One of the most moving auditions on AGT came from U.S. Marine Corps veteran Sal Gonzalez in Season 9. Sal shared his story of being wounded while serving and went on to deliver an amazing singing performance.
The judges were clearly moved by Sal’s performance, and shared how inspirational they found him. Check out his emotional audition below, and read on to find out more about his inspiring journey.
Wounded Veteran Sal Gonzalez Auditions For ‘AGT’
Sal told the judges that he works for Wounded Warrior Project, adding that he himself was wounded in 2004. “I do a good job at hiding it,” he said, lifting up his jeans to show off his prosthetic leg. The audience gasped when they saw it.
When asked what happened, Sal said, “I was a machine gunner in Iraq … and I got blown up.” During his pre-audition interview, he explained that his leg was “broken in half” in an explosion. He said music helped in his recovery, and “kept me alive.”
The AGT audience gave Sal a standing ovation for his service before he even performed. He went on to sing “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers, accompanied by his guitar. He showed off a gritty voice that had the audience cheering.
What Did The Judges Think Of Sal’s Performance?
“Sal, you are really, really good,” Howie Mandel told the singer. “I’m truly moved. I know this audience in this room was moved. I know the people in America are moved.” Mel B added that Sal was “very, very inspirational.” She said he could “really sing.”
Howard Stern said he got “very emotional” while listening to Sal’s story. “How can you not be moved by that?” he said, adding of his talent, “Thank God you were good.” He said Sal had a “powerful voice.”
Unfortunately, Sal was eliminated from AGT during Judgment Week. Earlier this year, he released an EP called Heroes, which features the single “When We Go Round.” He was also recently featured on a veterans version of Kane Brown’s song “Homesick.”