Brian King Joseph has all the potential in the world to be a super-star.
The man has played the violin ever since he was 4 years old, and at this point, his violin skills can rival those of any professional player’s.
He’s slowly, but surely making a name for himself in the music industry; not only does he have over 117,000 followers on Facebook, but he has also performed with several well-known artists.
Though it seems from afar like he’s living the good life, Joseph has not gone through life without hardship.
A few years ago, he was diagnosed with a nerve disorder, one that’ll eventually have him lose feeling in his hands.
Imagine being told that one day, you might not be able to do what you’ve been doing your whole life.
The condition left him bedridden for a long time, according to ET, until he decided he needed to follow his dreams.
“Around the age of 22, after just constantly being in bed, constantly being in pain, I realized that I was so sad and the only thing that could make me happy, that would always make me happy, was my violin,” he told ET.
Now, based on his work ethic, you would never know that the disease affected him, because one thing he’s always wanted to do was perform on America’s Got Talent.
In June 2018, he got the chance to take his talents to that grander stage.
“This is a dream come true for me,” he told the judges.
For the performance, he did an electric violin cover of the popular song, “Lean On.”
One can imagine the pressures of not just performing in front of some of the world’s biggest celebrities, but on national television as well.
But based on his performance, Joseph didn’t seem phased one bit.
His infectious charisma only added to his violin playing, which made the crowd become louder as it went on.
Joseph nails the entire song, and by the end, the video shows him getting a standing ovation from the crowd.
He even gets a hug from AGT judge Heidi Klum herself—that’s how much he wowed the judges.
“You just have it,” Klum was the first to praise Joseph.
“I think this is my favorite audition today,” Simon Cowell told him.
Think of all of the auditions that these four judges are subjected to when doing the show, and Cowell, who can be a tough crowd, didn’t hesitate to tell Joseph that.
It wasn’t a surprise that all four judges gave the man a “yes” to send him to the next round.
Despite the news of his condition years prior, Joseph was still able to hone his craft, and his hard work paid off big time.
Based on the reaction to his performance, it’s clear that his story resonates with so many others.
His act has gone viral, with the video of his performance reaching over 2 million views in less than a week.
The season of AGT is still ongoing, and there’s no telling how far Joseph’s skills will take him in the competition.
Even if he doesn’t win the whole thing, he’s already shown that he won’t let his condition get in the way of following his dreams.
“A lot of this world is negative. They say, ‘No, no, no.’ I just feel like I broke out of something that people would definitively say, ‘You can’t do this, just no.’ Turns out that’s not true,” Joseph told ET.
“And if that’s not true for me, then it’s not true for anyone else. They can do it as well. I think that’s the coolest thing.”