Brandon Rogers became a family doctor 2 years ago after he watched medical staff help his mother through an emergency medical situation when he was a child.
“I feel like I’m in a field where I can make a difference,” he says. “There can be really tough days sometimes, too. My way to cope with the stress has always been music.”
One month before his audition was scheduled to air, Brandon Rogers was killed in a car accident.
Rogers was not behind the wheel when the single-car collision occurred in Maryland. The 29 year-old was in the front passenger seat when his friend's car veered off the road and crashed into a tree. Reports indicate that the driver had fallen asleep at the wheel after a long work shift. The driver and a passenger in the backseat survived the crash.
At the request of his family, America's Got Talent honored his memory by sharing his audition on the show.
See the video and the audience's reaction on the next page.
The talented doctor rose to fame when his cover of Boys II Men's On Bended Knee went viral and caught the attention of the band.
Impressed by his talents they invited him to Las Vegas to perform with them.
After the news of his passing, the band paid tribute on their Facebook page.
"Today our hearts are deeply saddened to learn about the sudden death of Dr. Brandon Rogers in a car accident," they wrote."A few months back we brought this young man out to the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas to perform with us. He was great all 3 nights! Just a genuinely nice person and a really good singer! Gone too young and gone too soon. 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. Even for the little time we knew you, you will be sorely missed. May God Bless, keep and comfort your family in this difficult time."
He went on to wow the AGT judges with his rendition of Stevie Wonder's Ribbon in the Sky.
He received a standing ovation from the crowd and glowing remarks from the judges for his performance.
Heidi loved Brandon, saying “There is something so special about your voice.” Mel B said he was the complete package, telling him, “You’re great.”
Howie joked that his medical background was waste of time, but something to fall back on, and Simon told him his vocal was “stunning.” He earned a “yes” from all four judges.
Watch the video below and see if you get goosebumps from his performance too.
On June 11th one of our contestants, Brandon Rogers, tragically passed away in a car accident. At the request of his family we would like to honor his memory by sharing his audition with you.Posted by AGT Auditions on Tuesday, July 11, 2017
After the show aired, judge Mel B took to Twitter to share her shock at the untimely and tragic death of this young musician.
Devastated RIP Brandon Rogers— Melanie Brown (@OfficialMelB) July 12, 2017
Rogers' brother Danni paid tribute to everyone that reached out to him and his family following their tragic loss.
In a video posted to Instagram, he thanked fans for their outpouring of love and support.
"It really does mean so much to me and my family….. I lost my best friend yesterday, but to see all the lives he’s touched brings joy to my heart."
Our hearts are with the Rogers family during this difficult time. The world is truly missing out on a gifted musician and doctor.