Perseverance and talent can get you places you only dreamed about. In this case, the 22-year old Kodi Lee wowed the judges and audience of ‘America’s Got Talent’ time and again. He was crowned the winner of the 2019 ‘AGT,’ on the 18th of September, finale night.
Since the beginning, when he sang a rendition of ‘A Song for You’ by Donny Hathaway, he had won the hearts and minds of the judges. They teared up while the audience gave him a standing ovation. He received the ‘golden buzzer’ from Gabrielle Union for his auditioning performance. The golden buzzer ensured his advance to the last round.
On the finale night, he gave an outstanding and emotional performance. He sang Calum Scott’s ‘You Are The Reason’ along with Grammy Nominated singer Leona Lewis while deftly playing the piano. The performance was moving enough to make the entire audience sway to the beat.
He gets to take home 1 million dollars and the chance to perform, and headline shows at the Paris Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas for three days! When asked what he was going to spend all the money on, he replied: ‘I will buy lots of grand pianos in every color.’
He was born with optic nerve hypoplasia and had to undergo surgery at only five days old. He was then diagnosed with autism. But, none of this has negatively influenced his musical ability or his drive.
The singing sensation does have a Youtube channel with 287,000 subscribers. His mother has been there for him throughout his musical journey. She said: ‘Through music and performing, he was able to withstand living in this world because when you’re autistic, it’s really hard to do what everybody else does. It actually has saved his life, playing music’.
She was present with him on-stage through every performance. She is very proud of him and is thrilled that he could share his talent with the world.
His latest post on Instagram showcases him expressing his excitement of performing in Las Vegas. We know he’s going to continue winning the hearts of his audience with his musical talent.
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I hope to see you all in Vegas…BabAAyyy!!! I’m performing at the @AGTLiveTour with some of my #AGT friends in November! HECK YEAH!! 😎❤️ Find tickets at: AGTVegas.com #changingtheworld #dontgiveup #autismawareness #love #support #musicalprodigioussavant #together #heckyeah #thankyou