Nolan Neal is full of surprises.
The 39-year-old from Nashville opened with an inspiring story during the audition America has talent.
Neal, standing before the judges, explained how his father took his life. A downward spiral followed, and Neal struggled with substance abuse. But he recovered and returned stronger than ever.
He let his art tell the story on Tuesday night (July 28). He got out by the campfire with an acoustic guitar and turned Candi Staton disco-era classic “You Got Got The Love” into a robust country song.
The judges liked what they saw and heard. “You have a great sound in your voice and it’s emotionally exciting,”; Howie Mandel excited.
“I think you have great taste,” Simon Cowell said. “It simply came to our notice then. You’ve made it very topical. “
Nolan has made a cut and is advancing to live laps.
Watch his performance below.