“Gabrielle gave me the Golden Buzzer. I’m so excited!” exclaims Kodi Lee after his emotional audition that aired during NBC’s Season 14 premiere of “America’s Got Talent.” In Kodi’s YouTube interview (watch above), the blind singer with autism reveals that he started playing the piano when he was only two years old. “I love playing piano,” he smiles after his flawless performance of Donny Hathaway‘s “A Song for You.”
As you’ve no doubt seen several times now, Kodi earned four unanimous “yes” votes from “AGT” judges Gabrielle Union, Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel and Julianne Hough. Gabrielle was so impressed that she slammed her hand down on the Golden Buzzer. “I just remember how amazing they were,” Kodi’s mother Tina Lee chimes in. “I remember their faces. I was so much in shock that their faces were so peaceful.”
“I will never forget that moment,” Kodi adds about new judge Gabrielle choosing him as her very first Golden Buzzer act. As for where he sees himself in the future, the talented performer proclaims, “I want to be a rock star. I want to perform for millions of people.” Kodi’s dream has already partly come true, as his audition video has been viewed by millions of “AGT” fans worldwide.
Tina declares that she’s “excited for the world to experience Kodi.” Since Kodi earned the Golden Buzzer that means he automatically advances to the live shows, so he won’t be seen on “America’s Got Talent” for a long while. Auditions continue for the next few weeks, followed by the pre-taped Judge Cuts round, then the live shows will finally take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty wrote the following about Kodi’s performance: “The final act of the premiere was singer and pianist Kodi Lee. On stage with his mother who told the story of how although he’s blind and autistic, Kodi reacted to and learned music very early on in his life to positive results, ultimately saving his life. For his audition, he played the piano and sang Donny Hathaway’s ‘A Song for You,’ bringing tears to Julianne, Gabrielle and Howie’s eyes and earning a raving ovation from everyone in the room.”