WSU alumna to appear on ‘America’s Got Talent’

By Alexiss Turner, WSU Student Affairs

wsus blakey-americas-got-talent PULLMAN, Wash. – Lareesa Marquette-Blakely, a ’15 WSU alumna, will perform on “America’s got Talent,” 8 p.m. (Pacific Time) Tuesday, Aug. 29, on NBC.

Blakey is part of the 43-member gospel choir Danell Daymon & Greater Works. The choir will participate as part of the live show quarterfinals. Winners who move on to the semifinals are determined by public vote.

While at WSU, Blakey was a member of the WSU Black Student Union and Black Women’s Caucus. During her sophomore year, she became the director of God’s Harmony, a faith-based WSU registered student organization and gospel choir that still performs regularly in the Pullman community.

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WSU alum Lareesa Marquette-Blakey to participiate in “Americas got-Talent” Tuesday, Aug. 29. Coug students and alumni encouraged to vote.

“My goal was to encourage others to try their best and to build an organization that would last for years after I was gone,” she said.

Danell Daymon & Greater Works was recruited by “America’s got Talent” producers and has been performing on the show since June. Blakey said the choir’s performances focus on worship, but appeal to all audiences through genuine emotion and spirit.

To vote for Danell Daymon & Greater Works, download the official America’s Got Talent mobile app (, vote online ( or call the toll-free number assigned to each act during the show.

For information, contact Alexiss Turner, WSU Student Affairs Marketing, 509-335-8372,