A contestant just made history on America’s Got Talent!
During the latest episode of auditions on AGT on Tuesday (June 30), Brandon Leakes hit the stage as the show’s first-ever spoken word poet.
During his audition, the 27-year-old college counselor opened up about his childhood.
“I grew up in a neighborhood where drugs and gang violence were rampant. My mom worked 15 different jobs to make sure I was provided for,” Brandon
“My family very much insulated me into this very loving household, and then when I became a teenager, there came this anger. And I let all this frustration out through creativity,” Brandon explained. “Writing was most certainly an escape.”
Brandon then took to the stage to dedicate his poem as an ode to his sister.
While performing her poem, Brandon spoke of his beautiful little sister, whose “smile is as wide as the universe” and whose eyes “glimmer like the stars.” While reciting his poem, Brandon explained how, when he was just 4 years old, she taught him how to “love selflessly.”
AS the poem continued, Brandon revealed that his sister “left earth to go back home amongst the stars, right next to God,” when she was just 9 months old.
Brandon‘s poem left the judges stunned, and brought Sofia Vergara to tears.
“My brother passed away the same year that your sister passed away,” Sofia said to Brandon. “I can feel your pain, I know what this is, I know what it is to have someone taken from you without you knowing. But it was very beautiful for me.”
Howie Mandel then said, It’s amazing to me that, on season 15, it’s the first time that we’re hearing someone [perform] spoken word…There was something more raw in it. It’s like singing and talking and just being a human a cappella. No music, no nothing, just a raw heart beating in front of us.”
Howie then added, “We feel your pain, we feel your love, and you moved me to do this…” before slamming the Golden Buzzer, bringing Brandon to tears.
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