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‘I Am Really Fascinated By You’—Simon Cowell Praises Seminary Student on ‘America’s Got Talent’

Lachuné Boyd Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
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As a part-time voice teacher and student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS), Lachuné Boyd broke out of her shell. She took some initiative as she auditioned for “America’s Got Talent.”

As Boyd took to the stage and shared that she was a voice teacher, judge Simon Cowell quickly prompted, “Tell me why you’ve waited so long to do something like this. Because something obviously has held you back.”

She responded, “I grew up in a singing family and spent most of my years observing them actually having the moment to be on stage and things like that, so that held me back.”

“But I started teaching,” Boyd continued. “I learned that if you can’t do the thing, try to work close to it. So that kept the spark alive.”

Boyd explained, “As a teacher, you’re always sitting on the opposite side of the piano, and you’re always pouring into them and saying, ‘Take the initiative. Don’t get too comfortable. Go for it. Be yourself.'”

That’s just what Boyd did as she auditioned in front of a live audience and celebrity judges.

Lachuné Boyd Stuns the Judges of ‘America’s Got Talent’

Boyd chose a moving rendition of “Yellow” by Coldplay for her audition. Her soft, soulful voice was pitch-perfect throughout the song.

“Look at the stars. Look how they shine for you…and everything you do,” the song begins.

After the performance—and after both the audience and judges stood in ovation—Boyd humbly appreciated the judges’ comments.

“You have a beautiful, beautiful voice and I am really fascinated by you,” shared Simon Cowell. “It was a fantastic audition.”

“You showed us that these walls that people feel like they’re stuck behind, you make them yourself,” Judge Howie Mandel said. “You tore down that wall, and luckily you did, because you made your way right here, and your life is about to change.”

Judges Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara chimed in with praise for Boyd and her performance. Vergara called the audition “perfect.” The four judges unanimously voted for Boyd to advance to the next round of the competition.

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Keeps Lachuné Boyd in High Regard

Boyd is a Master of Music student at SWBTS, with a concentration in voice, according to the school’s news blog. Among her rigorous studies, she participated in both the Cowden Hall Band and Southwestern A Cappella Choir. With just one semester left of her degree, Boyd has made an impression on students as well as faculty.

“Lachuné is nearly finished with her master’s in vocal performance,” mentioned SWBTS Dean of the School of Church Music and Worship Joseph Crider. “And not only is she gifted as a singer, she is a deep well in her understanding of aesthetics and the biblical foundations of her art as a singer/musician.”

Crider continued, “Her versatility as a singer will serve her well in the future as she continues to teach and perform as a Christian deeply rooted in her faith.”