Luke Islam: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Luke Islam is not just another theater kid, he’s a young man with a voice so powerfully beautiful that will leave audiences in awe. Luke is competing on Season 14 of America’s Got Talent, and he was ready for the Golden Buzzer treatment when he took the stage at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.

So who is Luke Islam? He’s a 12-year-old singer from New York City, a student at H. Frank Carey High School, and a member of Wingspan Arts, a nonprofit arts education organization based in Manhattan. Most recently, he performed as part of The Cast Recording Experience 2019 program by The Broadway Star Project. Singing along with fellow artist Gianna Harris, his rendition of “The Last Night of the World” from the Broadway musical Miss Saigon, is all you need to hear to know that Luke will be making quite far on NBC’s reality talent competition.

Proud of his Latina heritage, and with the support of his family which includes his older sister Victoria, and his parents,

Here’s what you need to know about Luke Islam…

1. Luke Didn’t Have Instagram Before ‘AGT’

Unlike most contestant on America’s Got Talent, this talented young singer doesn’t have a large social media presence. Luke’s You Tube channel had 177 followers and zero videos posted. His Twitter account is private, he doesn’t appear to even have an Instagram account, and his Facebook profile, which lists him as a musician, has no other information save for his latest headshots which were recently uploaded in April.

Luke’s days of not having a large online footprint are now over. As America falls in love with his a larger than life voice, he now has a Twitter and Instagram account, the latter of which has nearly 30K followers, while his performance videos posted by AGT have racked up millions of views.


2. Luke Has Dreamed of Being of Broadway Star Since Age 6


12-Year-Old Singer Luke Islam Will SHOCK You With "You Will Be Found" – America's Got Talent 2019Luke Islam delivered a phenomenal rendition of "You Will Be Found" from Dear Evan Hansen. » Get The America's Got Talent App: bit.ly/AGTAppDownload » Subscribe for More: bit.ly/AGTSub » Stream Anytime: bit.ly/AGTFullEpisodes AMERICA'S GOT TALENT ON SOCIAL Like AGT: facebook.com/agt Follow AGT: twitter.com/agt AGT Tumblr: nbcagt.tumblr.com/ AGT Instagram: instagram.com/agt In season 14, NBC's America's Got…2019-08-14T01:49:53.000Z

Luke was basically born knowing he was meant to be on stage. He told AGT host Terry Crews that he first discovered his love for performing after participating in a showcase in preschool. Growing up in Garden City, New York, Luke’s mother brought him to see his first Broadway show at the age of six, and that sealed his future. He said, “I love the audience, I love the crowd. I love the stage, the props, the costumes–I would want to be up there. I want to do what they do.”

After his initial audition on AGT, judge Simon Cowell advised Luke to treat every performance going forward as “an audition for the best producers on Broadway,” advice which has proved to serve him well. During the Live Rounds, Luke kept the Broadway vibes alive by performing “You Will Be Found” from the Tony Award-winning show, Dear Evan Hansen, which earned him a standing ovation.


3. Luke Islam is Team Voices of Service

If Luke isn’t the champion taking home the show’s $1 million grand prize, it appears his vote goes to acapella singing quartet, Voices of Service. He geeked out over finally meeting the veteran and active military members who make up the impressive act, and proudly posted the of them together on Instagram.

The next superstar singer Luke is dying to meet? Hamilton creator, Lin Manuel-Miranda. Rocking a shirt with “Puerto Rico” emblazoned in red/white/blue he captioned a selfie, “Proud of my heritage! Hope to meet my hero Lin-Manuel Miranda someday!”


4. Luke Earned the Golden Buzzer From His Favorite Judge Julianne


Luke Islam Receives Golden Buzzer From Favorite Judge, Julianne Hough! – America's Got Talent 2019WOW! Luke Islam owns the stage with "She Used To Be Mine" from The Waitress and receives the Golden Buzzer from his favorite judge, Julianne Hough! » Get The America's Got Talent App: bit.ly/AGTAppDownload » Subscribe for More: bit.ly/AGTSub » Stream Anytime: bit.ly/AGTFullEpisodes AMERICA'S GOT TALENT ON SOCIAL Like AGT: facebook.com/agt Follow AGT: twitter.com/agt AGT…2019-07-10T01:57:43.000Z

Joining the Golden Buzzer winners from Season 14 that includes budding stars Kodi Lee, Light Balance Kids, V.Unbeatable, Sophia Pecroa, and Emanne Beasha, Julianne Hough was the judge who gave Luke the show’s biggest honor after he sang, “She Used to Be Mine,” from the Broadway musical, Waitress. The video of this star-turning moment already has over 16 million views on YouTube.

Before Julianne pushed the Golden Buzzer, fellow judge Gabrielle Union asked Luke who his favorite judge is, and though he said at first that he loves all the judges, the 12-year-old performer admitted that Julianne was his favorite because he and his sister have been following her and her brother Derek’s dance career.


5. Luke Competed at a ‘Waitress’ Broadway Karaoke Competition

Luke choosing to sing Sara Bareilles’ hit from Waitress during his first AGT audition makes all the more sense knowing that last year, he competed in the Broadway musical’s karaoke competition.

His vocals were so impressive, the official Instagram of the show posted his performance on their page. Hosted by Jason Mraz and Tiffany Mann, comments flooded the post with fans writing, “Amazing! What a voice!” and “Ok LUKE. wow. I, along with the audience, was captured after the first 3 words. Goosebumps all over, what a tone! What control! “Even as the walls come tumbling down” was when my jaw dropped. Incredible!!!!!”

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what a night ?? @shobean @sarabareilles

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After his impressive performance on AGT, Luke was able to meet Waitress star and creator, Sara Bareilles, in person, and he was able bring along numerous members from Wingspan Arts, too.

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