Stockton native and spoken-word artist Brandon Leake is going to the finals of NBC’s “American’s Got Talent.”
Leake performed a poem Tuesday night about his relationship with his father and how it impacted him growing up. On Wednesday, the voting results were in — and Leake made it to the finals!
“America, thank you so much for your votes!” Leake said on the show after finding out he made it to the last round of the talent competition. “My most important poem I’ve ever written comes next.”
In July, Leake’s poem about the death of his baby sister and the love he felt for her moved judge Howie Mandel to give him the “golden buzzer.” That decision fast forwarded Leake to the live shows.
Last week, Leake delivered a heart-wrenching poem where he mentioned Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake. As a Black man who grew up on the tough streets on the southside of Stockton, Leake spoke about how his mother’s greatest fear is that he will become “America’s next most popular hashtag.”