KEARNEY — JC Fisher will get up early within the morning.
“I’m not your typical musician,” he mentioned throughout a 9 a.m. interview. “I’m a farm boy. I stand up at about 5:30 each morning. I’m not your typical sleep-in man.”
Fisher can function on about 4 hours of sleep.
“I often go to mattress earlier than anybody else,” he mentioned. “Through the years I’ve been in a position to handle it. Typically I’ll get a day nap if I get an opportunity.”
As a member of the Texas Tenors, Fisher contributes a grounded high quality to the group, one thing the tenor sees as necessary to the energy of the trio.
“All of us got here from totally different background and kinds of music,” he mentioned. “I grew up on a farm the place we had a bunch of cattle. I principally listened to nation music. Once I went to college the place I studied principally classical methods. Marcus grew up loving Broadway and pop music.”
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The third member of the Texas Tenors, John Hagen, grew up with a background of classical music with mother and father who had been choral administrators.
“After we obtained collectively, the concept of the Texas Tenors was to convey the most effective music of all of the genres collectively in a single present,” Fisher mentioned. “And once I say ‘genres,’ viewers members will actually hear seven or eight totally different kinds of music all through the present. We’d begin with a rustic ballad with a classical twist, transfer to gospel, patriotic after which inspirational music. We in all probability gained’t do any rap music on this present.”
Nebraska audiences can expertise the music of the Texas Tenors at two reveals, 2 p.m. and seven p.m. Tuesday on the Merryman Performing Arts Middle. Tickets begin at $39.
One thing that ties all of the music collectively — a private connection.
“We’ve been doing this for 12 years,” Fisher mentioned. “We’ve crossed paths with a few of our heroes within the music trade. We’ve carried out with Invoice Medley and the Righteous Brothers in Branson, we shared a theater with the Gatlin Brothers, I’m pals with Lee Greenwood who wrote the well-known tune, ‘God Bless the united statesA.,’ we met Kenny Rogers and we met Mickey Gilley — we’ve met all these well-known individuals and we’ve put one in every of their greatest, most iconic songs in our present the place they’ve ended up being requirements.”
Most of these performers gave a stamp of approval on the preparations utilized by the Texas Tenors.
“Each tune we’ve got in our present, we’ve got it there for a purpose,” Fisher mentioned. “It’s not like, oh, we simply picked some random tune. We even have a reference to the artists with virtually each single tune we sing in our present.”
The connection that Fisher and the opposite members of the Texas Tenors have with the artists extends out towards the viewers as nicely.
“We now have a sure demographic of our viewers members and we cater to that,” he mentioned. “We additionally attempt to stretch these boundaries a bit of bit, too, as a result of we like to speak to our viewers and have enjoyable with them. One factor that individuals will say once they come to our present is, ‘Hey, we are able to inform that you just guys actually get pleasure from what you do. You guys actually seem like pals up there on the stage.’ Effectively, we don’t need to act as a result of, despite the fact that we’re completely various kinds of tenors, we get alongside so nice.”
The Texas Tenors carry out with a four-piece backup band.
“They’re like our greatest pals, too,” he mentioned. “And so they’re superb musicians.”
All of that provides to the chemistry on stage, a chemistry that works off stage as nicely.
“When individuals are on the market watching the present and so they see us having a lot enjoyable, they only can’t assist however have enjoyable,” Fisher mentioned. “They depart in temper, it doesn’t matter what temper our viewers got here with. They depart in a greater temper and that’s one in every of our objectives.”
Along with bringing totally different kinds and personalities to the stage, members of the Texas Tenors every convey a distinct expectation to the reveals.
“For John, bringing integrity and justice to the music is crucial factor,” Fisher mentioned. “He has a grasp’s diploma in music, he taught music and he performs a number of devices. Getting the music proper is essential to him. Marcus loves performing. Bringing the efficiency side to the group is essential to him. For me, I simply want a paycheck, man. No, I’m simply kidding.”
For Fisher, he revels within the capacity to journey and carry out along with his pals, one thing he calls his “dream job.”
“Yeah, there are exhausting components of it with touring and the whole lot, nevertheless it’s an unbelievable job and all of us get pleasure from it and we stay up for going to locations like Kearney, Neb. It’s superior. John went to grad college in Lincoln. After we go to locations the place there are connections, it’s actually cool.”
The Texas Tenors fashioned in 2009 and appeared on “America’s Acquired Expertise” the place the group superior to the highest 4 finalists. In 2013, the group recorded a particular for PBS with the Phoenix Symphony. The members gained three Emmy Awards for the present.
Past the expertise of the singers, Fisher understands how the three members come collectively to create a gaggle that’s stronger than its parts.
“If we had been all precisely the identical, it could be type of boring,” he mentioned. “While you take a look at us on stage, we’ve got completely totally different personalities. And I believe that’s what makes it fascinating.”
Fisher lives in Shawnee, Kan., the place he works on outdated vans as a passion with one in every of his buddies. He plans to drive to Kearney for the reveals on Tuesday.
“We’re going to drive to this gig and that’s at all times enjoyable. I wish to hit the highway. Heck, I would simply drive one in every of these outdated vans to Kearney.”
A restricted variety of tickets stay for the 7 p.m. live performance.
The Merryman Performing Arts Middle in Kearney was not too long ago granted monetary assist from Mid-America Arts Alliance for the efficiency of The Texas Tenors on Tuesday, October 4. M-AAA’s grant making packages are made attainable via partnerships with the Nationwide Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Nebraska Arts Council.