It's heartbreaking when a rising star is snubbed out by the circle of life. Unfortunately for Brandon Rogers, that was the case. The young doctor from Maryland lived to help people with modern medicine, but also with the power of song and love.
That's why he was so thrilled to have the opportunity to sing in front of the world on America's Got Talent.
After a video of Brandon singing Boyz II Men's "On Bended Knee" went viral, America's Got Talent producers reached out to him and invited him on the show. It was the dream of a lifetime, and Brandon was beyond excited to have the chance to share his talent.
Even with the promise of a career in music, Brandon stayed true to medicine - and for a touching reason.
"My inspiration for becoming a doctor was kind of born out of a pretty tough experience when I was six years old when I came home from school one day and found my mom laying in a pool of blood.
We rushed her to the hospital, the doctors were like heroes. They saved her life and it made me want to be the doctor that I am today."
Brandon refused to put his duty as a doctor aside but he still wanted to try his hand at performing.
Before singing, Brandon revealed that music has always been a natural way to relieve pain and grief. He wanted to share that feeling with as many people as he could!
"My way to cope with the stress has always been music. If I could find a way to combine being a doctor and medicine with music and singing that would be a dream come true."
Brandon continued with the audition by performing a stunning version of "Ribbon In The Sky" by Stevie Wonder. Everyone in the audience was amazed by his voice and he was passed through to the next round without any hesitation.
Sadly, Brandon passed away from a car accident before his audition was shown on television.