Former U.S. Marine and wounded warrior Sal Gonzalez took the stage on “America’s Got Talent” Tuesday, wowing the judges and bringing the audience to tears.
Gonzales, who lost part of his leg while serving in Iraq back in 2004, works for the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that serves veterans who are injured in combat.
But as it turns out, he’s also an aspiring singer with a wonderful voice, which was on full display when he auditioned for the popular talent show.
Before belting out Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine,” Gonzalez showed his prosthetic leg and described how music helped in his recovery process following the life-altering accident.
“Having music as a tool for my recovery, I was able to put down and let go of a lot of pain,” Gonzalez said. “It kept me going. It kept me alive.”
Judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel all praised the singer, unanimously sending him through to the main competition.
“Sal, you are really, really good. You really are,” said Mandel, with the others expressing the same sentiment.
Watch Gonzalez’s performance and the judges’ reaction below:
As for Gonzalez, he said he’s hoping to inspire other servicemen and women.
“I want to show other warriors that it’s possible to follow your dreams and be normal,” he added.
(H/T: Daily Mail)