Watch 20-year-old Kieran Rhodes’ incredible audition on America’s Got Talent and find out why the judges declared him a star

The America’s Got Talent judges couldn’t hold back after 20-year-old self-taught artist Kieran Rhodes blew them away during his audition.  The aspiring  Berklee College of Music student showed off his piano skills and incredibly touching voice as he sang an original composition titled “Disengage” during his audition.

Despite his youth, Rhodes has proven to be an exceptionally accomplished songwriter;  The heartfelt words of “Disengage” explore relationships and mental health.  Additionally, he had a remarkable talent for singing the lyrics in a way that resonated with the audience and earned him a standing ovation for all his hard work.  The Upstate New Yorker’s performance garnered 7.8 million views on YouTube, making it one of the most popular appearances on  America’s Got Talent in recent years.

“I think we just experienced something really special,” Terry Crews told the home crowd, and his words were enough to convey the meaning.  “I loved it,” said Sofia Vergara, the first judge to give a reaction.  I could listen to your music for hours.  How happy I was.  “You’ve got it all – tremendous talent.” “It was incredible, it was spectacular,” Howie Mandel exclaimed as he heaped praise on Rhodes.  A wave of emotions washed over me.

Your nerves held out, but I still think you’re great.  It was clear from Rhodes’ comments to the judges and audience that he was deeply grateful for their support, further demonstrating his humility as a young man.  This live performance of Rhodes’ “Your Song” at the  Berklee Performance Center, where he conducts a band and strings, is another of his popular YouTube performances.

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