Olivia Calderon has been singing since she was a youngster, and the detention officer from Tempe, Arizona had the opportunity to showcase her voice for the “America’s Got Talent” judges on Tuesday night’s show.
Calderon, 47, introduced herself to the judges to reveal she’s “been in the corrections field for 21 years,” but has “always dreamed of being a professional singer.”
With that, she launched into a powerful Spanish-language version of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” that brought the audience — and two of the judges — to their feet.
“You sang that song, which we have all heard so many times, and it was yours,” said judge Julianne Hough.
“I’d love to be the first person to say yes,” added Simon Cowell before the rest of the judges chimed in, putting her through to the next round.
In an interview with Arizon’s 12 News, Calderon shared her philosophy of singing.
“Music is magic, and if you can use that to reduce some of the behaviour that’s taken place or what you’re feeling inside, then I do that,” she said. Watch: