From a young age, Kodi Lee took to music.
Born with autism and blindness, Lee’s life is very different from others, but as his mom told the judges of “America’s Got Talent,” music has allowed her son a sense of normalcy he doesn’t get elsewhere.
Tina Lee explained:
“We found out that he loved music really early on. He listened and his eyes just went huge. He started singing and that’s when I was just in tears because that’s when I realized he’s an entertainer. 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 everyone else does. It actually has saved his life playing music.”
Just before taking to the piano, the 22-year-old told the judges, “I’m ready,” and then he started to play.
Watch Lee’s performance below:
As Lee’s voice and talent shocked Simon Cowell and made Julianne Hough’s eyes fill with tears, the crowd gave Lee a standing ovation.
“I’m going to remember this moment for the rest of my life.”
But perhaps it was Gabrielle Union’s response to Lee’s performance that got the biggest reaction. The new mom and actress pressed her Golden Buzzer sending Lee straight to Hollywood.
Fans were also in shock by Lee’s undeniable talents:
He’s pitch perfect, his range is incredible, musical talent is FUMING – brought me to tears wow
Authentic, Emotional, Brilliant and Miraculous.
I think I lost an eyeball crying. He has Elton John talent
Undeniably, this is the most tear jerker, emotional and inspiring audition ever witnessed.
I have the honor to hear Kodi sing frequently where I live. He is in a band where he plays keyboards and is one of the lead singers. I am so, so, so happy for you Kodi!
Lee’s performance last night immediately went viral.