Former Stratford FLIK employee sings on ‘America’s Got Talent’

Dishwasher Elijah Bell makes it to semifinals with gospel choir

September 19, 2017

A year ago, Elijah Bell was washing dishes in the lunchroom at Stratford Academy.

A few weeks ago, he was on stage, singing in front of millions of people on “America’s Got Talent.’’

Bell, 29, is a member of the gospel choir, DaNell Daymon & Greater Works. The choir is based in Washington, D.C. He is in the only member from Georgia and rehearses with the singers via Skype. The group made it to the semifinals of the NBC-TV show.

He sang a solo on the song, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” a song made popular by a rock band, Aerosmith.

Bell worked at Stratford for three years. He saw many trays coming through the window to be washed.

“I loved the kids throwing things at me,” he said, laughing. “The staff in the back was great. We had a lot of fun.”

He joked that the FLIK staff didn’t allow him to cook. “I wasn’t very good,” he said.

The singing group did not advance past semifinals, but Bell said they had a great time doing what they love.

In YouTube video below, Mr. Bell’s solo begins at the 1:07 mark.

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