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Act including Henderson native advances on ‘America’s Got Talent’

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 12:35 PM CDT
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HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) - A Henderson native was on national television Tuesday night.

According the the Facebook page for James Michael Baker, he’s from Henderson, but now lives in Philadelphia.

He’s part of the act “Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket.” Baker is listed as their “Funk Spiritualist” and is also known as Rumi Kitchen.

The group calls themselves a “funk joy dance experience.”

At first, the judges on America’s Got Talent didn’t know what to make of them, but by the time it was over, Simon said it was the best performance of the season.

Michael’s friends and family all watched from Henderson, and he says the hardest part has been keeping what happened a secret.

”We went out to LA in the beginning of April and filmed the show. Since then, we’ve known what happened, and we couldn’t really say anything. We didn’t know when it would be on TV. We had to keep it pretty tight for a while and it was pretty hard,” said Baker.

You can see the performance here:

You can see more of our interview with Baker here:

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