The judges at America’s Got Talent couldn’t contain themselves after 20-year-old self-taught pianist Kieran Rhodes blew their minds during his audition. The prospective student from Berklee College of Music showcased his piano skills and his incredibly touching voice as he sang an original composition titled “Disengage” during his audition.

Despite his youth, Rhodes has shown to be an exceptionally accomplished songwriter; the heartfelt words of “Disengage” examine relationships and mental health. In addition, he had a remarkable knack for singing the lyrics in a way that deeply resonated with the audience, earning him a standing ovation for all his hard work. The performance by the upstate New Yorker garnered 7.8 million views on YouTube, making it one of the most popular performances on America’s Got Talent in the past few years.

“I believe we just witnessed something super special right now,” Terry Crews told the home audience, and his words were enough to convey the significance. “I loved it,” Sofia Vergara said as the first judge to offer a reaction. For hours, I could listen to your music. How pleased I was. “You have it all—a huge talent.” “It was amazing, it was spectacular,” Howie Mandel exclaimed as he showered Rhodes with praise. A wave of emotion washed over me. Your nerves shone through, but I still think you’re amazing.

It was clear from Rhodes’s comments to the judges and audience that he was deeply grateful for their support, which further demonstrated his humility as a young man. This live performance of “Your Song” by Rhodes at the Berklee Performance Center, in which he conducts a band and string section, is another one of his popular YouTube performances.

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