PopLyfe, led by Berkeley High's Kehlani Parrish (center), at an earlier stage of America's Got Talent

Berkeley High junior Kehlani Parrish and her group PopLyfe reached the final four of America’s Got Talent this week. But the six-member group was the first to be voted off on last night’s results show.

Despite that disappointment, PopLyfe had a thrilling performance of “Higher Ground” with Stevie Wonder on the show. When told they would be performing with Wonder, the usually composed Parrish was clearly thrilled. “He’s the reason I started singing,” she said.

Following the performance of “Higher Ground”, Wonder was asked what he thought of PopLyfe’s talent. “They got it. I’m feeling it,” he said.

The segment with Stevie Wonder can be seen from about the 52-minute mark of last night’s show.

Judge Piers Morgan had some words of consolation for the group in his introduction last night. “Just by being here,” he said, “they did an incredible job.”

Parrish, following the elimination, said, “We had the best experience of our life… and we performed with our idol.”

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Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...