‘America’s Got Talent’ Singer’s Goal: Inspire Others ‘To Stand Up For Jesus Christ’

    Updated: June 27, 2018 at 3:32 pm EST  See Comments

    A 20-year-old student from a Christian college wowed the judges on NBC’s America’s Got Talent Tuesday night … and also survived a few awkward questions about dating and kissing.

    Joseph O’Brien, a student at Boyce College in Louisville, Ky., played the keyboard while singing a rendition of “Hello” by Lionel Richie. O’Brien originally is from Columbia, Tenn.

    When done, O’Brien received a standing ovation from the crowd.

    “There’s so much potential of where you could go with your vocals … and I absolutely adore you,” judge Mel B. told him.


    Another judge, Howie Mandel, said he sensed O’Brien was nervous but believed he could go far in the show.

    All four judges voted “yes” on his act, meaning he advanced to the next round.

    “I absolutely loved it,” judge Heidi Klum said.

    O’Brien’s Facebook page says: “My goal is to write music that is centered around Scripture and inspires a generation to stand up for Jesus Christ!” His father, Michael O’Brien, is a former member of the group NewSong.

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