Even late in the afternoon when the shadow of Cowee Mountain stretches across the family tire shop, passersby can catch the bright notes of Appalachian bluegrass drifting from the back room of the service station where Mountain Faith – the SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards nominated band from Sylva, North Carolina – rehearses between customers. Everybody’s there: Sam McMahan keeping time on bass, Summer McMahan playing the fiddle and singing lead and harmony, Brayden McMahan plucking the banjo and singing harmony, Luke Dotson strumming the guitar and singing lead and harmony, and Cory Piatt picking the mandolin.
Since 2000, Mountain Faith has played their unique brand of bluegrass to audiences in civic centers, auditoriums, arenas, fair grounds, parks, and churches across the United States and Canada. Their fresh Appalachian take on gospel, bluegrass, folk, R&B, and pop music has earned them televised appearances on Daystar and, most recently, America’s Got Talent. When not touring the bluegrass festival circuit, Mountain Faith performs on the stage of Dollywood where they have quickly become a crowd favorite.
Getting to know Mountain Faith is easy; their humility, kindness, and love of community shine through on the stage and in casual conversation. Above all else, they are thankful for the opportunities God has provided through music.
Mountain Faith’s 2015 AGT Journey:
“On January 2, the band sat down to discuss our goals for the year,” Summer says. “We talked about auditioning for America’s Got Talent but decided against it.” What the band didn’t know was that Summer’s mom overheard the conversation and quietly raced upstairs to submit a video to AGT.
Just two days later, Mountain Faith was playing a bluegrass festival near St. Louis, Missouri. And that’s when they got the call: AGT invited them to the auditions in St. Louis. “We still can’t believe how it worked out! The fact that we’re getting to play Radio City Music Hall – the same stage as Alison Krauss – is so exciting and humbling.”
After their bluegrass cover of OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” earned four “yes” votes from the celebrity judges, Mountain Faith’s future on America’s Got Talent certainly seems bright.