Brandon Rogers, a doctor and incredibly talented musician from Portsmouth, Virginia, had already won the hearts of many online after posting an Instagram video of himself singing the Boyz II Men hit song, “On Bended Knee” while wearing his scrubs. So it was no surprise that he also wowed the judges as a contestant on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.
But sadly, before America was able to see Rogers showcase his vocal chops in an episode of season 12 of AGT, the 29-year-old was killed on June 11 in a car accident in Maryland. According to reports, Rogers was a passenger in a car that veered off the road and crashed into a tree. The driver and the friend in the backseat survived. Rogers, however, died from his injuries.
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At the behest of Rogers' family, AGT honored the singer’s memory by airing the audition in this week's show that earned him four rave reviews from judges Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, and Simon Cowell, advancing him to what would’ve been the next round of the competition.
Cowell, reality TV’s self-proclaimed "tough guy," was definitely moved by Rogers’ performance. "Your vocal is stunning, stunning," said Cowell. "I've never said this to a doctor before. You're sick. You are one of the best singers we've had in the competition so far."
You can watch Rogers’ heartfelt rendition of the classic Stevie Wonder song, "A Ribbon in the Sky" below.
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While music may have been the doctor-turned-singer’s therapy, it’s his voice that is healing the broken hearts of family, friends, and fans mourning his loss.