By Liam Dacko
Grace Church in Avon, Mass. pulled out all the stops for a celebration held in honor of a Stonehill alum on Sept. 17.
Over 200 church parishioners flocked to the festivities to watch Micah Christian ’06 and his band Sons of Serendip as they competed in the final round of America’s Got Talents ninth season. The group performed the song “Drops of Jupiter” alongside the band Train during the live finale.
The quartet, whose style is a fusion of gospel, R&B, classical, and neo-soul music, finished the competition in fourth place. Magician and fellow competitor Mat Franco took home the first place prize, a deal for a Las Vegas show.
The Sons of Serendip was formed six months ago by Christian and three other Boston University students. Christian is currently studying for a master of divinity degree from that university.
The viewing party held in the group’s honor was organized by Christian’s brother, Aaron Christian.
“I’m his biggest fan, I take that title,” he said. “I wanted there to be a place where everybody in the area could come together.”
Visitors were given the opportunity to watch the finale of America’s Got Talent on a movie theater-style screen. Surrounding the screen were projections of each of the band member’s faces. A food truck was also hired for the event.
Christian said he is proud of his brother Micah’s accomplishments on the NBC talent show.
“It’s so exciting seeing him finally get to show his gift to the world,” he said. “He can sing beautifully. People at Stonehill know that, people at [Boston University] know that, but now, the world knows. It’s great to see him finally achieving a dream that he always wanted to achieve.”
Christian said it was wonderful to see a large number of people show up to the viewing party to support his brother.
“A lot of people are fans,” he said. “A lot of people know him from growing up, a lot of people have gone to school with him, college and everything, so it’s great seeing people from Stonehill, people from [Boston University], friends from elementary school, friends from church, friends from all over coming together and sharing this moment.”
One of those friends is Randolph elementary school teacher Diana Gervino, who was in choir with with Micah during middle school. Aaron Christian said his family has known Gervino for “twenty years.”
“Micah never disappoints,” Gervino said. “He’s been out and about forever, at [Boston University], Stonehill. He’s done awesome.”
Aaron Christian’s friend Michael Ivey also showed up for the celebration.
“They did a great job,” he said. “They’ve been blowing it up.”
Christian said the experience on America’s Got Talent has transformed his brother.
“He has so much confidence now,” he said. “He’s just killing it right now, he’s killing it.”
The experience has also boosted the group’s social media following. The Sons of Serendip have gained a large fanbase on Twitter since this season of America’s Got Talent started airing. Boasting over 3,600 followers, the band uses the website to give their fans updates about their performances on the show. Their Twitter handle is @SonsofSerendip.
Stonehill’s Communication Department has also used Twitter to actively promote the Sons of Serendip’s success. Professor Anne Mattina used the department’s account (@StonehillComm) to live-tweet the show every week in a show of support for Christian and his fellow band members.
After it was announced the Sons of Serendip had finished in fourth place, Mattina used the Twitter account to suggest that we have not seen the last of this group.
“Just remember [Jennifer Hudson] did not win American Idol,” she wrote.
America’s Got Talent judge Mel B shared similar sentiments during the program.
“You now have a platform to do what you want,” she said to the group.
No matter how his time on America’s Got Talent finished, Christian still seems to have the support of Grace Church parishioners like Nick Lohnes.
“We are very proud of [him],” he said. “We will keep [him] going.”