AGT Video: 14-Year-Old Boy Earns Golden Buzzer With Jaw-Dropping Performance of ‘You Don’t Own Me’

As the middle child in his family, 14-year-old Reid Wilson says he’s used to being forgotten — but that’s all about to change.

The Alabama native was the highlight of Tuesday’s episode of America’s Got Talent, shocking the judges with a soulful, sensational performance of Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me” that earned him a coveted Golden Buzzer.

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“I’ve been singing all my life, but the past year I’ve been working on it a lot more … because it’s definitely my dream,” he said as he took the stage, citing Aretha Franklin as one of his musical inspirations.

Wilson’s love for the Queen of Soul was on full display in his audition. From the low-rumbling runs to the soaring high notes, he excelled at every turn, effortlessly making the iconic tune his own.

“I shut my eyes for a moment when you were singing just to listen to your voice, and then I opened them again and there’s this sweet, young kid,” Simon Cowell marveled. Howie Mandel then added some praise of his own before making it rain golden confetti on the unassuming crooner.

Struggling to maintain his composure, Reid told host Terry Crews, “I’m a little starstruck, honestly,” then thanked the judges — but especially Mandel — for sending him through to the live shows.

Wilson is now the eighth act to earn a Golden Buzzer this season. Previous recipients include dance group Brent Street, comedian Learnmore Jonasi, dance group Legión, singer Liv Warfield, singer Pranysqa Mishra, singer Richard Goodall and drone group Sky Elements.

Hit PLAY on the video above to watch Wilson’s audition for yourself, then drop a comment with your thoughts. Does he have a shot at winning Season 19?

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