By Paco Lopez
I’ve seen quite a few episodes of America’s Got Talent (AGT) that are powerful.
Performers’ back stories sometimes can be tear jerkers, and it’s all part of the show; maybe that’s why they tell them. Then, they hit the stage and you see them overcoming their “obstacles.”
Like the performance we saw of St. Cloud’s Mandy Harvey. Harvey is a young lady who lost hear hearing due to illness eleven years ago, and STILL sang a (beautiful) song she wrote called “Try.” She’d told Simon that when she lost it, her goal had been to perform and teach music to kids. She sings barefoot in order to hear (feel) the bass and stay on beat. She used auto tuners and muscle memory to remember the pitch (in her throat and head) in order to properly hit the right notes.
However, this time it was a young man who lost his life.
It happened prior to airing his performance on AGT. Dr. Brandon Rogers was only 29-years-young. His name wasn’t a moniker, like that of Dr. Dre…he was actually a medical doctor. He’d graduated from medical school just two years ago and his family and friends say he was passionately dedicated to his work, as well as his music.
His Instagram submissions were presented to the AGT judges and blew them away. He was flown from Maryland to perform live on stage…where again, he reportedly amazed the judges.
One of the artist’s songs Dr. Rogers performed was “On Bended Knee” by Boyz II Men. Word spread, and when the guys in the band heard him sing, they flew him out to join them on several tour dates and with them in concert.
Once the band heard of his passing, they released a statement which read, “Today our hearts are deeply saddened to learn about the sudden death of Dr. Brandon Rogers.” They would continue, “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 three nights. Just a genuinely nice person and a really good singer. Gone too young, and gone too soon.”
Today our hearts are deeply saddened to learn about the sudden death of Dr. Brandon Rogers. A few moths 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.
Unfortunately, Dr. Rogers was involved in a fatal car accident this past Saturday evening and passed away the next day, just days before he was (as many believe) bound for stardom.
AGT producers are considering whether or not to air his performance. It may or may not be edited from the show since it was schedule to play in July. In light of how quickly his talent spread from singing in his room to performing with a prolific R&B group like Boyz II Men, it would be a shame to not give him the opportunity to share his talent and dream with so many fans who wanted to see him achieve his goals. Many are saying that in addition, it would be a final and honorable way to memorialize the Doctor.
Time will tell.
Rest In Peace Doctor.