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Incredible Story: Blind, Autistic Singer/Piano Player Kodi Lee Wins America’s Got Talent

One of the most powerful stories in music got even bigger last week. Kodi Less, an America’s Got Talent contestant who is blind and has autism won the competition after impressing judges and the country with his singing and piano-playing talents.

Lee will be awarded $1 million and he will get the chance to headline shows at the Paris Hotel Casino in Las Vegas from November 7-10. Lee said he felt “unbelievable” and “amazing” –– with his mother Tina an arm’s length away. Judges Simon Cowell, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough and Howie Mandel clapped away for the young superstar.

A night earlier, Lee wowed audience members with his finals performance of Lost Without You by Freya Ridings. He also sang and played the piano seamlessly with “X Factor” winner and three-time Grammy nominee Leona Lewis, singing Calum Scott’s You Are the Reason.

His mother explained on stage that music allowed Lee to excel despite his struggles. “Through music and performing he was able to withstand living in this world because when you’re autistic it’s really hard to do what everybody else does. It actually has saved his life, playing music.”

Lee first emerged in May when he performed a beautiful rendition of Donny Hathaway’s A Song For You. Some of the judges teared up during his act. Every single person in the audience stood up and clapped for Lee, who left everyone in awe.

Simon Cowell considered the performance unforgettable. “What just happened there was really extraordinary. I’m going to remember this moment for the rest of my life.”

Playing the piano is fun, but it’s also powerful and changes people’s lives for the better every single day. YOU could be one of those people and Scott “The Piano Guy” Houston is here to help! Your kids are grown, the job and career are finished and it’s YOUR time now! It’s your TURN to play!

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  • Margaret Appleby
    Posted at 17:37h, 11 October

    I hve always wanted to ply piano. I took some lessons years ago qd continue to practice.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 17:18h, 16 October

      It is not too late for you to learn to have fun playing piano, Margaret! I would highly suggest signing up for a webinar using the link below. They are free, a lot of fun, and will teach you a lot about my method. I may even throw in a special deal for webinar viewers at the end =) Hopefully, you can find a time that is convenient for you. Just click on it.


      Hope you can join a webinar soon!

  • Niki Jo Loverde
    Posted at 10:57h, 12 October

    I truly enjoyed your webinar and was able to understand your methodology, especially regarding chords. Unfortunately, I’m not able to afford your package; we’re in our 70’s and on a limited fixed income. My husband bought me a piano at a thrift shop and it came with one of your earlier books. So this is to thank you for helping me accomplish something I’ve wanted to be able to do for my entire life!

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 18:59h, 18 October

      You are most welcome. I am sending you some pricing options that might be more affordable for you.

  • Sandra
    Posted at 19:21h, 12 October

    Signed up a couple of months ago haven’t got to see a web yet . Looking forward to doing so and enhancing my music

  • Virginia "Cinny" Beggs
    Posted at 21:14h, 23 April

    How long are the lessons? I am classically trained, although I haven’t played in years. I’m a teacher and have the summer off. Can I get through the 6 courses in 4 months? And if I’m going to do this, I’m going to take all 6 courses. I just spent 1 hour in your free webinar and it shut off just while you were telling us about the courses. I guess the hour was up. Don’t know what happened. Anyhow, I’m very interested. It’s my time now.

    • Hannah Derleth
      Posted at 17:00h, 10 August

      Hi Virginia!

      I’m excited to hear your passion for learning piano. With your prior background in music and piano, you might be able to go through the courses at an accelerated rate, but I’m not sure you could complete all of the lessons in four months.
      If you do have questions about anything, feel free to reach out any of us here at PIAF!

      — Hannah

  • Luzviminda Santos
    Posted at 04:14h, 07 August

    Hi Scott Houston,
    What kind of piano (exact description) are you using during the course lessons. I like the adjustment you made when you demonstrated how to play Star Trek. Like the versatility of your piano. Thanks.