The Texas Tenors, a trio of three-time Emmy Award winners and Billboard magazine's 2017 No. 10 Classical Crossover Artist, brought holiday cheer to the patients and staff at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Tampa before taking their Deep in the Heart of Christmas show to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts that evening.
Patient ambassador Bentley and Shriner tour guide Amor "Mac" McCommons led the group through the clinical departments, including rehabilitation services, where Bentley proudly introduced the physical and occupational therapists who help him maintain muscle function despite cerebral palsy. The group also received a lesson from the director of Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services – Southeast, LLC, on how braces and artificial limbs are made. Bentley enjoyed the song Santa Claus is Coming Tonight and even recorded his own version at home later that day.
Band members Marcus Collins, JC Fisher and John Hagen gave a generous donation to the hospital and presented handmade quilts to patients before heading off to prep for the show.
During the concert, members talked about their visit, showed video clips, and recognized Bentley and fellow patient Jazmin, who were in the audience.
Next up for The Texas Tenors is an appearance on NBC's America's Got Talent: The Champions, where the network brings back some former winners to compete. The Texas Tenors were contestant winners on the show in 2009. It premiers January 7.