The Texas Tenors are back for an encore.
The trio, which gained fame performing on the NBC reality series ''America's Got Talent,'' drew such an enthusiastic reaction at its 2010 performance that the Warren Civic Music Association brought the group back for its 2011-12 season.
Bob Balson, president of the association, said, ''That's just about the only group we've had back the very next year because they were so overwhelmingly received. They were one of the big reasons we sold out every seat in Packard Music Hall.''
Marcus Collins of the Tenors said it was a memorable performance for them as well.
''First of all, it was such a huge and enthusiastic crowd,'' he said during a telephone interview in Iowa. ''I remember looking at Packard Music Hall and remember thinking this is such a big space and a nice one, one of the nicer spaces on the tour. There was a palpable electricity about (that show).''
Most of all, he remembers the flag.
Patriotic music is one of the group's specialties, and the Tenors - John Hagen, JC Fisher and Collins - usually show flags on the video screens when performing the Lee Greenwood favorite ''God Bless the USA.'' In Warren the group used the venue's large flag.
''That was quite a moment to see with that giant flag dropping down,'' Collins said.
Those who saw last year's concert may be getting a return engagement, but they won't be getting a rerun. Tuesday's concert will be part of the Tenors' Christmas tour, and more than half of the program will feature seasonal favorites.
Collins said the set will mix familiar Christmas songs like ''Joy to the World'' with lesser-known songs like ''O Joyful Children'' and ''Believe'' from the movie ''The Polar Express.''
''John arranges all the music, and he's taken some of those Christmas songs you've heard but given them a Texas Tenors kind of spin,'' Collins said.
The trio takes a very hands-on approach to all aspects of its career. With the television platform that launched the group, the Tenors could have signed with different managers or pursued a record deal. Instead, they chose to be self-produced and self-managed for the time being.
Fisher handles many of the technical elements, from creating and sending out music charts for their orchestral concerts to producing video footage snippets. In addition to the arrangements, Hagen serves as the vocal liaison with the orchestras. And Collins does most of the interviews, works with the booking agents and helps with the production elements of the show.
Collins said they took on those responsibilities to maintain control of the direction of their career.
''One thing that's very important to us is singing the music we love and presenting ourselves the way we want to be presented,'' he said. ''When an act is taken over by a management company or a record label, you have to do what they want you to do.''
By maintaining control, they can continue to mix gospel and show tunes and country music in the set list, and by doing their own arrangements they can make sure the Tenors remain three equal voices instead of a lead singer and two backups.
Now, after two years of touring and more than 300 performances, they can show a label and a management company that their formula works.
That was the logic behind producing the next album before searching for a label. ''You Should Dream,'' which Collins hopes will be released in the spring, was produced by the trio with Nigel Wright, who's worked with Broadway composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and served as musical director on ''America's Got Talent'' and ''The X Factor.''
The disc features original songs like ''What Am I Going to Dream'' and the title track as well as the Tenors' take on such songs as ''Somewhere'' from ''West Side Story,'' The Rolling Stones' ''Wild Horses'' and the Righteous Brothers' ''Unchained Melody.''
''We have a 65-piece orchestra playing on all of the songs,'' Collins said. ''It's a Nashville rhythm section, an orchestra in Prague, we recorded the vocals in LA and it's being mixed right now in London. It's truly an international project for a bunch of Texas Tenors.
''If a record label had produced our next album, they'd be picking the songs, picking the arrangements. Now we can take the project we created to them, and they can distribute it and market it.''
The Tenors will sing a few songs from that upcoming album in Warren, and many of the Christmas songs heard next week will be included on a planned 2012 holiday release.
Collins encouraged those coming to see the band to take pictures and post them to Facebook - ''We answer every single Facebook message ourselves,'' he said - and the trio will stay at Packard Music Hall after the show as long as is needed to sign CDs and talk with fans.
''A lot of people like to share what the music means with them.''