It’s rare to see newcomers like Kieran Rhodes America’s Got Talent (AGT) Stage in season 17 where so many actors have already participated in a reality TV talent show. However, the 20-year-old singer and songwriter from Burnt Hills, New York, was relatively unknown until an AGT producer found out.
Competitor and pole dancer Kristy Sellars has already won Australia has talent, and Kristen Cruz has over 2.2 million followers on TikTok. But, Rhodes has none of those accomplishments to his credit, except for his 10 original songs on Spotify, with very few monthly listeners. He hopes to participate in AGT Season 17 on NBC will change that.
‘AGT’ producer saw Kieran Rhodes perform and asked him to audition
It wasn’t Kieran Rhodes’ idea to audition for AGT Season 17. In a recent interview, he admitted that a producer from the show approached him.
“Frankly, America’s Got Talent wasn’t even a thought in my mind at all,” Rhodes told the Union Times. “She saw me play and came up to me and said, ‘I need to have you on the show.’ She introduced me to her leaders and they approved of me. And they shot me. It was crazy and I’m super, super grateful.
The article also detailed Rhodes’ life in baseball tournaments 12 months a year. He continued to play college baseball throughout high school despite his desire to play music. “It was interesting,” Rhodes said of the transition from baseball to music.
âDuring this whole transition period, I was running from baseball practice to music rehearsals. My friends laughed at me because I was no longer a 100% athlete. It was a complete change, but my coaches were very, very supportive of my decision to make music. I’m very grateful.”
‘AGT’ Season 17: Kieran Rhodes performed an original song, ‘Disengage’
Kieran Rhodes started his performance in AGT Season 17 singing “She’s Got a Way”, by Billy Joel. However, seconds into the song, judge Simon Cowell asked Rhodes to stop and start over with an original track. Rhodes started playing the piano and singing his song, “Disengage,” which can be found on Spotify.
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“I loved it,” began Sofia Vergara. âI could see you singing and playing for hours. You are so talented. You have youth, talent, you have everything.
The other judges agreed that it was an outstanding performance and loved its original song.
“It was amazing and spectacular,” added Howie Mandel. “I could feel the emotion.”
Rhodes has 10 original songs available to stream on Spotify
According to Kieran Rhodes’ Spotify account, he started writing music in 2019 and produced eight original singles on his EP, “On the Corner of Somewhere Street.” He currently has 10 original songs available for streaming. ‘Leavin’ All the Lights On’ has a catchy, fun vibe that viewers hope to see Kieran Rhodes perform on AGT Season 17.
Other songs include “Take It All”, “What Got Into You” and his brand new song, “Getaway Car”.
âStoryteller and former college baseball player Kieran Rhodes is an alternative singer-songwriter,â his biography on Spotify bed. “After preparing for a lifelong baseball career, Kieran discovered his boundless passion for music in mid-high school. He spent the next two years honing his craft by first learning to play the piano, singing, then writing songs in 2019.â
He cites Billy Joel, Randy Newman and James Taylor as his musical inspirations. Rhodes is currently a sophomore at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
look AGT Season 17 on NBC Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.
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