

Linkin’ Bridge strives to “inspire unity in a world that is divided by social and cultural differences.” In this episode, you’ll learn more about the silky-voiced quartet and about:

  • The inside story behind their viral rise to fame—and how it almost didn’t come to be
  • The importance of challenging assumptions, biases, and stereotypes
  • What it takes to make it big and achieve your dreams
  • What Linkin’ Bridge is all about at the heart of it all

4 Messages Linkin’ Bridge Wants You to Hear

Break down negativity with positivity.

Lacy: Being the color that we are, in the news and media, it’s always depicted as far as us being negative. Like [Kimbrough] said, [it’s] fighting or it’s always something that has to do with drugs or violence. So for a message of peace and positivity to come across, it was overwhelming. I think people gravitated towards that and that’s what people are really desiring right now.

It’s all about the unity.

Alexanda: It’s all about like we’ve been saying from the beginning: breaking down the barriers. And not coupling certain groups of people into a style of singing or a mode of singing . . . That’s why we’ve taken on the task of taking songs that have been typically sung by Caucasian or Anglo-Saxon people and just transformed them to make them more tasteful for other cultures, as well. That way, the cultures we got them from can enjoy them, as well as the cultures we come from can enjoy them. So, it kind of links the gap, minimizes the gap between those two worlds.

Everybody deserves respect.

Kimbrough: It’s a respect thing, man. Give me an opportunity. Give me an opportunity to prove whether or not to prove I’m a jerk or whatever the case may be.

Alexanda: You never know how valuable somebody is until they get a chance to show you.

You can do anything with perseverance.

Davis: Knowledge is king. You have to know where you are with your talent . . . As long as you persevere and you practice, practice, practice—you know, that old saying, “Practice makes perfect,” is true. If you don’t practice, you don’t get better . . . It’s just step by step, and it’s one step at a time, one day at a time. If you work on something hard enough, you can do it.

Linkin’ Bridge in the studio with Dr. David Carter for a CLU Live podcast episode.

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Best moments from this episode:

  • “I’m supposed to be street. No one even knows that I used to teach. I taught music for like nine years . . . The whole time, I’m trying to be an astronaut! Because of my cousin Montre, instead of trying to go to the stars, I end up trying to be a star!”
  • “Being totally honest: First of all, you have to be good at something. Maybe even mediocracy.  But you have to be decent! I can’t sit up here and say, ‘Man, dream, man, and keep pushing forward. You can do it,’ and there’s no foundation whatsoever.”
  • “Each one of us individually has prayed in the past . . . We’ve prayed for years and years and just because God didn’t answer us when we wanted him to answer us, I believe he answered us all at the right time.”
  • “For the young ones: take risks. All of this practice and all of this doing and preparing, it really don’t mean nothing if you’re not gonna take the risk and go into those avenues or go into those places that you need to be seen in.”

Get familiar with Linkin’ Bridge:

Linkin’ Bridge is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and you can even watch them LIVE at our annual fundraiser and celebration on November 3rd.

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David Carter

David Carter

Dr. Carter is an executive trainer, professional speaker, and best-selling author. An experienced educator for several institutions, businesses, and non-profit organizations, he has also served in the United States Air Force as a combat engineer, as a Kansas police officer, and as an education technician for the National Park Service. He holds a doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Change from Benedictine University, and currently serves as Claremont Lincoln University’s Dean of the Ethical Leadership program.

Dr. Carter has given two TEDx talks about leadership: The Lesser Seat (2015) and How Old Are You? (2016), in addition to establishing the Laurie Marie Foundation—a non-profit devoted to developing student leaders and providing scholarships. His previous work has appeared on multiple news and media outlets and, most recently, C-SPAN’s Book TV, which highlighted his 2013 bestseller, Mayday over Wichita.

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David Carter

David Carter

Dr. Carter is an executive trainer, professional speaker, and best-selling author. An experienced educator for several institutions, businesses, and non-profit organizations, he has also served in the United States Air Force as a combat engineer, as a Kansas police officer, and as an education technician for the National Park Service. He holds a doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Change from Benedictine University, and currently serves as Claremont Lincoln University’s Dean of the Ethical Leadership program.

Dr. Carter has given two TEDx talks about leadership: The Lesser Seat (2015) and How Old Are You? (2016), in addition to establishing the Laurie Marie Foundation—a non-profit devoted to developing student leaders and providing scholarships. His previous work has appeared on multiple news and media outlets and, most recently, C-SPAN’s Book TV, which highlighted his 2013 bestseller, Mayday over Wichita.