Matt Mauser has delivered a moving America's Got Talent audition after losing his wife in the same crash that killed Kobe Bryant.
The fifty-one-year-old musician took to the stage of AGT to perform a cover of Phil Collins' Against All Odds, but before he did, he opened up to the judges about his loss.
Speaking with judges, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Sofía Vergara, and Howie Mandel before his performance, Matt said: "I'm a singer. And I'm here because my wife and I... we were both schoolteachers, and we retired from teaching so that I could do the music full-time. And she got the opportunity to coach girls' basketball with Kobe Bryant. But on January 26th of 2020, I lost my wife in the same helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant."
Matt also shared more about his relationship with Christina and their life with 3 children in a pre-recorded package, where he described their life as "dreamy."
"Before January 26th, me and Christina lived this dreamy kind of life. We met in 2004. She came and saw me playing at this dive bar, and I asked her out, and we sat in my car and we talked about music," Matt said.
"She was just this very humble, powerful, beautiful human being. My mom said, 'If you don't marry that girl, you're stupid.' We were married for fifteen years. We had 3 beautiful children."
"When she left that day, she kissed me and she said, 'I love you,'' Matt continued. "And that was the last thing my wife ever said to me. Your whole life changes in a second."
Christina coached basketball at Bryant's Mamba Sports Academy. Christina died in the same helicopter crash that killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, on January 26th, 2020.
"There was pain," he added. "My focus immediately went to my children. You start to say, 'All right, she would want me to carry on.' She would want our kids to have happy lives, which I don't know it's possible, but I'm gonna try. You know, if I had it my way, I would have my wife, and I would be supporting her. But that's not what happened. You know, it's been a rough year. But...here I am."
Following his stunning performance, which saw him move to the next round, Matt had a message for his children.
"I would like to make sure that my children see that, in spite of the grief that we've been through this year and that grief is not gonna define who we are as a family and that my children see that you have to find joy in life and you have to continue," he said. "And if this can anyway help my children to chase their dreams, then I'll take it."
Good luck to Matt on the rest of his AGT journey.