I can’t begin to tell you how exciting it has been to have a personal connection to Forte. In fact, it is almost surreal. Every time they step on the stage, I am both excited and nervous – it’s crazy.
However, they never fail to disappoint – their performances have been nothing short of spectacular. And the impact of their vocal presence is always augmented by their genuine, caring and gracious personas. How can anyone not love these guys? (Now, I am sounding like Seinfeld’s mother. Oy!). But it is true. They are fantastic guys.
As many of you know, my cousin, Paul Mascioli, manages Forte member Fernando Varela and co-manages Forte. He has been able to share what he could with me over the course of time but numerous details about their AGT journey has been privileged information – so, in many ways, I know as much as y’all before their performances.
Fernando is a powerhouse and has a gorgeous, chameleon-like voice that crosses multiple genres. He truly can “do it all” – he can sing “Nessun Dorma” with technical brilliance and then turn on a dime and knock “Bohemian Rhapsody” out of the ballpark. It really is exciting to witness. And, having met him, he is one of the nicest people one could ever have the privilege to meet. A real gem!
Josh Page has been on my radar for many years, ever since he was introduced to me by one of my former students, Kyle Scripnick. The two met one summer at Tanglewood in Boston. He is an extremely talented, driven and diverse artist with a beautiful vocal gift. A few years ago, I was scheduled to interview Josh, but life has a way of playing with your head and I, unfortunately, never did follow though. I hope to amend this in the very near future.
I am excited that Sean Panikkar completes the trio. He has been a wonderful addition to Forte, loaded with charisma and vocal prowess. He truly completes the package.
So, on Tuesday and Wednesday when they take to the stage, I would like to wish them the very best. I know they will take these final performances to heart and so will we! I will savour this two-night ride like a fine wine, where I hope beyond hope to see them crowned as winners of America’s Got Talent Season 8.
So, MCL readers, I am counting on your votes. If you value this blog and all that has been shared over the years, please propel these guys to the win via your votes. I will thank you endlessly for years to come with more articles than you can possibly read in a lifetime!!