People have been making their way to the U.S. for the promise of a better life since the nation’s birth so that their children could have the absolute best shot. That is, after all, every parent’s greatest wish. Such was the case of 15-year-old Amanda Mena’s family. The talented young singer was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the U.S. when she was four.
Amanda wowed the judges with her singing voice and earned Mel B’s golden buzzer on America’s Got Talent.
Amanda Mena, from Lynn, Massachusetts performed Aretha Franklin’s ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman.’
“Wow, I am just blown away with your beautiful voice,” said Heidi Klum. “You have a beautiful voice and you’re a beautiful girl.”
“You sang ‘Natural Woman,’ you are supernatural talent,” said Howie Mandel.
“Do you know what you have, Amanda?” asked Simon Cowell. “You have genuinely natural soul. You really really do. I mean, that’s not an easy song to sing. This is an audition we’re going to remember for a long time, Amanda.”
“My gosh, where do I start? That was just incredible.” Said Mel B. “I love you, I love your voice, and this is what I’m going to say to all those bullies.”
Mel B. then pressed the golden buzzer, sending Amanda straight to the live rounds of the show.
Amanda says she has been singing since she was eight-years-old. In 2014, she was the winner of La Voz Kids on Telemundo.
Amanda is the fourth recipient of a golden buzzer so far in Season 13 of AGT. She joins singers Courtney Hadwin and Michael Ketterer as well as acrobatic dance group Zurcaroh.
In America’s Got Talent, a golden buzzer automatically passes the performer or performers to the live rounds of the show. Each judge and the host are allowed to press the golden buzzer once over the course of all audition rounds. The Voice airs Tuesdays at 8pm on NBC.
Amanda has received messages of support from all over the world since her audition aired. Even though it’s been an overwhelming week of outpouring support, this isn’t the 15-year-old’s first rodeo. At 11 years old, Mena won the 2014 season of “La Voz Kids,” the Spanish version of “The Voice Kids,” where she won a contract with Universal Studios and a hit song, “Alma Gemela,” with a music video that can be found on YouTube.
“All the Latino people in America are going through a lot, so I hope they see me and get motivated,” said Mena. “I feel blessed to have all this support, especially from the Hispanic community, and it’s important to show them right now that we can do anything we put our minds to.” Said Amanda when she won “La Voz Kids,”
After her golden buzzer moment, Mena and her mother went out in New York City and celebrated with some ice cream, mint chocolate chip being.