Portland singer Jimmie Herrod guest stars with the Ron Steen Band at Wilf's Restaurant, with Dennis Caiazza on bass and Ron Steen on drums.

Portland singer Jimmie Herrod guest stars with the Ron Steen Band at Wilf's Restaurant, with Dennis Caiazza on bass and Ron Steen on drums, in this photo from 2018.

Oregon Art Beat

It seems the rest of the country is catching on to something we’ve know for awhile: Portland’s Jimmie Herrod has a voice that stops you in your tracks. He stunned the judges on “America’s Got Talent” Tuesday night, performing “Tomorrow,” from the musical “Annie.”

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Herrod, who grew up in Tacoma, Washington, so wowed judge Sofia Vergara that she bestowed upon him the “Golden Buzzer,” which gives Herrod a free pass to the show’s live-show rounds later in the summer.

Meanwhile, another Portland singer, Storm Large, made waves on the show last week when she advanced after singing “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.”

OPB’s “Oregon Art Beat” has been following these singers, who have both performed with the Northwest Jazz ensemble Pink Martini, for years. See below for our video stories on both artists:


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