Garth Brooks has disinvited America’s Got Talent finalist Michael Ketterer from appearing at his October concert at Notre Dame Stadium in Indiana following the arrest of the aspiring singer for domestic violence. Ketterer performed a song that Brooks had written especially for him during the September 19th finale of America’s Got Talent and was asked by Brooks to sing at his Notre Dame engagement.
“We’re going to suit you up with a band. We’re going to put you out in front of 85,000 of the sweetest people you’ve ever played for before, and they’re going to be pulling for you like no other,” Brooks told Ketterer at the time.
However, Brooks informed fans during his Monday night Inside Studio G Facebook Live broadcast that Ketterer would not be appearing. Ketterer was arrested the day after the reality series’ finale following an altercation with his wife in their Los Angeles hotel room.
“Let’s address the Michael Ketterer situation. I called him this weekend. We talked, and we decided that it was better that he not appear at Notre Dame and perform there. That family, they will figure it out and they will find it within themselves,” Brooks said. “But Michael Ketterer will not be at Notre Dame.”
At the request of America’s Got Talent judge Simon Cowell, Brooks had written “The Courage to Love” for Ketterer to perform during the Season 13 finale. Magician Shin Lim was ultimately crowned the winner.
Brooks is set to become the first musician to perform at Notre Dame’s iconic college football stadium on October 20th.
Michael Ketterer, a pediatric nurse and father of five, won the hearts of America during his America’s Got Talent audition in August when he sang an emotional rendition of James Bay’s “Us.” The performance moved the audience and the judges, even bringing Simon Cowell to tears and earning him a coveted Golden Buzzer.
In a rare show of unbridled emotion, Cowell fought tears as AGT host Tyra Banks asked him for feedback on Ketterer’s performance.
“As I dad, I can’t imagine what you’ve done, and the fact that you’re on this show and you really need this. You’re a really, really special guy,” a visibly emotional Cowell said. “There’s just something about you.”
Leading up to Wednesday night’s AGT finals (September 19), Ketterer was a crowd favorite, due in part to his status as a humble, hard-working dad. He garnered even more attention when Simon Cowell challenged Garth Brooks to write a song for Ketterer. The shout-out went out to Brooks during the semi-finals and the country king didn’t hesitate to respond.
Garth got to work on a song for Ketterer to perform on finale night, and it did not disappoint. Ketterer took the stage Wednesday night and sang “The Courage to Love.” The performance wowed the judges and earned a standing ovation from the audience, but it wasn’t enough for him to win the 2018 season of America’s Got Talent.
The crowd was stunned that Ketterer placed 5th, but Simon made it clear that it was just the beginning for the talented dad.
“After the performance you did tonight with the song Garth wrote for you, hopefully and I believe it will change your life,” Simon said. “You and I are going to continue this relationship. You have been an absolute star throughout. I am so sorry you didn’t make it.”
Ketterer then revealed that he will joining Garth to perform the song at his sold-out concert at Notre Dame in November.
Watch Michael Ketterers full performance of “The Courage to Love” in the video below.
Michael Ketterer placed fifth on this past season of America’s Got Talent, and sang a song written by Garth Brooks for the show’s finale. He was set to perform with Brooks at the University of Notre Dame. But all that changed just days after the show ended, when he was arrested and charged with domestic violence after getting into a fight with his wife. (Ketterer told TMZ it was all a “misunderstanding.”)
Now, Brooks has rescinded the invitation to perform on stage with him. The country star cleared the air during his Facebook show, Inside Studio G:
“I think we were all raised this way, I’m sure you were probably raised the same way I was. You can’t just turn your back on things. You have to address them. So let’s just address the Michael Ketterer situation, and America’s Got Talent. I called him this weekend, we talked. We decided it was better he not appear at Notre Dame and perform there. That family, they will figure it out, and they will find it within themselves, and of course the good Lord above, they’ll figure that out. But Michael Ketterer will not be at Notre Dame.”
Fans also asked him about the single he wrote for America’s Got Talent, at the request of Simon Cowell. He said he’s considering recording the song himself to get it out to a wider audience:
“The song is ‘Courage of Love’ and we were talking about this. On TV, they’re always going to edit it down because they only have so much time. So how do you take a song that no one’s ever heard and edit it down? So they had two-and-a-half minutes for it, the song is about four minutes long. It’s a big beautiful ballad,” he said. “Here’s the deal: it’s a demo. It’s just something you write for somebody else. So it doesn’t even sound like me, it doesn’t sound like me at all. But we can fix this demo and get it out because the main thing is the song and its message.”
‘The Thunder Rolls’: How Garth Brooks’ controversial domestic abuse music video started a much-needed conversation
It’s not every day that a musician manages to make an impact on society with their work. However, when that does happen, you know it’s going to be something big.
‘The Thunder Rolls’ is one of Garth Brooks’ most popular songs and tells the story of a man who is cheating on his wife and is “headed back from somewhere he never should have been”.
Written by Brooks and long-time collaborator Pat Alger, ‘The Thunder Rolls’ originally had four verses, with the fourth verse only being played by Brooks in live concerts. That particular verse concluded the story by implying that the man’s wife either shot him or herself, and even though he didn’t include it on the officially released track, Brooks had plans for the vision behind that verse.
Brooks decided to use the theme of domestic violence in the music video of the song, which shows the husband and wife fighting and ends with the wife killing the husband. Though it did very well with test audiences, the video was banned by networks for its graphic and realistic depiction of domestic abuse.
It was one of the darkest moments in Brooks’ career with the whole nation debating whether or not his video was glorifying abuse, which in hindsight was a ridiculous idea considering the entire point of the song was to be a cautionary tale.
But, irrespective of what Brooks had intended, the song became a topic of controversy nationwide. Until women started talking about it, that is.
A number of women’s groups and organizations that work with survivors of domestic abuse began coming out in support of the video. Almost overnight, the tables were turned and the same people who decried Brooks were now praising him.
It got to the point where VH-1, who don’t generally run country music videos that often, announced that they would be adding ‘The Thunder Rolls’ to their playlists.
What was once a stain on Brooks’ career ended up being one of his greatest achievements.
And the cherry on top? The video went on to win Music Video of the Year at the Country Music Awards.
You can learn more about this story and more interesting moments from Garth Brooks’ life in his brand new documentary ‘Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On’ airing on A&E. Part 1 of the documentary will be dropping on December 2 at 9 PM ET, with Part 2 following the next day at the same time.
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Garth Brooks won’t sing with ‘AGT’ finalist Michael Ketterer after domestic violence arrest
A night after the “America’s Got Talent” Season 13 finale, where finalist Michael Ketterer placed fifth, he was arrested on a charge of felony domestic violence.
Garth Brooks rescinded his offer to have an “America’s Got Talent” finalist perform with him at his historic show at Notre Dame, the singer revealed Monday night.
Michael Ketterer was arrested on Thursday – a day after he placed fifth on the “AGT” finals – on domestic violence allegations.
Brooks said he called Ketterer over the weekend, and they decided it was better if he didn’t sing at Notre Dame.
“I think we were all raised this way. I’m sure you were probably raised the same way I was. You can’t just turn your back on things … you have to address them, so let’s just address the Michael Ketterer situation and ‘America’s Got Talent,'” Brooks said Monday on his live-streamed video series, “Inside Studio G.”
“Called him this weekend. We talked, and we decided that it was better that he not appear at Notre Dame and perform there,” Brooks said.
Los Angeles Police Department Officer Drake Madison told USA TODAY that Ketterer, a favorite of fans and judge Simon Cowell, was arrested late Thursday afternoon in Hollywood. Just the night before, Ketterer sang a song written for him by Brooks during the “AGT” Season 13 finale.
Ketterer, who made the top five and finished fifth on the NBC talent competition series, has received great praise for his work and family life. The singer is a pediatric nurse and father of six (including five adopted from foster care). He was Cowell’s Golden Buzzer.
“I was pulling for him. I’m not going to lie,” Cowell said after Ketterer’s Wednesday performance of “The Courage to Love,” with Brooks offering encouragement via video. Magician Shin Lim ultimately won the Season 13 crown.
“When he sang the Garth Brooks song, it was one of those magic moments where the song connected, he connected, his voice was better, you could feel it in the crowd,” said Cowell, who also is an “AGT” executive producer and music executive. Cowell, speaking on the post-show red carpet, said he planned to work with Ketterer on his music career.
NBC declined comment on Ketterer’s arrest. A representative for Cowell has not responded to USA TODAY’s request for comment.
Contributing: Bill Keveney; Maggie Jones, The Tennessean
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‘America’s Got Talent’ Finalist Michael Ketterer Is Not Performing at Garth Brooks’ Concert Following Arrest
Garth Brooks took to Facebook Live on Monday (Sept. 24) to announce that Michael Ketterer will not be singing at his Notre Dame concert on Oct. 20 following the America’s Got Talent finalist’s arrest.
“Called him this weekend, we talked. We decided it was better that he not appear at Notre Dame and not perform there,” Brooks said during his Inside Studio G live stream. “That family will figure it out and find it within themselves, and of course the good Lord, and figure it out. Michael Ketterer will not be at Notre Dame.”
The 41-year-old pediatric mental health nurse was taken into custody Sept. 20 on a domestic violence charge. Police were called during a fight with his wife in their Hollywood hotel room, though Ketterer called the whole incident a misunderstanding.
Brooks also discussed the fate of “The Courage to Love,” a song he wrote for Ketterer’s AGT final performance. “I’ll tell you what, we’ll just stick it in the system,” he said. “What we should do, how do we get it to the people? Here’s the deal: it’s a demo. It’s just something you write for somebody else. So it doesn’t even sound like me, it doesn’t sound like me at all. But we can fix this demo and get it out because the main thing is the song and its message.”
Watch the live stream below.
Yes, Garth and Michael fans: It did end up happening.
Before the top 10 contestants found out their fate on the America’s Got Talent finale last night, the show opened with a bunch of surprise performances. First, Kiss took the stage to sing their classic “Detroit Rock City.” That was followed by a lot of collaborations between AGT contestants and famous faces, such as Glennis Grace and Bebe Rexha, Courtney Hadwin and the Struts, and David Spade and Vicki Barbolak. But to many, the highlight of the show was when Michael Ketterer got his wish: To sing a song Garth Brooks wrote for him.
The new song, entitled “Courage to Love,” moved the audience and judges alike — especially Simon Cowell, who has always had a soft spot for Michael.
“Garth, if you’re watching … I cannot tell you how much I love you for what you did for this man,” Simon declared after Michael’s performance. He went on to call the country singer a “gentleman and a star” before moving on to Michael to say he was “amazing.”
Simon wasn’t the only one who found the Garth-Michael combo to be magical. Folks on Twitter seemed to really like the collaboration as well.
What an amazingly beautiful song you guys wrote for Michael! Definitely can’t wait to hear it again, hopefully at Notre Dame! Great performance & great lyrics!👍🏻🎶#AGT #AGTFinale #CourageToLove
— Janelle (@garth_spn24) September 20, 2018
@garthbrooks wrote a beautiful song for @Ketterermusic. The words to #CouragetoLove are heartfelt and needed in our world. Garth you are so talented, and a true gentleman for giving of yourself to help others. A great role model to Michael. Keep living that good life fellas. #AGT
— 5coat (@fivecoat_gerry) September 20, 2018
No freakin way did Garth Brooks write a song for Michael Ketterer #AGTFinale #AGT #AGTFinal pic.twitter.com/hKr9II4O8u
— Drew (@JustRollinOn86) September 20, 2018
Garth, you are a superstar, and Michael, you are amazing! #AGT #AGTFinale
— Jack Drees (@JackDrees) September 20, 2018
Garth Brooks. Humble and geniune. That is how you remain a superstar. It goes beyond talent. 👏👏#GarthBrooks #agt #AGTFinale #AmericasGotTalent
— Michael Dean Shelton (@michaeldean0116) September 20, 2018
The whole possibility of the two working together first came about when Simon called out Garth in the middle of the semi-finals episode to ask if he would write Michael a song should he make it into the finale.
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“I want to see you in the final with a killer song to make your dreams come true, Michael,” the producer declared on the show.
There was then a bunch of speculation over whether or not that would actually happen, with Michael himself telling GoodHousekeeping.com that he wasn’t 100% sure it was a sealed deal.
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“You don’t know what’s going to happen,” Michael told us previously. “There have been times where I go to dress rehearsals with one song and right before they go ‘we’re going to do the other song.’ It’s wild.”
But as it turns out, they did end up working together. And although Michael didn’t win last night, he did hint (and reports confirm) that he will be performing with Garth at his concert in Notre Dame. In other words, this is definitely not the end for Michael — he’s just getting started.
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