Young Irish Tenor Talent Sings for 'Good'

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What you choose to do with your life is one of the most crucial decisions you ever make. Entertainers often have more power over this decision because of their enormous talents.

So when an entertainer chooses to do as much good as he can with his life, that can have a powerful impact on many lives.

Good is what 39-year-old Anthony Kearns, a founding member of The Irish Tenors, chooses to do. He chooses charity events and other venues where his singing can do the most good.

Often the most good happens, though, when a Kearns performance simply penetrates the heart and soul of a listener, and in response they head off to church for the first time in years. Or when a wounded one finds solace and their pain lessened. Or when they reach out to forgive or ask for forgiveness after years of hurt.

"People weren't talking for awhile and they got back together, and they're chatting and they're taking the first step. You know: put your differences aside, lift the phone and move on," Kearns told CBN News about what he's been told personally after fans have heard his singing.

Kearns has performed twice in recent months on Fox's "Huckabee" show. The show received more calls about him than any other performer ever on the show, with testimonies of people moving closer to God or to each other. Others told of a healing of their struggles after they were moved by his spiritual songs like "Ave Maria" or "The Lord's Prayer."

"I know people who at home have suffered from depression and various ailments and it's helped them through their suffering," Kearns said. "So it's my way of helping."

Viewers can experience his impact by watching the new PBS Special "Hallelujah Broadway," as Kearns and others sing famous Broadway hits with the deepest spiritual impact, such as "Bring Him Home" and "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord."

Kearns knows a thing or two about pain and woes from his own youth. He grew up poor enough in rural Ireland. He couldn't afford transportation to a major singing contest in Dublin, so he performed over the phone at his workplace.

"I equate it to today, it's like warming up and vocalizing in the hotel room for a function, and people think there's a lunatic next door," the singer said. "But you have to get this noise out!"

To participate in the finals, the young tenor hitchhiked his way across Ireland, winning as his reward. From there, it's been steadily upward.

He became the youngest member of The Irish Tenors. In 2006, he was voted "Ireland's Finest Tenor." In 2010, the Irish Music Association named him "Best Irish Tenor."

Kearns frequently performs as both a member of The Irish Tenors and a solo artist, singing with symphony orchestras around the world, along with his work in opera and televised concerts.

Kearns now makes his home in both Ireland and Florida. In January he became the lead tenor in the opera "Lucia di Lammermoor," with the Opera Naples Company in Florida. There he was hailed for his "once in a century voice."

And now Kearns just hopes to bless others, give back, and change the culture for the better.

You can learn much more about Anthony Kearns at his website.

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