Blind Man With Autism Kodi Lee Earns Golden Buzzer

Blind Man With Autism Kodi Lee Earns Golden Buzzer

22-year-old Kodi Lee brought the judges to tears with his powerful audition on America’s Got Talent. Kodi is blind with Autism.


He was escorted onstage by his mother, Tina. She shared Kodi’s story with the judges and how music has completely changed his life. She said, "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." Then, Tina guides her son over to the piano and gives him a quick pep talk. That’s when he starts to sing and play Donny Hathaway's "A Song For You."

As soon as he hit that first note, everyone was in complete awe. This young man has such an incredible voice and tone. The judges had nothing but praise for Kodi after the audition was over.

Judges Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough even had to wipe away tears from their eyes. Howie Mandel said, “You’re a great inspiration and great talent and it was amazing.” But it was Judge Gabrielle that was completely moved by inspiring performance.

She said, “I’m also a new mom this year. It’s the toughest job I’ve ever had and the most rewarding job I’ve ever had. You just want to give your kids the moon, the stars, and the rainbows. And tonight, I’m going to give you something special.”

That’s when she leaned over the table and hit the golden buzzer for the very first time this season. Now, Kodi is headed straight to the live shows and he’ll have the opportunity to compete for the grand prize on America’s Got Talent.