04 June 2019
By Ellie Palmer
Kodi Lee brought the judges to tears with his rendition of 'A Song For You' by Leon Russell
TV talent shows can often get too caught up in heartbreaking back stories and emotional moments, but 22-year-old Kodi Lee genuinely did cause more than a few teary eyes when he performed in front of the America's Got Talent judges.
The young pianist/singer, who hails from California, shocked everybody with his rendition of 'A Song For You' by Leon Russell.
Stepping onto the stage with the help of his mother, his condition was apparent immediately. However, the moment he sat down to begin playing, he completely transformed.
"We found out that he loved music really early on. He listened, and his eyes just went huge!" explained his Mother. "He started singing, and that's when I was just in tears because that's when I realised he's an entertainer."
"Through 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."
Kodi's performance captured the judges' hearts so much that they gave him the coveted 'golden buzzer', meaning he nows advances straight through to the live finals of the talent show.
Take a minute to hear Kodi's beautiful performance below.