J4 on the Floor of the US House of Representatives

April 14, 2009 — 2 Comments

US Congressman Phil Roe of Tennessee made the following statement on the floor of the US House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. last week:

“Madame Chairwoman, I rise today to congratulate Jessi, Jedediah, Josiah, and Josephine Smith, better known as ‘J4’ who were declared the winner of the CBS Early Show’s Singing Family Face Off this week.    The competition began months ago, when roughly 700 videos of family bands performing were submitted by Early Show viewers.

“The ‘J4’ siblings performed the Mary Mary’s song, ‘Shackles,’ on the Early Show, which advanced them to the finals. CBS said they were chosen as the winner based on votes through the network’s website. 

“‘J4’ is made up of four siblings, aged 7 to 15, all with names beginning with the letter ‘J,’ from the Smith family of Bluff City, Tenn. The oldest two have played for a couple of years for services at the church across the street from their home, where their dad, Mark, is pastor.   

“The Smith kids are the children of Mark and Lori Smith.  They’re homeschooled and very involved in music including piano and violin.

“Congratulations again to ‘J4’!  They make East Tennessee proud.

“I yield back the balance of my time.”

Tell me that’s not cool! 




2 responses to J4 on the Floor of the US House of Representatives

    Linda Chambers April 14, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    I was one of those many using that website to vote for them and I say this is awesome! Such a tribute.

    Heather Grover April 15, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Oh my word! I can’t believe he would take the time to mention that on the floor. That speaks volumes to what an impact those kids are already making…praise God 🙂 🙂

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