Augustan survives first round of 'The Sing-Off'

 Augusta native Jamal Moore and his group, the YellowJackets, survived the first round of The Sing-Off Monday night.


They were first to perform on the season premiere. They sang Wavin' Flag by K'naan.

The graduate of Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School is currently a student at Eastman School of Music, which is part of the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. The YellowJackets, based at the university, are a male group that performs a capella, said Moore's mother, Barbara Allen Bush.

Hosted by multiplatinum recording artist Nick Lachey, The Sing-Off features 16 of the country's best a capella groups performing popular songs. The groups compete for America's vote, and the winner receives a Sony Music recording contract and $100,000, according to the show's Web site. Two of the groups were eliminated Monday night. The show airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. on WAGT-TV 26 (NBC).

Locally, Moore also received voice instruction from Patti Myers, a professor at Augusta State University.