A blind and autistic young singer earned a Golden Buzzer in “America’s Got Talent” after inspiring judges and audiences with a rendition of Donny Hathaway’s “A Song For You.”
Kodi Lee, 22, was accompanied on Wednesday to the stage by his mother Tina who explained his condition to the judges.
Her mom said that her son, Kodi, is blind and autistic and that Kodi had loved music really early on. He listened and his eyes just went huge. And he started singing.
Kodi then sat on the piano and received a small pep talk from his mom before performing. The performance not only received applause from the audiences, but also a standing ovation from judges Gabrielle Union, Simon Cowell, Julianne Hough and Howie Mandel.
Hough, who was wiping her tears, was also all praises for Kodi saying, “I know everybody needs a voice and an expression and I really feel your heart, your passion. Your voice blew all of us away.”
Gabrielle added, “I’m a new judge this season and I’m also a new mom this year and it’s the toughest job I’ve ever had and the most rewarding job I’ve ever had. You just want to give your kids the moon, the stars and the rainbows. “Tonight, I’m going to give you something special,” she added.
She then pressed the Golden Buzzer which advances Kodi straight to the live finals in Hollywood.