On night one of the Judge Cuts on “America’s Got Talent” season 14, guest judge Brad Paisley gave his golden buzzer to Sophie Pecora. The 15-year-old singer/songwriter delivered an emotional original song on stage, which clearly struck a chord with Brad Paisley, whose impressive career as a musician and recording artist has proven he knows a talented artist when he sees and hears one.
Before she took the stage, her video package updated viewers on what Sophie had been up to since her first audition, in preparation to impress the judges yet again. Her parents revealed that the validation she received from the judges freed her to be extremely creative and she wrote 5 original songs in one week.
When she found her mark on stage, Howie asked her if she was nervous or excited. In response, she said “I’m mostly excited, they’re kind of the same it’s just the way that you think about it is the difference.”
Similar to her first audition, she sang and played guitar to a song about rising up above the bullies and learning to love herself for who she is. She said the song was “probably the mostly personal out of all” the songs she’s written so far.
The Judges Emphasized the Power of Sophie’s Voice to Impact Her Generation
After her performance, Gabrielle Union commended her for knowing her voice and expressing her truth so honestly in her music. Simon Cowell told her she had a great voice but told her that, moving forward, she should stop writing about the bullies because they don’t deserve to be talked about anymore; he said she wished the song had ended with a declaration that she no longer cares about what they have to say, because she has a voice that young people will listen to.
The ending line of her song “Everybody’s falling but I am flying makes me feel like I am superhuman I might just be that because misfits have some powers that are really pretty rad” touched Paisley, who said her performance took “incredible cojones.” He said the issues she is addressing in her music are so important for young people, especially in the age of social media, before saying “I think I’m done” and pressing his buzzer to send golden glitter down on a shocked and elated Sophie.
Sophie’s golden buzzer secured her spot in the live rounds of AGT season 14, and left just 6 spots open for the night’s other acts.
Sophie Pecora Captured the Hearts of America With Her Debut AGT Performance
Fans of the reality talent competition remember Sophie from her moving first audition. Though she seemed somewhat shy at first, once she started singing and rapping an original piece while accompanying herself on the guitar, it was clear that she found her voice and knew exactly what to say through music.
AGT’s platform quickly grew Sophie’s fanbase; she currently has over 172,000 Instagram followers and her account is verified by the social media app. She uses her social media primarily to share videos of her covers and original songs.