A 22-year-old singer on America’s Got Talent has delivered a breathtaking performance in the show’s quarterfinals.
Kodi Lee, who was born with optic nerve hypoplasia and was diagnosed with autism at the age of four, brought judges Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough, Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel to tears while singing Simon & Garfunkel 1970 song ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ on Tuesday night. Watch the performance in the video above.
Moved by the performance, Cowell told Lee, “you continually amaze me and it made me realise when I watched [your audition] back, we are nothing without people like you. And furthermore, we are nothing without our audience who so generously share your clips so other people around the world can share your talent.”
Cowell also told Lee that Simon & Garfunkel legend Paul Simon swiftly approved the music rights for ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ for the young man to sing.
“I also want to thank Paul Simon who never really gives permission for anyone to sing this song because it’s very precious to him, and he gave clearance within 30 minutes because he saw your audition,” Cowell said. “But most importantly, you are generally one of the most extraordinary people and talents we’ve had the great fortune to have on any show we’ve ever made. God bless you.”
Lee’s audition for the show went viral after it aired in May. Lee sang Donny Hathaway’s ‘A Song for You’ and blew the judges away.
Watch Lee’s audition in the video below.