After months of negotiations, which also included a trip to Ozark Mountain Country, producer Qadree El-Amin, CEO and founder of South Paw Entertainment in Beverly Hills, recently announced South Paw has signed Branson entertainers Michael, Avery, and Nadia Cole, better known as the Voices of Glory.
“We are very excited to sign this very talented young family,” El-Amin said. “Talent with likes of Voices of Glory is a very rare find — a group that has not one, but three extremely gifted singers that together have the perfect harmonies you can only find with siblings.”
El-Amin is largely recognized for his success working with Boyz II Men, as well as managing superstars such as Michael Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Janet Jackson and Teddy Riley & Blackstreet.
“You have to be able to touch people, vocally, and they do that,” El-Amin said. “They have a really nice show, they’re tight, and they’re professional.
“I look at myself as an idol maker … and in the music business, the best artists are the ones who come from a family.”
The Coles first started singing together in 2007 after their mother, Felicia, was in a head-on car collision with a drunken driver. They began performing at nursing homes and on other floors in the hospital and shortly after their mother emerged from her coma, they were picked to perform on “America’s Got Talent.”
Their stint on the show gave the Cole family their first taste of national fame as they became Top 5 finalists. Once “America’s Got Talent” was in the books, the family began touring the country before settling down to perform in Branson.
They are currently in the third year of headlining their own show, “Ayo,” at the Hughes Brothers Theatre.
Gerard Cole, the group’s manager for the past six years, and their parents, Michael and Felicia Cole, said they will continue to be active in the groups day-to-day operations.
“Partnering up with Southpaw Entertainment is like a perfect storm,” Gerard Cole said. “The group is very seasoned, and Mr. Amin has the expertise and experience to take this amazing group to the next level.”
As one may expect, the Cole siblings are extremely excited about the opportunity before them.
“Knowing that we have God, family, and Mr. Qadree working together with us is very humbling,” a release stated. “(It) gives us a real reason to believe that the sky is definitely the limit for us. Exciting.”
As far as what the future holds, El-Amin said he doesn’t see anything the trio couldn’t do.
“There is always room in this business for a family group.” El-Amin said. “Look at the Isley Brothers, Sister Sledge, the Judds and groups like that. I never compare one artist to the next, but I look at the characteristics and qualifications of other artists, and look for new artists who will fill that void, and that’s what it’s about.”
El-Amin said he hopes the Voices of Glory will be able to show off some new music early next year.
“You know how it is when the New Year rolls around, everyone is motivated and looking to do even more than they did the year before, and do it better,” he said. “I’m excited about working with them and put them on record.
“They are a great group and they are going to make it whether I’m with them or not, but I’m glad I have the opportunity to be with another group that will be on the charts, on TV, award shows and things like that.”
For tickets, additional information, and a full schedule, visit the group’s website at thevoicesofglory.com or call the box office at 417-334-0076.