Father-Daughter Duet Brings America’s Got Talent To Its Feet

There are few bonds as strong as the father-daughter relationship. When Maurice and Shanice Hayes take to the stage, this comes across loud and clear. The two are street musicians, regularly singing in parks or on sidewalks to earn some money. But they’ve never had an audience as big as the one at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis.

It’s not just the musicality or the song. It’s the way they relate to one another. Maurice showcases his daughter’s talent, while displaying his own. Singing their harmonized, back-and-forth rendition of, “You’ve Got a Friend,” Maurice and Shanice highlight their special relationship to the audience. It’s as if they wrote the song – especially the line: “You just call out my name, and you know wherever I am, I’ll come running.”

The ballad, was, in fact, written by Carole King in 1971, and it remains a crowd-pleaser. It was originally released on King’s blockbuster album, Tapestry, which went on to achieve worldwide sales of 25 million copies. Tapestry is still heralded as one of music’s the most beloved albums. Rolling Stone named it 36 of the 500 Greatest Albums of all time.


The single, “You’ve Got a Friend,” was also released by James Taylor in 1971 off of his album Mud Slide Slim. His rendition reached number one on the U.S. charts. Taylor and King reportedly recorded their versions of the song at the same time – and they used many of the same musicians. The two have paired up, singing the song as a duet, at events in recent years.

The moving performance by Maurice and Shanice resonates with the audience and the judges – and maybe that is because we all can relate to friendship – and family. The fortunate – like Maurice and Shanice – have both in the same.

The Mayo Clinic says that friendships can increase our sense of belonging and reduce our stress. The Bible talks about friendship, even going so far as to say there is no better friend than one who lays down his life for us. That’s Jesus!

Here are three more thoughts from the Bible about friendship from Dr. Tabor.

1. Two are better than one. Our friends can help us complete tasks and achieve our goals. We can accomplish more together! They are also there to pick us up when we fall: “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

2. Friends help smooth out our rough edges. Friends help to make us the people we are. That’s why it’s important to choose friends wisely!! A true friend will tell you the truth in an effort to help you: As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. (Proverbs 27:17; Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy. Proverbs 27:6

3. Jesus is our friend. He gave his life for us, and He shows us who God is: No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15.

Because friendship means so much to us, we can find meaning in this song and this duo. The emotion is obvious in Maurice and Shanice. The judges and audience are moved, too. Did you hear what Shanice says when asked why she is crying? Her answer is telling.

Share this song today to encourage your friends and family!

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