Singing
16-year-old sings song for grandma with Alzheimer’s and has judges emotional
He's not only talented. He's relatable too. I felt every note of this in my bones.
Safet Satara
01.14.22

Grandparents are a blessing. Ask any child, and they’ll tell you just how much love their beloved seniors are ready to give.

Just ask Harry Gardner

Hailing from Essex, England, ask about his granny and he’ll sing you a beautiful song about his precious nan who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Gardner reached the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent in Series 11. He was only 16 years old at the time, and Harry’s fans still remember the beautiful song “Not Alone.”

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YouTube Screenshot - Britain's Got Talent

It reminds us, once again, why we love our grandparents so much. They indeed are the best kind of grownups. Harry penned his emotions and captured our hearts forever.

Gardner’s grandma passed soon after his audition.

When Harry Gardner first got on stage, he stated that he wanted to share his music with other people and see “if they can relate.”

Well, “Not Alone” is the type of song everyone can relate to because we all love our precious grandparents.

Harry’s granny was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s when he was 13 years old, and it had a massive impact on him.

YouTube Screenshot - Britain's Got Talent
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YouTube Screenshot - Britain's Got Talent

Take a look at the sadness on his face when he sings, “tell me just how much I’ve grown, and let me know I’m not alone.” Four judges were blown away.

And Harry got four yeses.

Gardner made his way through the show and got to the semi-finals. However, before he performed in the semi-finals, Harry had some devastating news.

His grandma passed away, so he chose to sing “Supermarket Flowers” by Ed Sheeran.

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YouTube Screenshot - Britain's Got Talent

After establishing a considerable following while competing in Britain’s Got Talent, Gardner worked on several exciting projects, including an EP and the most recent 2021 single “Invisible Man.”

In an interview with mysticsons.com, Gardner explained that he fell in love with the piano from the first moment he played it.

He played “Not Alone” on the piano during his audition, and we must admit that it was one of the most heartwrenching performances we’ve ever seen.

David, one of the judges on BGT, commented on what’s obvious to everyone who watched:

“Harry meant every word.”

YouTube Screenshot - Britain's Got Talent
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YouTube Screenshot - Britain's Got Talent

Is there a better companion for pouring your heart out than a piano? Hardly. Anyway, Harry’s first EP came out in 2018, and he’s been going strong ever since.

With more than 13K followers on Instagram, and 25.7K YouTube subscribers, Gardner has got a huge platform for sharing his music.

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YouTube Screenshot - Britain's Got Talent

Turning brokenness for the good

Devastated by his loss, Gardner started a fundraising campaign to help finance Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Whether Harry’s heartwarming performance touched you deeply or someone close to you suffers from the same disease, you can always contribute to Harry’s fundraising page.

More than £16 million have already been collected, 81% of the targetted amount of £20 million.

YouTube Screenshot - Britain's Got Talent
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YouTube Screenshot - Britain's Got Talent

Harry often speaks about the importance of the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. We’re sorry for your loss, dear boy.

It’s nice to see so many people supporting your noble goals.

His genuineness could move mountains.

When asked about the best piece of advice he’d gotten, Harry said the most important thing is to “be your own fan.”

We agree. Harry put a lot of trust in his music, and look how well it turned out.

You can always draw some inspiration from your personal experiences as long as you stay true to your emotions.

YouTube Screenshot - Britain's Got Talent
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YouTube Screenshot - Britain's Got Talent

Hear Harry’s heartfelt ode to his nan in the video below!

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By Safet Satara
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Safet Satara is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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