There wasn’t a dry eye in the room during the “America’s Got Talent” season premiere on Tuesday.
22-year-old Kodi Lee took the stage, led by his mother Tina, and quickly won over everyone’s hearts even before he started singing.
His mother explained that Kodi is both blind and has autism, and that he uses music to express himself.
“We found out that he loved music really early on,” she told the judges. “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.”
Kodi then sat at the piano and started performing Donny Hathaway’s “A Song for You”, absolutely stunning the audience and the judges with his remarkable voice.
“Not only do we feel the authenticity of what you do but you’re a great inspiration and a great talent. It was amazing,” Howie Mandel said.
With tears in her eyes, Julianne Hough added, “Your voice blew us all away. I heard you, I felt you and it was beautiful.”
“What just happened there was extraordinary,” Simon Cowell told Kodi. “Your voice is absolutely fantastic, you have a really beautiful tone. Thank you so much for trusting us on this show. I’m going to remember this moment for the rest of my life.”
Meanwhile, Gabrielle Union was so bowled over by Koi’s performance that she used her first ever golden buzzer, sending the extraordinary young talent straight to the finals.
The audience at home was equally stunned by Koi’s performance, praising him and sharing their tears on Twitter.