USA TODAY: America's Got Talent: Transgender singer Brody Ray's performance will give you chills
Erin Jensen / USA Today / June 27, 2018
Brody Ray took the "America's Got Talent" stage during Tuesday's episode ready to share a piece of himself.
The Nebraska native who sang Jordan Smith's "Stand in the Light," explained to the judges that the lyrics mirrored his own life. Elaborating on his "struggles and battles," Ray explained, "I actually was born female. I'm transgender."
Ray's performance visibly touched judge Mel B and moved audience members to get up from their seats.
"This is who I am inside, this is who I am, and I'm not going to hide," he belted out. "'Cause the greatest risk we'll ever take is by far to stand in the light and be seen as we are."
At the end of his song, Ray received a standing ovation from the judges and crowd.
Ray reflected on his performance Tuesday night on Twitter. "This song made me cry the moment I heard it," he wrote. "And today it helped change my life forever."
On Instagram, he reiterated the lyrics' message for followers. "Stand in the light and be seen as you are. Don’t let your differences cause you to hide. Don’t be ashamed," Ray wrote in the caption of an image from Tuesday's show. "Don’t let it tell you what you can and can’t do with your life. Be proud. Be strong. Be out."
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