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30 May 2019, 15:54 | Updated: 3 June 2019, 17:09
A talented blind singer with autism won a coveted Golden Buzzer on last night's America's Got Talent (May 29).
Kodi Lee appeared on the season 14 premiere of the talent show, with actress Gabrielle Union joining the judges’ panel for the first time alongside Simon Cowell, Julianne Hough and Howie Mandel.
The talented 22-year-old was joined by his mum Tina, who explained that he has loved music since he was a child.
She explained: "We found out that he loved music really early on. He listened and his eyes just went huge, and he started singing, that’s when I was in tears.
"I realised he’s an entertainer. 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 everybody else does. It actually has saved his life playing music."
Kodi then performed 'A Song for You' by Leon Russell while playing the piano, and impressed the audience and the judges so much, that Union decided to give him her Golden Buzzer.
Before sending him straight through to the live semi-finals, Union told Kodi: "You just want to give your kids the moon, the stars and the rainbows. Tonight, I’m going to give you something special."
Cowell also praised Kodi’s "beautiful tone", telling him: "What just happened there was extraordinary, I mean really extraordinary.
"I don’t know what it’s like to live in Kodi’s world. All I can tell is you obviously have an amazing relationship the two of you and your voice is absolutely fantastic."
Watch the full clip below:
Golden Buzzer: Kodi Lee Wows You With A Historical Music Moment! - America's Got Talent 2019