A teenager from Hazard is headed to Washington D.C. to audition for America's Got Talent on Nov. 5.
19-year-old Jeremy Farmer said he was approached by someone from the show who saw his YouTube channel. Farmer said after being in a bad car accident at age 12 and in a coma for months, he had a lot of time to learn how to play the guitar.
He said his father influenced him during his recovery before he died a year and a half ago. He also credits his grandfather who died two months ago with encouraging his musical talents.
“I just want to make my dad proud and my town,” said Farmer.
“’Cause Haven King and Coal Mining Our Future sponsored me, gave me some money to go and so did Leigh Anne Stephens and T's Pharmacy - the town's been great to me.”
Farmer said he nearly lost one of his legs in the accident seven years ago involving a coal truck with a driver who was under the influence.
“I was basically in the house for four years,” said Farmer.
“And my dad was like my only friend, so when he passed it was rough.”
Farmer said that his father’s death has encouraged him to write songs. He said he gets emotional when he plays them.
The 19-year-old said he has only been walking for two years.
Farmer said he enjoys his job at the Hazard Police Department but feels he is destined for a future in music and hopes to make it all the way to Las Vegas.
He said he plans to play “Slide” by the Goo Goo Dolls or “Swing Life Away” by Rise Against for his audition in D.C.