MANILA, Philippines – Another young singer brought tears to the eyes of the America’s Got Talent judges and audience with a stunning performance of Donny Hathaway’s “A Song for You.”
Before he performed, 22-year-old Kodi Lee walked on to the stage accompanied by his mother Tina Lee, who explained to the judges that Kodi has blindness and autism.
“We found out that he loved music really early on. He listened and his eyes just went huge, and he started singing, that’s when I was in tears,” Tina told the judges.
“It actually has saved his life, playing music,” she said.
Kodi then took to the piano and began his performance, which earned a standing ovation from the audience, as well as judges Simon Cowell, Julianne Hough, Howie Mandel, and Gabrielle Union.
“What just happened there is extraordinary. I mean, really extraordinary,” said Simon, who went on to describe Kodi’s voice as “fantastic,” and said that he will remember that moment for the rest of his life.
Meanwhile, Gabrielle, speaking to Koi’s mom said “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 said, before pressing the coveted Golden Buzzer, sending Kodi to the competitions live shows round in Hollywood.
According to his website, Kodi, who is Korean-American, was born with optic nerve hypoplasia, and survived a life-saving surgery at age 5. He was also diagnosed with autism from an early age.
The singer has brought his musical talent to various venues, and was even invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City. – Rappler.com
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