Hicks, whose soulful voice and smile made her an early favorite, performed at Got Talent in Boston in July
The 22-year-old singer performed in Charlotte in May
Hicks started singing professionally as a teenager and performed nationwide
A top-rated singer who unexpectedly died at age 23 while auditioning for “America’s Got Talent” Wednesday was a talented singer who had a bright future.
Family and friends identified young singer Skilyr Hicks as the performer who suddenly died on stage during the auditions for “America’s Got Talent” in New York City.
Her full name was Skilyr Hicks.
Hicks’ talent and appeal quickly caught the attention of both fans and media in the US and UK. The 23-year-old country singer, whose a voice full of soul, had the chance to win “America’s Got Talent” when she performed a unique version of “Mercy” by Passenger on July 18.
Hours before she was set to perform on “America’s Got Talent,” Hicks posted a message on Instagram with the news that she had landed a spot on the show.
“I’m truly honored to be a part of #AGT17 and be among these amazing acts,” she wrote. “Coming in as a wild card I feel very blessed! Keep your fingers crossed for me, I’m going to give it my all!”
The singer then performed a song that showcased her first love — Country music.
In May, Hicks appeared on the Charlotte’s Got Talent, singing a duet with her boyfriend. The judges awarded her second place.
Hicks’ father wrote on Facebook that his daughter is a “soulful” singer from Tennessee who landed in New York City.
“This has gone far beyond our wildest dreams,” Dustin Hicks wrote. “My daughter has died just before going on stage to sing to millions of people on the #AGT stage…i have never been so heartbroken…but i will miss her so much…I love you ma’am. I will see you on the other side.”