The group chose 'People Get Ready' as their signature song on Monday night's show, but unfortunately their Sing-Off journey ended prematurely when they were later eliminated from the competition, although the judges praised their powerful message and the emotion in their performance.
Messiah's Men group member David Wilson spoke to Digital Spy about their experience on the show and goals for the future:
Congratulations on your performance!
"Thank you, we had fun on the show but you know, it's a competition and the time that we spent on The Sing-Off and seeing the effort that every group made to be on the show, made us think every group deserved to remain and continue to compete. It was a good experience and we are very grateful to The Sing-Off for the opportunity to introduce us to a broader audience out there.
"We have gotten good feedback from some of our fans that they loved our performance and ultimately that's what we wanted, for our songs to be able to resonate with people who were listening and for them to feel what we feel when we get on the stage."
That's exactly what the judges said, that the emotion really came across...
"It was really great to hear that and it kind of vindicated what we have been doing over the years. Shawn [Stockman] and Ben [Folds] and Sara [Bareilles] are all very accomplished musicians so hearing from them we were able to connect our story and that people felt our emotions was great. We do believe that singing and music is beautiful but we have to connect with our audience emotionally.
"When we sing we love to tell about our story, not just about the challenges that the group members went through during the war in Liberia and living as refugees, but most importantly the triumph and hope that our message has, that no matter what difficult situations people find themselves in, there is always a better tomorrow to look forward to."
What was the significance of 'People Get Ready' for the group?
"We see the significance of the song being the message of hope given. The lyrics say, 'people get ready, there is a train coming'. Messiah's Men are essentially a gospel group and going on The Sing-Off and trying to sing to a broader audience has some challenges, especially in our song selection, to select a song that is both positive in its message and has a Christian connotation was very important.
"That song has a message of hope that life isn't just about here and now, it's a better tomorrow. People have varied beliefs about God and life after death and all of that, but we believe no matter what people's beliefs are, that song has a positive message. There is a train coming and it will take you to a better tomorrow, so that song was very important to us."
Watch Messiah's Men perform 'People Get Ready' below:
How does it feel being on The Sing-Off stage?
"It was nerve-wracking! We were very excited about the opportunity but I do remember after we did the opening song it finally occurred to us that after all the preparations, rehearsals, vocal, choreographing and everything else we did, this is it, this is the moment.
"That realization took a hold of us and we started to get nervous but we were talking to each other, pumping each other up, saying, 'let's go out there and give it our best shot', but it was nerve wracking."
What did you think of your performance?
"The feedback we got from the judges was very valuable but we felt that we gave it our best shot when we got out there. After watching the tapes we felt we did a better job singing the swansong than the main song and it was maybe because the weight was off our shoulders, but when we walked off the stage we all thought we gave it our best shot.
"The challenge of the show is to be able to learn a song and choreograph it and everything else within the given period of time and deliver it at a very high quality level, and those are some of the things that we will learn from.
"Prior to being on The Sing-Off if we had new songs you take your own time to do it and if you're not comfortable with the song you don't perform it. On The Sing-Off if you have a song to perform you have to go out there and deliver."
Watch Messiah's Men sing their swansong below:
What is next for Messiah's Men?
"Our ultimate goal still is to be able to reach a broader audience and get a good recording contract and good marketing effort out there so that we can continue to be relevant in a cappella music. We believe our unique Afrocentric style has a place in a cappella music here in the United States. We believe our story is a beautiful story that people need to hear.
"There are challenges going on in other parts of the world but there is hope as well. Our ultimate goal is to continue to use the opportunity The Sing-Off has afforded us to reach a lot of people. We will continue to work on our singing and some of the things the judges have said to allow us to be able to perform at a higher level."
Do you have plans to return to Liberia?
"I was there last November and December and it was wonderful being back home. It was surprising how much I realised that I had changed and adapted to life here. Liberia is a third world developing country and was afflicted by almost 50 years of civil war and the little that was there was destroyed, so the country is in the rebuilding stage. Unemployment is incredibly high and people live there in abject poverty.
"It was great being back home but my heart was breaking over the magnitude of needs people have there. The group as a whole have a goal to have a concert in Liberia. One of the things we've been doing over the years is supporting orphanages and children in need in Liberia so we'd like to have a good fundraising concert there to benefit the process we have been supporting."
Read more about Messiah's Men at their official website MessiahsMen.com.
The Sing-Off continues Monday at 8/7c on NBC