Spouses got talent

12 Sep 2013 | Cpl. Sarah Cherry

Two Marine Corps spouses in the Beaufort community, recently competed in the NBC show America’s Got Talent as part of the American Military Spouses Choir.

The choir, formed in May 2012, excelled early in the season before being eliminated just short of the top 12. 

Angeline Brown of Culpepper, Va., performed with the American Military Spouses Choir and lives in the Beaufort area with her husband, Maj. David Brown of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island’s Legal Services Support Team. She has been singing her entire life.

“There was always music growing up,” said Brown. 

She started singing in a church choir at a young age and soon starred in musicals. She sang with the Virginia State Choir, and later attended the Virginia Governor’s School for the Visual and Performing Arts. Eventually she attended Virginia Commonwealth University as a voice major and performed with the Commonwealth Singers.

Brown and her husband have endured hardships and joys throughout his career in the Marine Corps, including multiple relocations and separations due to his career.

“I may not be the one in the boots, but this is my sacrifice for my country,” she said. 

Being able to perform in the American Military Spouses Choir has brought Brown together with others who share same passion.

“I never would have met these great people had it not been for the Marine Corps,” she said. 

One of those people is a fellow Marine Corps spouse in the Beaufort area, Olivia Gilliam-Lowe. Gilliam-Lowe’s husband, Capt. Casey Gilliam, is stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224.

Like Brown, Gilliam-Lowe, a Gleason, Tennessee native, has been singing her whole life. She first sang in public to the strumming of her dad’s guitar at the age of three, and sang at local events and at her church.

Gilliam-Lowe said she is very humbled and excited to sing with such an awesome group as the American Military Spouses Choir.

She said she is happy to be on the journey the Marine Corps is taking her family on, is proud of her husband’s accomplishments, and always waiting for the next adventure of military life.

For more information on the American Military Spouses Choir, please contact Joey Beebe, music director, at joey@cammomusic.org.