Brandon Rogers is a doctor from Virginia who auditioned for America’s Got Talent. Sadly, he passed away due to a car accident before his audition was even aired. So, last Tuesday night, the show paid tribute to him and it was a solemn and touching moment.
His family requested for his audition to be aired in AGT after he died early June. The accident occurred because the driver of the car, who also happens to be his friend, fell asleep.
“On June 11th one of our contestants, Brandon Rogers tragically passed away in a car accident. At the request of his family we would like to honor his memory by sharing his audition with you,” the show shared prior to airing Rogers' audition.
Rogers is a family practice doctor and he sang "Ribbon in the Sky" by Stevie Wonder during the auditions. His moving and heartfelt performance got the 29-year old a standing ovation. Simon Cowell praised Rogers' vocals saying that his voice is one of the best they have heard this season.
“Your vocal is stunning, stunning,” said Simon Cowell. “I’ve never said this to a doctor before. You’re sick. Really sick. You’re one of the best singers we’ve had in the competition so far.”
Cowell's fellow judges agreed and unanimously chose to move Brandon on to the next round.
The group Boys II Men also led the tributes to the doctor on news of his death as they’d previously noticed him for his rendition of their song On Bended Knee online.
The band had been so impressed they even invited him on tour.
‘A few months back we brought this young man out to the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas to perform with us.
‘He was great all 3 nights! Just a genuinely nice person and a really good singer! Gone too young and gone too soon.
‘It hurts to know that the world will never have a chance to witness what his impact on the world could have been as a Doctor and even on the music world.
‘A great spirit and a great voice. Even for the little time ,we knew you, you will be sorely missed. May God Bless, keep and comfort your family in this difficult time.’
Our thoughts and prayers goes out to Brandon’s family. This is Brandon's America's Got Talent audition video below. Let's show support for his family by sharing his legacy.