Meet AGT Contestant Kenadi Dodds, 15, a Country Singer Whose Entire Family Is Going Blind
The only one in her family who is not blind, young musician Kenadi Dodds recently impressed the "America's Got Talent" judges with her original song.
The 15-year-old country singer took the stage for an audienceless performance during Season 15 of the hit talent show competition. Her family were all present at her audition to support her.
Dodds performed her original song called "One Way Ticket to Tennessee." The talented teen played guitar while she sang.
Her performance received praise from all the the judges. Simon Cowell even called her a "firecracker, while Sofia Vergara told her she can not wait to see what the future is going to bring for her. Cowell said:
"You know where you wanna go, and I think we can help you get there."
After her audition, Dodds' sisters ran out to give her a warm embrace. The teen later earned four "yes" votes from the judges.
As reported by Talent Recap, Dodds is the only member of her family who is not losing their vision. Her entire family has an eye condition called Retinitis pigmentosa, which causes gradual blindness.
Dodds said that her father used to play the guitar for her and that she began singing when she was a little girl.
Previously, Dodds has shared that her parents do not drive because they are both visually impaired. So it has been a challege for her to get to music lessons. She said she depends on friends, family, and public transportation.
But her family has upheld her, and her father has even been her mentor and co-songwriter. Talking about fund-raising for an album, his father said that they are doing all that they can do and that they are leaving the rest in the hands of God.
As reported by ET Canada, Dodds said that her father used to play the guitar for her and that she began singing when she was a little girl.
She added that her parents heard her singing in the vehicle alongside the radio but she was in tune. At the time, she was singing in "baby jabber" because she could not even talk yet.
As reported by The Cinemaholic, Kenadi hails from North Logan, a city in Cache County, Utah. She, however, spent quite a bit of time on the road, teaming up with performers from different states.