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August 1, 2013 - Michael Palmer
Things seemed to start off on the right track on season 8 of America's Got Talent, I found myself rooting for country vocalist Marty Brown, an early favorite.

The carpenter impressed the panel with his take on a Bob Dylan classic, with his euphoric wife waiting backstage. Judge Howard Stern called him a "great, undiscovered talent" before sending him on to the next round. The viewers fell in love with his talent as well and have supported him faithfully throughout the competition.

But the professed amateur Marty may not be quite as "undiscovered" as advertised.

Though he's never had a substantial hit, Marty Brown released his debut album, High and Dry, in 1991 and won praise for it's 'raw energy, wide musical range, and unrepentant hillbilly attitude.'

According to online sources Marty was afraid of being pigeonholed as a hill billy and moved onto a more commercial sound for the 1993 follow-up, Wild Kentucky Skies; though it wasn't a hit, it helped continue to build Brown's fan base, as did his tour with Jimmie Dale Gilmore.

1994's Cryin', Lovin', Leavin' also failed to bring Brown to a wider audience, despite continued acclaim, and MCA parted ways with him afterwards.

Brown signed with the independent label Hightone and debuted for them in 1996 with Here's to the Honky Tonks, which again was released to favorable reviews. Therefore, I feel it is safe to say that Mr. Brown was a professional country artist and labeling himself as a carpenter is a deception.

While there are comics on AGT who have appeared on other talent reality shows I think it is wrong to deceive the american public like some low-life politician. Following this week's disastrous off-key debacle during which the former 'professional singer' destroyed a song in the quarter-finals, the duped voting public flocked to defend him and vote him onto the semi-finals.

It becomes even more upsetting when you see the 14 year old girl, who is a true amateur, cast aside allowing this charlatan to move on. Marty has already had his “shot” at fame and fortune in the industry and America has the right to know.

When I see so many young talented vocalists struggling for a chance to showcase their talents and desperate for their shot, this type of deception is hard to swallow. Come on Marty – man up and step down, this charade has gone on long enough!

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Article Comments



Aug-24-13 12:25 PM

Theres more HIDDEN talent in this valley than you realize, that never come forward.


Aug-01-13 10:53 PM

calm down, it is only a TV show.


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