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Brian King Joseph

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Information
Age (at audition) 27
Sex Male
Act Electric Violinist
Seasons 13
Position Reached 3rd Place

Brian King Joseph was an electric violinist act from Season 13 of America's Got Talent. He finished the competition in 3rd place.

Background

Brian King Joseph is more than just your typical jaw-dropping phenomenal performer. Nicknamed "The King of Violin", BKJ is the Revolutionary Electric Violinist of the 21st Century. A self-taught and self-produced Master of his own craft, the rebellious prodigy seeks to Change the game; bringing a unique, refreshing, modern exciting twist on the timeless instrument. While many of us can get lost in the new digital age of music, BKJ is keeping real music alive. His unmatched skill, speed and phenomenal chops have wowed the Internet, gaining over 15 million views worldwide within the first year. ​ BKJ has received recognition from Chris Brown, Fetty Wap, Machine Gun Kelly, Keke Palmer, Mike Posner and Snoop Dogg. ​ A Washington DC Native, BKJ has made a name for himself in the music scene since the age of 4. He has performed with major touring acts such as George Clinton & P Funkadelics, Machine Gun Kelly, He has toured the country with his charting Reggae band Lucky Dub, were personally requested to perform for the Mayor of DC and Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor. He has appeared on hit TV shows such as "MTV Real World" and several commercials. In 2012, he was offered a Full Presidential Scholarship at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. ​ BKJ was the catalyst and first winner of MTV's latest Music Competition, "Cover of The Month". After receiving over 26 Million claps (likes) within a one-month period, BKJ was personally selected by Mike Posner as the Winner and described as - "a beast [on violin]" - ​ BKJ consistently collaborates with lifestyle brands, independent designers, and event programmers for both sponsored and private events such as weddings (reception & ceremony), ribbon-cutting events, club openings, private parties etc ​ Brian King Joseph composes and produces all of his music independently. [1]

Audition

Brian King Joseph's audition in Episode 1305 consisted of playing DJ Snake's and Major Lazer's "Lean On" on the electric violin. Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell all voted "Yes", sending Brian to the Judge Cuts.

Judge Cuts

Brian King Joseph's Judge Cuts performance in Episode 1310 consisted of playing Coldplay's "Something Just Like This" on the electric violin. His performance was strong enough for the judges to send him to the Quarterfinals instead of NUNNABOVE and Street Drum Corps.

Quarterfinals

Brian King Joseph's Week 3 Quarterfinals performance in Episode 1315 consisted of playing "Centuries" by Fall Out Boy on the electric violin backed by a quartet of dancers. Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell all gave him standing ovations. Brian received enough votes to advance to the Semifinals in Episode 1316 instead of Joseph O'Brien.

Semifinals

Brian King Joseph's Week 2 Semifinals performance in Episode 1319 consisted of playing "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio on the electric violin. Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell all gave him standing ovations. Brian received enough votes to advance to the Finals in Episode 1320 instead of Angel City Chorale.

Finals

Brian King Joseph's Finals performance in Episode 1321 consisted of playing "Heartless" by Kanye West on the electric violin. Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell all gave him standing ovations.

Finale

For the finale in Episode 1322, Brian King Joseph performed a duet of "Roundtable Rival" with Lindsey Stirling, as Duo Transcend performed tricks on the trapeze. He received enough votes to advance to the Top 5 instead of Glennis Grace. Brian finished the competition in 3rd place, ahead of Samuel J. Comroe and Michael Ketterer, but behind Shin Lim and Zurcaroh.

After The Show

Brian returned in Episode 1412 as a guest performer. He performed Linda Ronstadt's "You're No Good" with Bianca Ryan singing while Sofie Dossi did aerial tricks.

Trivia

  • Brian King Joseph was the second violinist act to finish in the top 3 in the show's history, the first being Nuttin' But Stringz.
  • Brian King Joseph is the only act in Season 13 and one of the only acts of all time to get a standing ovation from all the judges on the panel every week he performed.

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