Dr. Brandon Rogers was killed in a car accident in June, one month before his America’s Got Talent audition aired on NBC. Following his tragic death, the network was unsure whether or not they would air his audition. At the time, TMZ reported that Rogers’ family was hoping that the footage would be aired as it would have been what Rogers wanted. Their request was heard NBC and Rogers’ audition aired on the July 11 episode of the current season of the show.
Rogers, 29, was actually discovered by America’s Got Talent producers back in 2016. At the time, he had posted an Instagram video of himself singing the Boyz II Men hit, “On Bended Knee.” According to Us Weekly, this video took his internet fame to the next level. There are 100,000 fans on Rogers’ Instagram, where he used to post videos of himself singing.
You can hear Rogers singing “On Bended Knee” in the Instagram video below.
In January 2017, Rogers went to Las Vegas and performed with Boyz II Men on stage after they discovered his “On Bended Knee” cover and reached out to him. It was a moment that he said he’d never forget.
“This past weekend has been nothing short of amazing!! Sharing the stage with my idols…literally a dream come true!! Thank you SO much to 3 of the dopest most insanely talented singers ever @BoyzIIMen,” Rogers wrote in an Instagram post after the Vegas performance.
You can watch Rogers performing with Boyz II Men in the video below.
Rogers’ fans truly believe that his audition on America’s Got Talent — which earned him a standing ovation from Simon Cowell — could have been his big break. Since watching Rogers’ audition on television on Tuesday night, many have been posting their condolences online.