Timothy Michael Poe won over the crowd and the judges of NBC’s America’s Got Talent even before he began to sing, with his moving story of blocking a grenade blast in 2009 to save his buddies in Afghanistan — an act of heroism he said broke his back and left him with a brain injury. (Video embedded below.)
When a judge remarked during the episode broadcast Monday on the disappearance of Poe’s stutter during his cover of a Garth Brooks song, he spun another tale: He discovered his talent only after his speech therapist suggested he sing in the shower to help with the stutter.
The truth, according to an ex-wife, was that Poe not only was never hurt on the battlefield, he had been singing “pretty much his whole life” and spent four years fronting an alternative rock and cover band in Rochester, Minn. A MySpace page last updated in February 2009 for the Rochester band Crawl Space lists Poe as vocalist. READ FULL STORY