10 Facts On ‘AGT’ Violinist Brian King Joseph
One contestant that has made a big impact on viewers this season on America’s Got Talent is Brian King Joseph. Here are 10 facts about the electric violinist who has stolen the hearts of fans across the country.
- A self-taught violinist, Brian has been performing music since the age of four while growing up in Washington, DC.
- Brian eventually went on to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston – in fact, he received a Full Presidential Scholarship to the institution in 2012!
- Brian suffers from a condition called neuropathy, a sensory nerve disease that causes tingling in the feet and hands and eventually prevents the nerves from working. During one of his appearances on AGT Brian claimed that his doctors told him the disease would have already stopped him from playing the violin at this time in his life, but clearly he’s still going strong with his music!
- As part of the Reggae band Lucky Dub, Brian toured the country and even performed for the Mayor of DC and Supreme Court Justice Sotamayor.
- Brian has also joined other touring acts as a violinist, including Machine Gun Kelly and George Clinton & P Funkadelics.
- Prior to competing on AGT, Brian participated in a couple of ventures with MTV, appearing on The Real World and winning the network’s “Cover Of The Month” music contest.
- Brian’s YouTube channel currently has over 94,000 subscribers. His violin cover of the Fetty Wap song “679” has garnered well over one million views since being posted back in 2015.
- Machine Gun Kelly, Fetty Wap, and Mike Posner have praised Brian for his music (through touring, the “679” video, and the Cover Of The Month contest, respectively) but Brian’s talents have also been recognized by artists such as Snoop Dogg and Keke Palmer.
- Other opportunities Brian has got through his music have included being featured in commercials and taking on collaborations with various lifestyle brands and event programmers.
- Brian is the first violinist to ever make it to the final round on America’s Got Talent, though it remains to be seen whether or not he’ll also be the first to take home the win. Regardless, it’ll be especially interesting to see where his career goes from here, since one of AGT’s most successful alumni is none other than fellow electric violinist Lindsey Stirling (who finished a lot lower than Brian in the competition).
Be sure to tune in to NBC on Tuesday at 8/7c to watch the final competitive performances from Brian and the other America’s Got Talent finalists, and again on Wednesday at 8/7c for the special two-hour finale featuring special guest performances (including famed rock band KISS as the show’s opening act) and the announcement of the Season 13 champion.