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All About 'Disengage,' the Original Song by Kieran Rhodes That Wowed the AGT Judges

The Berklee College of Music student stunned the crowd with his emotional singing and piano-playing. 

By Christopher Rosa

One of the highlights from Week 4 of America's Got Talent Season 17 Auditions was Kieran Rhodes, a student and singer who performed an original tune that floored the Judges. The song was called "Disengage," and its lyrics immediately resonated with the crowd. Read on to learn more about Rhodes, his Audition, and the song that made Howie Mandel call him "a star." 

Who is Kieran Rhodes from AGT 2022

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Watch the Season 19 premiere of America’s Got Talent Tuesday, May 28 at 8/7c on NBC and next day on Peacock

Kieran Rhodes is a 20-year-old Berklee College of Music student who completely taught himself how to sing and play the piano. After playing baseball all his life, Rhodes told the AGT Judges he had a "sudden urge" his freshman year of high school to learn how to play music, citing Billy Joel as an inspiration. The rest is history. Rhodes is now actively pursuing music and says AGT is the best way for him to introduce himself to the world. 

For his Audition, Rhodes started playing a Billy Joel song, but Simon Cowell stopped him and asked him to play an original song instead. That's when the magic happened. Rhodes then performed his song "Disengaged," earning four yeses from the Judges and endless praise. 

"You are a star, young man," Howie Mandel told him. 

What is Kieran Rhodes' song "Disengage" about? 

During his Audition, Rhodes told the Judges, "I wrote this song last semester in the fall. I went through a lot of depression during that time. I wrote this song trying to get through that, and I hope that it can resonate with you." 

What are the lyrics to Kieran Rhodes' song "Disengage?"

Soon she'll be gone

She'll pack up shop and run along 

And you can't stop it 

It's a real high hurdle, but you'll have to hop it 


Get out of range 

We weren't made to change 

Someone's 'gotta help me

Someone's 'gotta help me 

Someone's 'gotta help me disengage 

This is all inside your head 

Your life is fine, your love ain't dead 

The worst part is your mind keeps moving 

But this life is a lesson, and we're just improving 

Someone's 'gotta help me

Someone's 'gotta help me 

Someone's 'gotta help me 

Help me disengage 

Where can I stream "Disengage" by Kieran Rhodes?

"Disengage" is available wherever you stream music (Spotify, Apple Music, etc.), along with other original songs by Rhodes. 

America's Got Talent airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.