Kieran Rhodes, a Capital Region singer and songwriter has joined a long line of other Capital Region musicians to see if he has what it takes to win the hearts of the nation. He will participate in the fourth round of auditions for season 17 of “America’s Got Talent”.

Rhodes, a Berklee College of Music student, will perform on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” singing and performing for the show’s judges. Kieran announced his “AGT” audition on Facebook, saying he had kept the information private for a few months and was “very happy”. He also encouraged his pals to keep an eye out to see if 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 college baseball player. Kieran found his huge passion for music in high school, after spending his entire childhood training for a career in baseball. Before that, he played baseball 12 months a year, traveling the country for tournaments in hopes of catching the eye of a college scout. As a second baseman, his goal was to make it to a Division 1 varsity team. He spent the next few years completely immersed in developing his craft, learning first to play the piano, then to singing, then creating songs in 2019. He accompanied the jazz band at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School when he was a junior.

Throughout the transition period, Kieran went from baseball practice to music sessions. His friends laughed at him since he was no longer a pure sportsman. It was a drastic transition, but his instructors were totally supportive of his desire to pursue music, which he is grateful for. His background sets him apart from other Berklee students who have practiced with their instruments since childhood to gain admission to one of the top music universities in the country. Kieran, whose family still resides in Burnt Hills, performed with a band on the main stage at the Albany Tulip Festival last month to a local crowd. Kieran’s voice and falsetto sound similar to Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin in a clip from a separate performance on Facebook.

Kieran has already released eight songs and an EP, “On the Corner of Somewhere Street”, despite only seven years of musical expertise. His EP song, “What Got Into You”, has been listened to over 30,000 times and earned him an honorable mention at the 2021 American Songwriters Competition. Kieran draws inspiration from legends like James Taylor, Randy Newman and Billy Joel . Kieran hopes to tour the world and perform for audiences while honing his voice and talent. It has a laid back, timeless sound that mixes 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, is making his television debut as a contestant 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 Union Times that “AGT” had never crossed his mind. When the producer watched him perform, she approached him and said, “I need you on the show.” She marketed it to her executives, who approved of it. And they pulled him right in. It was crazy, and he’s eternally grateful. He was worried before the audition, but not because he was performing in front of 3,000 people at the Civic Auditorium in Pasadena. He was terrified of facing the judges.

The four famous judges who can tell you they don’t like you, according to Kieran, are what make you nervous. This is where he gets nervous. Her mother, professional singer Mia Scirocco, was in the crowd at the audition, which she described as “not your normal audition”. She was delighted with the way her child handled the situation. She was going to be there to encourage him and calm him down. Besides, she really has no memory of what happened. 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 Season 17 of “America’s Got Talent” on NBC on June 21 at 8 p.m.