KODI Lee is the 22-year-old singer who stunned America’s Got Talent judges and the world with his rendition of Donny Hathaway’s A Song For You.
Kodi – who is blind and autistic – wowed the audience after his mother had opened up about the struggles he deals with on a daily basis. But what else must you know about this talented young man? Let’s find out…
Who is Kodi Lee on America’s Got Talent?
Kodi Lee entered season 14 of America’s Got Talent.
The Southern California native says that any day he gets to grace the stage and perform will ultimately make it a great day for him.
Despite being diagnosed with autism and having no vision in either of his eyes, Kodi hasn’t let much stop him from his true potential in becoming the next big thing.
His mother Tina had told the judges that being a singer is Kodi’s life-long dream, before going on to add that even when her son was an infant, the only thing he wanted to do was perform.
“We found that he loved music really early on,” she said.
“He listened and his eyes just went huge. He started singing, and I was in tears… that’s when I realized, ‘He’s an entertainer’.”
It went without saying that when Kodi opened his mouth and even just sang the first couple of words to Donny Hathaway’s song, it was hard to believe that he was even singing.
Following his incredible performance, Kodi Lee was greeted to a standing ovation from all four judges – Julienne Hough, Howie Mandell, Gabrielle Union and Simon Cowell.
“I know everybody needs a voice and an expression,” Julianne, who rose to fame on the US dancing show Dancing With the Stars. “Your passion and your voice blew all of us away. I just want to say I heard you, and I felt you, and that was beautiful”.
Nobody, however, seemed as moved as Gabrielle.
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The Hollywood actress shared how touched she was to know Kodi’s story and see how he hasn’t allowed any of his struggles to get in the way of his passion.
She said: “I’m a new judge this season, and I’m also a new mom this year.
“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… and tonight, I’m gonna give you something special”.
Gabrielle’s comments followed with the award-winning star hitting the golden buzzer, which ultimately meant that Kodi was sent straight to the season 14 Hollywood live show.