Meet Kenadi Dodds, The Teen Country Singer On ‘America’s Got Talent’

Kenadi DoddsJill O'Rourke | Talent Recap

Add Kenadi Dodds to the list of amazing young singers on Season 15 of America’s Got Talent. The 15-year-old from Utah is auditioning for the show this week, and her voice will blow you away.

Kenadi is a country singer with the determination to go far. Read on to learn more about her history, and check out her past performances.

5 Facts About ‘AGT’ Star Kenadi Dodds

1. She’s been singing since she was little.

Kenadi’s mom Brandi told local news that she was singing in her car seat as a toddler. “She would sing what words she could pick out then mix the rest with baby gibberish,” her mom said. “She could sing the tune without missing a note.”

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Kenadi was especially a fan of Shania Twain. After attending one of her concerts at nine years old, she decided that she wanted to be a country music star, and has considered Shania an idol.

2. Both of her parents are visually impaired.

One of the challenges Kenadi has faced as she’s pursued music is that both of her parents are visually impaired and don’t drive. She relies on other family members, neighbors, or public transportation to get places. A trip to a voice coach in Salt Lake City apparently takes her three hours away from home.

3. Several country artists have invited her on stage.

Kenadi Dodds has had the chance to sing on stage with several country artists. That includes the Swon Brothers, who appeared on The Voice in 2013. She also attended a songwriting workshop with country singer Jamie O’Neal, and was invited on stage to sing at one of her concerts. She also sang at a Charley Jenkins show. She also competed on the Southwest Semifinals for the Country Showdown during the Copper Country Music Festival and was the first runner up.

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4. Her dad is her co-songwriter.

According to local news, Kenadi’s dad Chris has been her coach and fellow songwriter. As of last year, Kenadi had nine original songs and was working on putting together an album. “We are doing all that we can do,” her dad said. “We are leaving the rest in God’s hands.”

5. She’s covered several talent show stars.

Kenadi has posted several covers on her YouTube channel. The most recent is her rendition of “I Hope” by American Idol star Gabby Barrett. She’s also performed “Good Girl” by Carrie Underwood, “Piece by Piece” by Kelly Clarkson, and “My Little Prayer” by David Archuleta.

If AGT doesn’t end up working out, maybe Kenadi can head to American Idol next. She certainly seems to connect with many of the show’s past contestants.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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