Us the Duo Shows America Their Talent... and Takamines

Us the Duo Shows America Their Talent... and Takamines

Back in the spring of 2012, Michael Alvarado and Carissa Martin were planning their wedding. The aspiring singer-songwriters had chosen to not sing at their own wedding, but just two weeks before the ceremony, they penned a song that changed all that. They realized that No Matter Where You Are was, in essence, their wedding vows to each other. With Michael playing his vintage G Series Takamine, Carissa covering percussion and video cameras rolling, the newlyweds performed the cool, upbeat tune for family and friends at their Claremont, CA wedding. 

A video of the performance went viral, encouraging Michael and Carissa to follow through with their musical dreams. They wrote more great songs, named themselves Us the Duo, acquired a new Takamine Pro Series P7JC and made a presence on a social media site featuring short performances of contemporary hits. Millions of views and subscribers later, along with a series of well-received college gigs, Us the Duo ended up on the NBC television show America's Got Talent, earning themselves a shot at the $1 million grand prize.

Michael's P7JC is one of the finest instruments crafted by the artisans at Takamine. Built by hand at our famous Japan-based R&D and manufacturing facility, the P7JC is a jumbo cutaway guitar with a resonant solid spruce top with scalloped "X" top bracing and solid rosewood back and sides for great clarity and forceful projection, a convenient Venetian cutaway for easy access to the upper reaches of the fingerboard, and elegant maple body binding with dark wood purfling and abalone rosette. It features Takamine's proprietary CTP-3 Cool Tube™ preamp system paired with the unique Palathetic™ under-saddle pickup for peerless amplified response.

The timing could not have been better for some well-deserved recognition. A few months earlier, Michael and Carissa had decided, in spite of the inherent uncertainties and instabilities of the music business, they would bet on love and start a family. Last week, during AGT's live quarterfinals in front of 10 million viewers, Michael and a very pregnant Carissa performed their new song Like I Did with You inspired by, and dedicated to, their soon-to-be-arriving daughter. The crowd and judges loved it and Us the Duo moved a step closer to the big payday. Regardless of the show's outcome, given their talent and authenticity, their already massive fan base, and the millions of prime-time fans they’ve just earned, it’s a sure bet life will only get sweeter for Michael and Carissa Alvarado once Us the Duo becomes Us the Trio.

Keep up with Us the Duo at their web site.

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