Johnny Shelton Tugs Heartstrings With ‘That’s Love’ on America’s Got Talent 10 (VIDEO)

Johnny Shelton sang “That’s Love” (an original song) on the America’s Got Talent 10 Season Premiere on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

When we meet him, Johnny explains how he started playing guitar when he was 6, noting that it always gave him chills. He knew since he was little that he wanted to do this for the rest of his life. He goes on to add that he’s doing this for his son, who passed away from cancer on his fifth birthday, and this brings him to tears. Hell, it brings me to tears, and I’m not even a father. He says that two months ago, he played for the first time in a long time, and he’s never felt closer to his son. Onstage, he sings an original song called “That’s Love”, and it’s getting really hard to write this through all the goosebumps.

While I’ve heard better voices, it’s rare to see 1) this level of songwriting capability, and 2) this level of pure, raw feeling on a talent show like this. It’s one of the most beautiful auditions I’ve ever seen on a talent show. It’s so beautiful, it’s almost to the point that it’s hard to watch. The kind of beautiful akin to staring directly into the sun. The rawness of his pain is hard to see, but his perseverance and the depth of his feeling is just stunning and uplifting. Howie and Heidi give him a standing ovation, but not before the ENTIRE CROWD does. Johnny breaks down in tears. And you just might too, once you watch this heartstring-tugging audition below:

Johnny Shelton Tugs Heartstrings With 'That's Love' on America's Got Talent 10 (VIDEO)

After the performance, Howie notes how deeply moving Johnny’s performance just was. Meanwhile, Heidi says the song made her very emotional, noting that as a mother of four children, she can’t even imagine how he feels. She thanks him for sharing this with them all. Mel B says Johnny really does have something special, as you could hear a pin drop in this studio. Howard said it was real and from the heart, saying he’s not only a great songwriter, he’s got an exceptional sound as well. Lastly, Howie speaks up again and says he can feel Johnny’s son’s energy in this room with him now, and among all of them. This makes Johnny even more emotional, and yeah, I’m basically writing this through a fog of waterworks. All four judges say yes.

JOHNNY SHELTON advances to the next round!

But what do you think of Johnny Shelton? How far do you think he can go? Sound off in the comments!

And if you missed tonight’s show, check out our live blog/recap with videos: America’s Got Talent 10 – Live Blog and Recap – Audition 1 (VIDEO)

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