Son of SEMO voice instructor advances on 'America's Got Talent'

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Voice-over artist Matthew Piazzi will join tenor Neal E. Boyd in Las Vegas.

Piazzi appeared on NBC's talent competition show "America's Got Talent" briefly on Tuesday, but it was long enough to make it clear that he's moving on to the next round of the competition, the Las Vegas callbacks.

Piazzi, a New York native, is the son of Southeast Missouri State University voice instructor Judith Farris, who spent many years in New York as a Broadway voice coach.

Piazzi was shown briefly Tuesday between a variety of acts, from singers to magicians to a percussion team. The voice over artist was featured doing his impressions of George Clooney and Jack Nicholson.

Piazzi was passed on to the semifinals in Las Vegas, which begin Tuesday, where he'll join Sikeston, Mo., native and Southeast Missouri State University alumnus Boyd to compete for a $1 million prize and a Las Vegas show.

For more on Boyd, Piazzi and "America's Got Talent" visit semissourian.com/section/boyd.

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