Former coal miner and Marine Jimmy Rose got a unanimous thumbs up from the judges on America’s Got Talent Tuesday night and will advance to the next round of competition.
Judge Howard Stern called Coal Keeps the Lights On “a damn good song” and said that as a radio station programmer, “I would have added your record and put it on the air.”
Heidi Klum, who Rose politely referred to as “Mam,” in the pre-performance interview, said, “I liked it a lot,” and Howie Mandel said, “you have a great country voice, sound, and heart, and I think you are great.”
In the voting, Stern said, “we need you to be a part of this competition. You’re what we’re looking for.”
A video leading up to Rose’s performance (all, above) gave a quick snapshot of Rose’s life, going to work in coal mines four days after high school graduation before enlisting in the Marines and serving in Iraq. He tells host Nick Cannon he learned to play guitar in the Marines.
Next up for Rose will be AGT competition in Las Vegas.