Elsinore's Own Kodi Lee Takes 'America's Got Talent' By Storm

Kodi Lee plays at the 2012 Special Olympics in Lake Elsinore (left) and  on America's Got Talent (right two images). (LEUSD/AGT)

Kodi Lee plays at the 2012 Special Olympics in Lake Elsinore (left) and on America's Got Talent (right two images). (LEUSD/AGT)

LAKE ELSINORE, CA — A Lake Elsinore man dubbed a "musical prodigious savant," who is both blind and autistic, has long been known in the Southwest Riverside County community for his musical genius. Now, world is getting to know Kodi Lee, too.

Lee, who attended Elsinore High School in Wildomar, has trouble communicating like most people. The 22-year-old uses a cane to help him walk. But when it comes to music, he needs no assistance.

This week, Lee appeared on America's Got Talent, making history in the process. New judge Gabrielle Union not only used her first "golden buzzer" to advance Lee to the live shows of the talent competition, but the entire performance created "one of the most emotional moments in AGT history," according to the show's description of the act . . .

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