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How the “Incredible” Sharpe Family Singers’ Magical Disney Cover Won Over the Judges
Broadway performers Ron and Barbra Sharpe shared their first kiss on stage, years before raising four children who inherited their musical genes.
The competition continues on Season 18 of America’s Got Talent with a pitch-perfect family as all-American as apple pie.
AGT Judges were wowed by the wholesome sextet, the Sharpe Family Singers, a family who’d been trying to bring their singing talent to the AGT stage for several years. Thanks to their impeccable rendition of the Disney song, “How Far I’ll Go,” Judges Sofia Vergara, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell moved the family through to the next round.
The Act has proven that a family who sings together sticks together.
Who Are the Sharpe Family Singers?
The Sharpes are a New Jersey-based family consisting of married couple Ron Sharpe and Barbra Russell-Sharpe, and their four children: daughter Samantha, and sons Logan, Connor, and Aidan, the latter two of whom are twins. Per the singing family’s website, Ron and Barbra met while performing on Broadway’s Les Misérables more than 30 years ago.
“We actually had our first kiss on the stage before we were married, because it was in the show,” Ron explained to the Judges.
Mandel joked that the Sharpes went “from production to reproduction.”
The music must have been passed through the genes because the children were eager to join their parents for the singing fun.
“One by one, each kid wanted to be in the shows with us, so we’re like, ‘Hey, if you want to hang out with your parents, that’s pretty cool,’” Ron continued.
Outside AGT, the Sharpes have kept pretty busy with their talents, including their previous audition on Season 19 of American Idol, as well as an individual audition by Samantha immediately following.
The Sharpes took their act on the road until the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to stop touring. They decided to showcase their talents on TikTok, earning them millions of views and a guest appearance on the Tamron Hall Show and local news outlets.
“We sing in the shower, we sing in the car, we sing at home, we sing everywhere,” Barbra told the AGT Judges.
The Sharpes can now add the AGT stage to their list, hoping to win the competition and open a school for other children wanting to sing.
What Song Did the Family Sharpe Singers Sing?
For their AGT Audition, the Sharpe Family Singers chose “How Far I’ll Go” from the 2016 animated Disney film, Moana. Sung for the soundtrack by Auli’i Cravalho, the Sharpes traded stunning lead for stunning harmonization between each family member for their rendition of the family-friendly hit.
Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda (the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright behind Broadway’s Hamilton), “How Far I’ll Go” saw dozens of translations, earning the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media and nominations for the Academy Award and the Golden Globe, both for the category of Best Original Song.
The Sharpes gave a gleeful version, each family member smiling widely with every note and bringing each Judge to their feet.
Here’s What the AGT Judges Had to Say
Vergara started by calling the Act “perfection.”
“You guys don’t even look real,” she said. “And you sounded amazing.”
For his part, Mandel admitted that musical theatre wasn't his jam. However, after watching and listening to the Sharpes, he had a change of heart, telling the Sharpes, “You became my jam.”
Klum, a mother of four, said the Sharpe Family Singers were living her dream.
“I would love nothing more than to do this with my entire family,” she said. “This is everything.”
Having lost his voice for much of the AGT Auditions, Cowell disagreed with Klum about wanting to create such a performance with his family members, though Klum maintained it was “so incredible.”
Translating on behalf of Cowell, Vergara quizzically called the act “very apple pie” before those around her realized what Cowell was trying to say was that the Sharpe Family Singers were as all-American and loved as classic apple pie.
Mandel added that nothing says America quite like family and apple pie before the Sharpe Family Singers earned all four yeses from the Judges.