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Richmond Boys Choir hopes to perform at inauguration

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

A Richmond based group of young singers needs your help achieving their huge goal of performing at the presidential inauguration.

The Richmond Boy's Choir is a semi-finalist to perform at President Obama's ceremony next month. The competition is heavy, but group members are convinced they can do it if the community rallies behind them.

Members say music is the window to the soul and these young men, ranging from seven-years-old to 17.

"It brings a peace to me that can't no one bring out of me," says John Jones who has been part of the group for five years. "I'm more of a people person."

Now he and his counterparts are counting on that same confidence to get them to Washington, D.C. next month.

"The actual Inauguration Day where the person actually sings The National Anthem is extremely coveted so you have artists from all over, Grammy award-winning artists. Last time it was the great Aretha Franklin," said choir board chair Donald Knight.

Knight says the group made it to a list of 100 other acts vying to perform for President Obama. Now the young men need the public to contact inauguration organizers to let them know there's a jewel in Richmond ready to shine.

"It would be one of the biggest accomplishments that the choir has done since I've been there," Jones said.

Advisors say the boys deserve it.

"When you get to see them not just at performances, but behind the scenes when they're practicing, or working on homework, you get to see the impact that an organization of this caliber can have on someone's life," Knight said.

To help the choir, click here and send an email to contact those organizing next month's inauguration. Organizers are expected to make a decision by Friday.

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