'America's Got Talent' on NBC: Who is Kieran Rhodes? Alternative singer-songwriter auditions with an original song
Kieran Rhodes, a singer, and composer from the Capital Region has joined a long line of other Capital Region musicians to see if he has what it takes to capture the hearts of the nation. He will appear in the fourth round of auditions for 'America's Got Talent' Season 17.
Rhodes, a Berklee College of Music student, will perform on NBC's 'America's Got Talent,' singing and playing for the show's judges. Kieran announced his 'AGT' audition on Facebook, claiming he has kept the news private for a few months and is "very happy." He also encouraged his buddies to keep an eye out to see whether Simon Cowell liked him. Kieran, 20, of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School, sang an original song for the nationally televised audition.
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Who is Kieran Rhodes?
Kieran Rhodes is an alternative singer-songwriter and former Varsity baseball player. Kieran found his enormous passion for music in high school, after spending his whole childhood training for a baseball career. Before that, he played baseball 12 months of the year, going across the country to tournaments in the hopes of catching the attention of a college scout. As a second baseman, his objective was to make a Division 1 university team. He spent the following few years completely immersed in developing his art, first learning to play the piano, then singing, and then creating songs in 2019. He was accompanying the jazz band at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School by the time he was a junior.
Throughout the transition time, Kieran would dash from baseball practice to music sessions. His pals made fun of him since he wasn't a total jock anymore. It was a drastic transition, but his instructors were quite supportive of his desire to pursue music, for which he is thankful. His background distinguishes him from other Berklee students who have practiced with their instruments since childhood to get admission to one of the country's top music universities. Kieran, whose family still resides in Burnt Hills, performed with a band on the main stage of the Albany Tulip Festival last month, to a local crowd. Kieran's vocals and falsetto sound similar to Chris Martin, the main singer of the band Coldplay, in one clip of a separate performance on Facebook.
Kieran has already released eight songs and an EP, "On the Corner of Somewhere Street," despite having just seven years of musical expertise. His EP song, "What Got Into You," had over 30k streams and won him an honorable mention in the American Songwriter Contest 2021. Kieran draws inspiration from legends like James Taylor, Randy Newman, and Billy Joel. Kieran hopes to tour the world and play for the audience while he refines his voice and talent. He has a relaxed and timeless sound that blends folk, pop, and alternative music. He collaborated on a song for the Food Network's 'Restaurant Impossible.' Kieran, who is now in his second year of college, makes his television debut as a participant on the 17th season of 'America's Got Talent.'
After one of the producers watched Kieran perform in Boston, he was offered an audition. He told the Times Union that the 'AGT' had never crossed his mind. When the producer watched him perform, she approached him and said, 'I need to have you on the show.' She marketed him to her executives, who approved of him. And they drew him straight in. It was insane, and he is eternally thankful. He was worried before the audition, but not because he was performing in front of 3,000 people in Pasadena's Civic Auditorium. He was terrified of facing the judges.
The four famous judges who may inform you that they don't like you, according to Kieran, are what makes you nervous. That's where he becomes nervous. His mother, professional singer Mia Scirocco, was in the crowd during the audition, which she described as "not your normal audition." She was delighted with how her kid handled the situation. She was going to be there to encourage him and keep him calm. Furthermore, she genuinely has no recollection of what occurred. It was terrifying and felt like an out-of-body experience. Kieran handled it with confidence and grace, according to his mother.
To see Kieran sing his original song, watch 'America's Got Talent' Season 17 on NBC on June 21 at 8 p.m.