Golden Buzzer: Kodi Lee Defeats Autism And Blindness With Music! – America’s Got Talent 2019


In his video package, his mom talks about learning he was blind at 3 months. Not soon after, he was diagnosed as autistic. Music was the thing that made him really happy. Kodi is Gabrielle’s Golden Buzzer. His audition has had almost half a million views online. His mom sits him at the piano and makes sure he’s ok before Kodi performs “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Oh boy.

This performance really pulls at the heartstrings. He doesn’t have a great voice–he’s a better piano player. But his delivery is moving nonetheless. No chance Kodi won’t advance to the next round. He could win the whole thing. Gabrielle says, “You changed the world…we have to stop putting limits on our children.” Simon says, “You continually amaze me. We are nothing without people like you.” Paul Simon gave special permission for Kodi to sing the song. However, it’s not true that the song is hardly sung on singing shows.

Kodie is 22. Mom helps him out on stage. She explains that he is blind and autistic. He loved music early on, and began singing and playing. Music has saved his life, she says.

He sits at the piano and performs “A Song for You.” So yeah. He’s a savant. He’s a better piano player than singer. Actually, if he were able bodied, he probably wouldn’t get through the bookers. But he has a nice falsetto. Kodie gets a big ovation. The only question is which judge will hit their golden buzzer, right? Howie calls him a great inspiration and talent. Julianne “feels” his heart and passion. “I heard you and I felt you.” Simon calls it “extraordinary” and his voice “fantastic.” Gabrielle is a new judge and a new mom, so she relates. GABRIELLE RELATES SO MUCH SHE HITS HER GOLDEN BUZZER. Aw. Kodie is jumping up and down, he’s so happy. Kodie goes straight to the live shows. 

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Fan react to Kodi Lee audition performance

Janeen Romanski Quanstrom Still crying!!! What an amazing family and Kodi, you are awesome and have a amazing voice. Best and most deserving golden buzzer ever.

Gina Flinn Wright This was absolutely amazing! You are an inspiration to us all! We all have a place in this world and tonight you have shown us all that no matter what challenges you are facing, dreams do come true!Definitely golden buzzer worthy! Tears are streaming down my face. Thank You Kodi for that fabulous performance and Thank You Gabrielle Union for pushing that golden buzzer! See you at the Live show Kodi!

Jacqueline-Anne Prout As a mother of a son with autism. This audition was EVERYTHING. See the abilities not the disability. Music is the universal language no matter how you are packaged. This was amazing performance and truly golden buzzer deserved. Congrats Cody and family.

Joe Hussey This was by far the best performance to ever grace the AGT stage! I have watched since day one of this show and nobody has touched me like this performance. Thank you for sharing this wonderful performance with the world! I would be honored to see this talented young man perform live one day, I will be front row cente

Makenzie Tobin I’m in so many tears this makes my heart so so happy I’m so happy for him. Music does something to people, if you really love music you feel it in your soul, and kodi I know that’s where you are singing from.

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