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Michael Ketterer
Age (at audition) 40
Sex Male
Act Singer
Seasons 13
Position Reached 5th Place

Michael Ketterer was a singer act from Season 13 of America's Got Talent. He finished the competition in 5th place.


Michael Ketterer is a singer/songwriter from Knoxville, Tennessee. He currently makes up 1/4 of a worship collective called "Influence Music" out of Anaheim, California. He and his wife Ivey moved to Southern California in 2014.

He currently works as a nurse in Anaheim.  One of the kids from fellow Season 13 act Voices of Hope Children's Choir is one of his patients.


Michael Ketterer's audition in Episode 1302 consisted of singing Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody". Impressed with his performance, Simon Cowell pressed the Golden Buzzer, sending Michael straight to the Quarterfinals.


Michael Ketterer's Week 3 Quarterfinals in Episode 1315 consisted of singing "Us" by James Bay. Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell all gave him standing ovations. Michael received enough votes to advance to the Semifinals in Episode 1316 along with Christina Wells instead of Rob Lake.


Michael Ketterer's Week 1 Semifinals performance in Episode 1317 consisted of singing "When I Look At You" by Miley Cyrus. Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell all gave him standing ovations. Michael received enough votes to advance to the Finals in Episode 1318 instead of Amanda Mena and Makayla Phillips.


Michael Ketterer's Finals performance in Episode 1321 consisted of singing a stripped-back version of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terell. Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell all gave him standing ovations.


For the finale in Episode 1322, Michael Ketterer sang "The Courage to Love", a song written especially for him by Garth Brooks, at Simon's request. He received enough votes to advance to the Top 5 instead of Courtney Hadwin. He finished the competition in 5th place behind Shin Lim, Zurcaroh, Brian King Joseph and Samuel J. Comroe.

After the Show

After his performance in the Finale, it was revealed that Garth Brooks invited Michael Ketterer to perform with him at Notre Dame Stadium on October 20. However, one day after the season finale aired, Michael was arrested for domestic violence. [1] As a result, Garth Brooks’ decision to perform with Michael at Notre Dame Stadium was reversed.


  • Michael Ketterer was the only singer in the Top 5.
  • He was also the highest placing singing act of the season.
  • Michael is the first act to eliminate two Golden Buzzer acts in the same results group.

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