“America’s Got Talent” aired a heartfelt audition on Tuesday night of one the season’s best contestants, but the contestant wasn’t around to see it because he died in a tragic car accident last month.
Brandon Rodgers was a 29-year-old doctor from Portsmouth Virginia. He knew from a very young that’s the career path he wanted to pursue; when he came home to his mother lying in a pool of blood one day and then saw how the doctors helped her recover he decided he wanted to emulate that.
Not only was Rodgers a doctor, he was a singer. On his Instagram, his thousands of fans referred to him as the “Singing Doctor.” And on his “tough days” at work, he described singing as being therapeutic for him.
“My way to cope with the stress has always been music,” he said. “If I could find a way to combine being a doctor and medicine with music and singing that would be a dream come true.”
Rodgers became a viral singing sensation after he posted a video of him singing in his scrubs to the Boyz II Men hit “On Bended Knee, ” CNN reported. Since then the video has gotten nearly 90 thousand likes. But it got better than just social media likes. The Boyz II Men groups saw his video and were so impressed by it, they invited Rodgers to perform with them in Las Vegas for three nights.
Upon hearing of Rodgers death, the group posted a tribute to the singer on Instagram. “Today our hearts are deeply saddened to learn about the sudden death of Dr. Brandon Rogers,” they wrote. “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.”
Later when the singer auditioned on “America’s Got Talent,” he performed a rendition of Stevie Wonder’s song “Ribbon In The Sky” and received a standing ovation from the audience all four judges, who all gave him a yes to move forward in the competition.
“There’s something so special about your voice,” judge Heidi Klum said.
“I think you’re great,” judge Mel B. said.
“I’ve never said this to a doctor before,” judge Simon Cowell said. “You’re sick. You are one of the best singers we’ve had in the competition so far.”
At the request of his family, the television show aired Rodgers audition to honor his memory and thanked him for sharing his talent.