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Garth Brooks Writes Emotional Original Song For America’s Got Talent Finale.

Every singer has their muse. Someone who inspired them to sing, or who inspires the way they sing. It may be Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, or Justin Timberlake.

Well, America’s Got Talent contestant, Michael Ketterer, now has a new one to add to his list – Garth Brooks.


On September 4th, Ketterer finished his rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “When I Look At You” and the judges were blown away by the performance. Simon Cowell, praised the singer’s talent and called him an “extraordinary human being.”

Cowell continued, and said that he knew just the person who should write a song for Ketterer to perform – legendary country singer, Garth Brooks. He then made a public plea to Brooks saying, “Garth, if you’re watching the show, please write Michael a song for the final, if he makes it to the final.”

As it turned out, Ketterer made it to the final and he was on board with Cowell’s suggestion. He even took to social media to campaign the idea, hoping it would get to Brooks.


Ketterer could have easily covered one of Brooks’ songs, but there’s obviously something a little more special about having a legend write an original song just for him.

Then, on September 13, Brooks responded. In a Facebook video, he watched the clip of Cowell’s praise and suggestion. He laughed at the TV screen as he said, “no pressure!” Apparently, even celebrities can fall victim to the pressures of reality competition shows.


Brooks came around though, and announced that he had written a song just for Ketterer to sing in the final round.

On September 14, Ketterer took the stage to sing Brooks’ original, “Courage to Love.”


The song was incredible. Brooks has a way of writing powerful ballads, and “Courage to Love” was no different. The lyrics, combined with Ketterer’s talent created one of the most epic performances of the season. Anyone who hears it should be prepared to have shivers and goosebumps.

When he finished the song, Ketterer was met with a standing ovation from the audience and all four judges. The show’s host, Tyra Banks, asked Cowell “did Garth come through?” and the opinionated judge replied, “I’m overwhelmed.” Which is probably the best way to describe how the song and performance made everyone feel.

Watch Ketterer’s performance in the video below – and share the love with your friends.

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