There are a ton of standouts on the current season of “America’s Got Talent,” but the star that shines the brightest continues to be pianist/singer, Kodi Lee.
The young star lit up the stage Tuesday night at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood for the live quarterfinals of the show, and performed “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel.
The pianist received a standing ovation from the judges and the crowd as Kodi and his mother soaked in all the love. Several judges and crowd members were fighting back tears while telling the young man what an inspiration he has become.
“AGT” judge Simon Cowell gushed over Kodi’s performance and remarked that the author of the song, Paul Simon, rarely allows shows and other productions use of that particular song, because it means so much to the 77-year-old star.
Cowell said once Paul Simon heard Kodi’s story and listened to his music, he signed off on the performance without hesitation. Kodi blew the crowd away weeks ago and received the golden buzzer from judge Gabrielle Union during his audition.
During his backstory, where it was revealed that Kodi is blind and autistic, his mother noted that music changed her son’s life when he immersed himself in performing.
“I realized he’s an entertainer,” she said, explaining that, “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.”