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America's Got Talent - One For The Money, Two For The Show...

It's not often that I would post something like this, but it's just way too exciting to pass up.  Many of you who went to RainCamp in San Francisco got to see our family Band "Armored Flight" play for our first "live" performance.  We had a blast!  The support and love we've received since has been awesome.  One thing led to another, and the next thing I know, we're auditioning for America's Got Talent!

Here's the long story made short~

After RainCamp SF, our youngest son Brandon, (age 13) also our guitar player, asked if I would take him to LA to enter as a guitar in AGT5.  Well I did, and after his 90 second debut solo, the NBC producer said to him "You remind me of Van Halen, you should be entering your family band!"  You can read about our journey on Brandon's very first blog post: "America's Got Talent - My Adventure and Dream Come True" 

 

So when we returned home, my wife and our two boys went into the recording studio and recorded a song called "Just Do It" in hopes that we might get into this years competition.  We submitted our video to AGT's audition site.  We think we may be one of the few if not the ONLY "Family" rock bands in America.  This last Thursday, I received this email from the casting producers at NBC and America's Got Talent.

OMG!  When I saw this, my heart rate tripled, my blood pressure exploded, I immediately ran into the bedroom where my wife was taking a shower (TMI) and told her of the news.  Then I ran back to my computer and responded to their email and answered their questions.  I was literally shaking with excitement and couldn't wait to tell the kids and the rest of our family.

You can't imagine the next moments, hours, and days that followed.  To us, this is like winning the lottery.  It's Even Better!!  Here's our announcement we put up on the Armored Flight Blog for our family and friends.

SO WE ARE GOING TO THE NEXT ROUND and think we have a good chance.  We would be the very first and only family rock band to ever make it on the show in the history of America's Got Talent.  If there were ever a favor I'd ask from anyone who reads this....well, I think you already know what it is...   :-))

The Executive Producers at NBC are now reviewing all the finalists to see who makes it on the show.  We're keeping our fingers crossed and hoping they'll give "America" the chance to possibly vote for us. 

Win or lose, this is a very exciting time and journey for us.  I am so proud of these kids and of my wife!  We definitely have our work cut out, so now it's one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and hopefully......"four to go!"  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our family, one of the coolest things that's ever happened,  and it's something we just had to share with you all.

NEW UPDATE - 3/25/2010

We received a voice mail from AGT while I was away at Seattle.  They want us to send in one more "live" video for the next round of competition.  This one is just for the Executive Producers.  They want it raw, uncut, recorded in our living room.  I'm setting up my flip video camera this weekend and recording a song (the very first and same song that we opened up with at RainCamp San Francisco) and sending it in this weekend.  How ironic is that?  We're back to the "first song" that got us here to begin with.  lol~

I have to say, after staying with Bob Stewart the last couple days, and watching American Idol with him at his house the other night, this whole experience is becoming so surreal.  I still can't believe this is happening or even wrap my brain around it. It's like a dream that I just can't seem to get down to a reality.  It is very REAL and I am very PROUD of my family right now!!  Thanks to ALL our AR friends and family for all your comments of support and encouragement, it means more to me us than you will ever know.

 

     

"Learn More. Get More. Do More. Be More."

Comment balloon 74 commentsBrad Andersohn • March 25 2010 10:11AM

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Brad,
you and your family are very talented :) was great to meet you man, take care and I will be around in AR circle and yours, keep the great blogs ! :)

Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) almost 10 years ago

Hi Brad and Family...I am so happy for all of you.  I will watch when you get on and will certainly vote for you.  Thanks for letting us know.  Keep us posted.

RE-blogged happily.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) almost 10 years ago

Congratulations Brad...to you and everyone in the fam.  Go for it!

Posted by Kirsten Lindquist, Realtor - Sonoma Wine Country (Pacific Union International) almost 10 years ago

That is awesome! I'd be jumping out of my skin! (and dieting like crazy... just because... lol) Keep us posted. It's like we know a celebrity =P  If you're on the show, we'll watch with total devotion! =D

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) almost 10 years ago

I always love hearing your families events.  This is a treasured moment for each of you.  I'm so very, very excited for you.  I can't wait to see what happens!!!!!

Posted by Meg Zoller, Houston Fine Homes (Keller Williams) almost 10 years ago

That is totally cool!  I hope we all get to see your family on TV!  That would be awesome.

Posted by Paula McDonald ~ GRI, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) almost 10 years ago

Brad - Congratulations on your success so far.  I look forward to seeing you on America's Got Talent!!!  You may strike it big.

Posted by FN LN almost 10 years ago

Brad - thanks for keeping us posted. Looking forward to hearing about the enxt step - we KNOW there will be one.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) almost 10 years ago

Make sure NBC knows you have over 177,000 viewers for the show if you make it all the way!

Posted by Dan Tabit (Keller Williams Bellevue) almost 10 years ago

Brad,

I found it after I read the reblog. This is so cool. We will be your faithful fans. can't wait to see you on the show.

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) almost 10 years ago

Brad!  I am so excited for you and your family.   What a dream come true, and you know I can relate!

Yes, we are all rooting for you!

Your family band is so sweet and wonderful and I am picturing you all on that big stage!

Keep us posted!

 

Posted by Mary Anne S. Daly, Queen of the Loan & Radio Broadcaster (Stearns NMLS #232164 CA BRE #01380812) almost 10 years ago

Brad -

We always knew you rocked.  Good luck and keep us "posted" on when to vote.

Posted by Jim Hale, Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website (ACTIONAGENTS.NET) almost 10 years ago

That is very cool and I can see you are as excited as the kids, what fun.  I, we, would love to see you and your family on the show.

Posted by Miriam Bernstein, CRS almost 10 years ago

Brad - congratulations! That is awesome your family has been selected, and definitely will be looking for you!

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) almost 10 years ago

Very exciting Brad.  I hope you make it on the show and then we can start the campaign to get every Realtor to vote for you!!

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 10 years ago

Hi Brad,

OMG!  I wish you all the very best.  Yes, it is better than winning a lottery, you've earned it!  You've got talent.

Posted by Marzena Melby, Realtor, Twin Cities Minnesota Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty) almost 10 years ago

How exciting!  Let us know and our fingers will be posed on the vote button.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 10 years ago

Well how cool is that?!

The Andersohn's must be a extra proud these days. 

Good luck to your son! 

We'll be rooting for him!

Keep us posted.

America's ONLY Family Band ROCKS!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) almost 10 years ago

AWESOME Brad! Thanks for sharing. Good luck in the next roung of auditions, hope to see your family band on t.v. this upcoming season!

Posted by Mike Mitchell, REALTOR (R) (Real Living Kee Realty) almost 10 years ago

Brad - That's great! Congratulations to you and your family. We look forward to watching "Armored Flight Band" take the show by storm. You guys rock! Love the song "just do it." Good luck.

Posted by Judy Jennings, Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA (The Green Company) almost 10 years ago

Thanks everyone, we're still pinching ourselves in dis-belief.  The boys have been working really hard and we are practicing nearly every night now.  Last night's rehearsal was one of our best ever.  The kids are pumped up and they really are very talended and gifted. 

We have a new song ready called "One Day At A Time" and it has gone from being just a jam tune to one of our best songs.  It will be AGT worthy for sure.  The title and song are so appropriate, that's just how we're taking it... one day at a time.

They may want us to play other artists music, and we're ready for that too.  This is really a truly amazing and exciting journey for us right now, thanks so much for all the love, support, and good luck wishes, we'll do our best to make you proud!   :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Congratulations! I hope to see you guys on TV soon! Good luck to your boy, when he becomes famous, we can say we know his dad! :)

Posted by Eileen Hsu, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

How exciting! Congratulations and good luck! We'll all be rootin for ya!

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) almost 10 years ago

Brad this is so exciting. My fingers are crossed you make the show. Just think of all the friends you have here that would support you.

My heart would have been raceing too.

 

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 10 years ago

Brad --- this is soooooo exciting -- Congratulations -- keeping our fingers crossed that you make it on the show and then the rest should be smooth sailing. I did a re-blog.

 
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Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) almost 10 years ago

This is awesome, Brad think of how hard your heart will be beating when you are on that big stage, okay maybe you shouldn't think about that LOL Looking forward to seeing you in my living room...

Posted by Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida (Glasswork Media Arts) almost 10 years ago

Great news for you and your family!  What a wonderful experience for all of you!   Keep us posted!

Posted by Evelyn Zebro, Asheville NC Real Estate Broker (Beverly-Hanks & Associates) almost 10 years ago

Hey Brad - I got goosebumps reading this post and I'm so excited for you and your family!  How cool is this!!  I wish you all the very best on the upcoming rounds...... have fun the whole ride!!

Congratulations and I know you we're all behind you guys!!

Hugs!
Ann

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) almost 10 years ago

Brad - Your pride and excitement are pouring out of your post. Take a deep breath Man, because you have arrived!!!

Posted by Suzanne Strickler, School is never out for the Successful. (Realty Mark Associates) almost 10 years ago

Hello friends, this is Debra, Brad's wife. Thank you for the excitiment and encouragement! 

This is the time that we need the most support and we appreciate you all!  I can say this because I am NOT Brad.  He gives to everyone in his life and expects nothing in return...he works unheard of hours, and doesn't ever do much for himself. 

My hope, dream, and prayer is not JUST for my boys, but for Brad, that this will be a big pay off...that just maybe...soon we will be writing music, and performing, and that living life will become easier for us, and for my husband who has really worked entirely TOO hard his whole life. 

He is worth so much more than all of the effort he has ever emitted out into this world!!!!!!  If you haven't listened to our music please do so.  If you really think there is talent there please do anything you can to further promote Armored Flight.

Thank you again!!!!

My Mantra...DREAM BIG!

Posted by Debra Lee Andersohn almost 10 years ago

Congratulations. Sounds like you are on your way! Just getting this far is an achievement to be proud of. Good luck!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful accomplishment, and as a family.

Best wishes with the "four to go" Brad.

Posted by John Grasty, Your Tri-cities REALTOR, neighbour and volunteer. (for real estate results in the Tri-Cities.) almost 10 years ago

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful accomplishment, and as a family.

Best wishes with the "four to go" Brad.

Posted by John Grasty, Your Tri-cities REALTOR, neighbour and volunteer. (for real estate results in the Tri-Cities.) almost 10 years ago

This is so awesome.  Your band sounds great...Debra has a fantastic voice.  I had it blaring out of my computer and my kids came running (15 & 17).  They loved it.  You'll definitely get our vote.  As they say in show business, "Break a leg!!"

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) almost 10 years ago

Totally awesome Brad!  Congratulations and wow will I be watching it if you all get on.  Very exciting. 

Posted by Shannon almost 10 years ago

Brad & Family -- can we say we "knew you when...." before you were FAMOUS, that is?  Congratulations on getting through to the next level.  We can't wait to VOTE for Armored Flight.  I listened to the video and you all sound fantastic.  We're all very proud of you!

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) almost 10 years ago

Brad - Whoo Hoo!  We are pulling for you here in Texas!  Please keep us updated and let us know when we can vote for you - whatever you need!

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) almost 10 years ago

Brad - Whoo Hoo!  We are pulling for you here in Texas!  Please keep us updated and let us know when we can vote for you - whatever you need!

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) almost 10 years ago

I Found this video of us at "raincamp sf" what a hoot! :-)

 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Congrats Brad and family -  you guys were great at RainCamp SF!

Posted by Phil Caulfield, I Get The Loans Done That The Big Banks Don't! (Guarantee Mortgage) almost 10 years ago

Congratulations Brad!  We are routing for you.  Also great class today.  

Posted by Melissa Furman, Lic Real Estate Salesperson Luxury Homes (Keller Williams Capital District Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Congratulations Brad!  I am sure you and your family are very excited.  I will watch the show and hope to see you guys.

Posted by Damon Gettier, Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE (Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert) almost 10 years ago

Hey Brad,

How exciting and good for you! Couldn't happen to anyone nicer.

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) almost 10 years ago

It sounds like it is time to go to camp. Great post

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia III, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) almost 10 years ago

Brad, Debra, and Rockstar Super Sons

Been waiting for this announcement, checking blogs, watched the video all y'all put together for AGTS and loved the energy and caring, the focus....

Tweet it, Facebook it, but just keep us in the loop.

Posted by Sherry Siegel, Managing Broker, EcoBroker, ABR (BrokersGroup, serving Sequim and Port Angeles) almost 10 years ago

Congratulations Brad and Family! This is such exciting and wonderful news and I am so glad you posted it here to share with us, your Active Rain family. The Fab Four of the 21st. Century! I hope NBC selects your family and look forward to your updated posts.

Posted by Catherine C Capasso, Cottage or Castle, What's Your Dream! (Catherine Cornelia Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Look out world!!!  Pretty exciting for your extended family here in the rain too!  We'll all be singing your praises as we vote!!!

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) almost 10 years ago

Congrats! I hope you are selected. If you are, let us all know. The AR community will pull for you!

Posted by Nicholas Goraczkowski, Your Mortgage Resource - (720) 83-RATES almost 10 years ago

What fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep us posted!

Posted by Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience ( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty) almost 10 years ago

QUICK UPDATE! 

The NBC casting producer just called our home and said he likes what he sees. 

He wants us to put together a "live uncut video" of us playing our stuff and send it to him.  The tension and excitement is really building now.  I am in Seattle at the ActiveRain Corporate office and as soon as I get home tomorrow, we'll be doing a final video to send in. 

This is it.....  wish us luck and keep your fingers crossed for us.  :-)))  Thanks everyone.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Hi Brad, How exciting! Best of luck to you & your family!

Best Regards, Jay

Posted by Jay Lloyd, Allpro Home Inspection (Cape Coral Florida) almost 10 years ago

Congratulations for making it this far and I wish you a lot of luck moving forward. I've seen a few things on Youtube of your guys and you should go a long ways.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) almost 10 years ago

Congratulations to you and the family Brad!  I can't think of a nicer family for this to happen too!  I'm routing for you all.

kk

Posted by Kristal Kraft, Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022 (The Berkshire Group Realtors) almost 10 years ago

Wow, this is really fantastic news for the entire family! Be sure to keep us posted - you know the entire ActiveRain family is sending positive thoughts!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 10 years ago

That is so awesome! I saw the light in your eyes when you were telling me about your son and what he requested when you were in Dallas.  Great news, and break a string!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) almost 10 years ago

Brad, this is really getting fun, for you and your family and us your AR family, I know I am anxous to see one of our own on the tube...best of luck...from the pics your wife looks like Amy Grant, or Amy Grant looks like your wife...

Posted by Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida (Glasswork Media Arts) almost 10 years ago

Hey, Brad. This is great news. I am so happy for you and your family. I will have my phone ready to vote. Jim

Posted by Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate (Brand Name Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Hi Brad,

 

WOW !!! I've been following Brandon.. AKA... Armored Flight since February......

 

What a great experience....... For your son, for the family , ActiveRain family

 

 

You and your wife have been a great set of parents!!!!!!

 

 

GOOD LUCK  !!!

Posted by San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hill Country (www.sanantoniotexasnewhomesforsale.com) almost 10 years ago

So verfy cool.

Will you be getting tats?

Posted by Loan Survivor Real Estate Financing Expert (Purchases, First Time Buyers, Pre-Approvals, Refinance) almost 10 years ago

Congratulations Brad!  It is so awesome to do a family thing like that, I know you're psyched!!!  Best wishes!

Posted by Sara Homan, Realtor, Homes, Farms & 55+ (Coldwell Banker Ellison Realty 352-209-4044) almost 10 years ago

That is absolutely the coolest thing. I wish you guy nothing but success. Please don't forget us little people when you guys reach stardom!

 

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) almost 10 years ago

Brad - Smokin'....... I sure hope to see your family make it. I would not touch my Bat channel or Bat Dial if you guys got a shot. Very fun !

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) almost 10 years ago

Brad,

Rock On!  I really hope to see you guys on television (and live and in person)!

Good luck!

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) almost 10 years ago

COOL!!!   I can't wait to see you on TV !   I hope you knock em dead!  Keep us posted!

Posted by Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals) almost 10 years ago

It is so nice to so people so much talent, i cant even sing in the shower, that is how talented i am :(.  But congratulations to you and your family!!!

Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) almost 10 years ago

That's fabulous, and life changing?  How about an audio clip in one of your blogs?

Posted by Mary Jo Quay, I Move You Home (EXP Realty ) almost 10 years ago

wow

Posted by Tom Burris, Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience (NMLS# 335055) almost 10 years ago

Brad, I am sure that your family here on AR will be sure to watch and vote! Congrats to your whole family!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Brad, I am sure that your family here on AR will be sure to watch and vote! Congrats to your whole family!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Thanks again everyone for your comments and "votes" of support. 

Mary Jo - there is a link in the post above where you can watch the video we submitted, listen to some clips, and read Brandon's story about the audition that led us here.  Check it out when you have some spare time.  Thanks.

We are recording the new video for "Round Three" this Saturday and are banking on it getting us to the next round and hopefully on to the show.  I'll be sure to keep updating this post and comments to keep you all informed of the latest news... 

WE ARE THRILLED TO HAVE MADE IT THIS FAR!!  :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

hey brad, music is chicken soup for us ARers...keep us posted on the dates & congratulations!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Brad, that is phenomenal. Tell everyone congratulations.

Posted by Ted Tyndall, I will help You find the Home YOU want to Buy (Davidson Realty Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Brad, what excitement!  Best of luck!

Posted by Dora & Vincent Kwok, CNE - Chandler, Arizona Real Estate (HomeSmart Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Thanks, we're hoping to hear back this week if we go to the next round!  We're VERY EXCITED!!  :-)))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

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