“America’s Got Talent” aired an audition this week of a rising star who was tragically killed last month in a car crash. “On June 11th one of our contestants, Brandon Rogers, tragically passed away in a car accident”, the entertainment show wrote. “At the request of his family we would like to honor his memory by sharing his audition with you.”
Brandon Rogers, a physician from Portsmouth, Virginia, was 29 years old and already a viral video star, prior to his audition on the popular TV show. The singing doctor was drawn to medicine because of a near tragedy that befell his family. When he was 6 years old he came home to find his mother lying in a pool of blood.
“We rushed her to the hospital, the doctors were like heroes,” Rogers said. “They saved her life and it made me want to be the doctor that I am today.”
He used music as a way to get through the tough, stressful days at work. When he stepped onstage, he sang Stevie Wonder’s classic “Ribbon in The Sky” and earned rave reviews from the four judges. “There is something so special about your voice,” Heidi Klum said.
Simon Cowell thought Rogers’ had “stunning” vocals. “I’ve never said this to a doctor before,” Cowell said. “You’re ‘sick’. You are one of the best singers we’ve had in the competition so far.”
Rogers earned four yes votes to continue on in the competition, before sadly passing away. You can listen to his special performance in the video below.