Lee sang 'A Song For You' by Donny Hathaway and the judges and audience were left awestruck. His mother, Tina said she knew Lee was an "entertainer" early on and also highlighted how music had helped her son cope with the struggles of life
Ever since he sang A Song For You by Donny Hathaway on America's Got Talent, the visually impaired and autistic singer-musician, Kodi Lee is probably the most talked person in the entertainment and the music industry right now. No one expected his performance to be this good but there is just one name on the show right now and it's Kodi Lee. Lee wowed not just the judges but also people across the world. He has become an inspiration for people with disabilities everywhere. Here is an example that anyone can achieve their dreams no matter what and against all odds.
One could clearly see when Lee came on stage that the disability had severely affected his ability to even speak properly. People would have even wondered how he could possibly sing. However, once he began playing the piano and singing, it seemed like some sort of medicine had dissolved all his disabilities. For a person who would have seen Lee's performance in the middle, it wouldn't seem like Lee suffered from any ailment. It's was probably just the power of that universal language called music.
When he hit the first singing notes, the pin drop silence of the stage turned into sheer awe. One could hear mild gasps from the audience and some of these were probably from the judges who could not help move a muscle. They were too shocked and probably trying to comprehend how an autistic and blind boy could be such a storehouse of musical talent. Simon Cowell looked as if he had just experienced something spiritual. Probably he did. Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough were in tears merely minutes into the performance and Howie Mandel just kept his hand in his mouth for a while during his performance as though trying to stop himself from blurting out a loud cheer.
At the end of the 22-year-old's performance, he received a standing ovation not just from the entire audience but also from the judges. Lee delivered an inspirational performance for the ages and who better to be by his side than his mother, Tina who had waited for years, probably more than her son himself, for this particular moment. People saw Lee for just a few minutes but the struggle of taking care and bringing up an autistic child is something that Tina had been doing for years. She is also an inspiration to the many parents out who are taking care of their own autistic sons and daughters.
Tina shared her son's beginnings with music before Lee began and became an overnight sensation. She said he loved music "very early on. His eyes just went huge. He started singing and that's when I was in tears because that's when I realized, 'Oh my gosh, he's an entertainer.'" The judges gave Lee a direct berth to the finals of the show. Tina added that music allowed him to excel despite his struggles. "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."
I am sobbing and speechless. What an absolute superstar you are @Kodileerocks with a rockstar voice and a VERY proud mother. That is an audition people will remember forever and I am honoured to have had ‘You Are The Reason’ immortalising that moment. Thank you @AGT @SimonCowell https://t.co/7Vp9m9jlNs— Calum Scott (@calumscott) May 29, 2019
Sometimes I find American TV cheesy, this however is one of the most beautiful bits of TV I think I’ve ever seen. Kodi you are incredible and your lovely mum looked so incredibly proud. Loads of love— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) May 29, 2019
Cowell said about the performance, "What just happened there was really extraordinary. I'm going to remember this moment for the rest of my life." Union, who just became a mother herself, praised Tina for doing everything possible for her child. "I'm a new judge this season and I'm also a new mom this year. It's the toughest job I've ever had, it's also the most rewarding job I've ever had. You just want to give your kids, the moon, the stars and the rainbows. Tonight I'm giving you something special."
She then rewarded Kodi Lee with a golden buzzer, her first of the season. All four judges, including Howie Mandel and Julianne Hough, hugged Lee. Union told Kodi, "You just changed the world." Kodi's mother said, "Thank you Gabrielle, you just made Kodi's dreams come true."