The quartet Sons of Serendip appeared on the show “America’s Got Talent” in 2014 and quickly became an audience favorite with their blend of classical music and contemporary, tackling songs like “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak and Evanescence’s hit “Bring Me to Life.”
The group is also visually striking for including a harp in their instrumentation, alongside cello and piano. Speaking with “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes, lead vocalist Micah Christian says that they formed the group almost organically while attending grad school at Boston University together.
“It really wasn’t a thing that we thought out too much,” he said. “Cordero [Rodriguez, pianist] and Kendall [Ramseur, cellist] had grown up together, and they became roommates, and Kendall was Mason [Morton, harpist]’s first roommate. I met all the guys and I was like ‘there’s something here that is different!’ We joked about doing a performance together in the future, but we never thought we’d actually do it.”
The group is performing at Spivey Hall on Feb. 16, a show that is something of a homecoming for Morton, a native Atlantan and graduate of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Youth Talent Development Program. He said that he’s grateful for his years of classical training and the opportunities he’s gotten, and he is enjoying the freedom that Sons of Serendip allows them.
“It’s fun to create, to be the composer,” he says, “to say oh, this is what I think, this is what I feel.”