America’s Got Talent contestant Brandon Rogers was abruptly killed in a car accident in June. At his family’s request, Brandon’s audition and final musical performance was recently aired on NBC.
It was a tragic accident that ended an extremely promising singing career. And, ended a ‘day job’ as a successful doctor. On June 10th, r&b singer and doctor Brandon Rogers was killed in a car accident near his home in Portsmouth, Virginia. He was sitting in the passenger seat when the driver fell asleep.
In memory of the tragic death, America’s Got Talent agreed to air Rogers’ audition. His family requested that the audition be broadcast as a memorial to his life. It was his last performance before he passed away, and a stunning showcase of his talent.
Before the audition aired, NBC offered the following:
“On June 11th one of our contestants, Brandon Rogers, tragically passed away in a car accident,” the statement read. “At the request of his family we would like to honor his memory by sharing his audition with you.”
Sadly, Rogers was a great musical talent and perhaps a future star. Already, the singer had gone viral by singing Boyz II Men in his scrubs. The song, “On Bended Knee,” drew nearly 90,000 Instagram likes. Take a look.
That led to a call from… that’s right, Boyz II Men themselves. The r&b legends invited Rogers to perform with them in Las Vegas, and things ascended from there. Brandon Rogers was just a little kid when he first started listening to his r&b idols, and now he was singing alongside them.
Unfortunately, the new musical friendship won’t have a chance to blossom. On June 11th, shortly after Rogers’ passing, Boyz II Men posted the Vegas performance with a written tribute. “Gone too young and gone too soon,” the group wrote. “It hurts to know that the world will never have a chance to witness what his impact on the world could have been as a doctor and even on the music world. A great spirit and a great voice.”
“Even for the little time we knew you, you will be sorely missed.”
Actually, Brandon Rogers had one more performance before his death. He sang the National Anthem at his hospital’s graduation ceremony. It was a great way to welcome some budding doctors into the medical community.
While riding in the passenger seat in the early morning hours of June 10th, Brandon lost his life. The driver had fallen asleep, according to police reports. The accident happened in nearby Maryland, and Rogers passed away roughly 24 hours later. He was 29 years old.
“I’m actually making a difference…”
Friends and family remembered the singer for his musical and medical exploits, alike. And Rogers seemed to love both with equal passion. “I feel like I’m in a field where I’m actually making a difference,” Rogers stated on the show. “And there can be some really tough days, too. My way to cope with the stress has always been the music.”
Here’s his America’s Got Talent performance.