Brian Justin Crum Hopes to ‘Inspire the LGBT Youth’ After Wowing America’s Got Talent Judges with His Powerful Voice

When it came to auditioning for America’s Got Talent, Brian Justin Crum had more on his agenda than just wowing the judges with his voice.

“For me, it’s really important to inspire the LGBT youth – for them to know that we are a very bullied and a very misunderstood community, but not only does it get better, it gets amazing,” Crum tells PEOPLE. “If you work hard enough, you can have whatever you want and more. That’s where I’m at right now. I’m in a place finally where all my dreams are coming true because I stuck with it.”

During his audition, the 28-year-old admitted that he “had a lot of hard times” when he was growing up, and wants to be an example for the younger generation.

“It’s so important for kids in general – but especially LGBT kids – to see someone do well,” he says. “That’s what I would like people to know.”

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The San Diego native, who sang his own rendition of Queen’s “Somebody to Love,” says that he has “been working at this music thing for many years,” but admits that the industry is hard to break into.

“I played around with the idea of auditioning for The Voice or American Idol, but something about America’s Got Talent seemed to be a really good fit for me,” he says. “I feel like the other competitions are so oversaturated with singers that I thought that this would be the perfect moment. I auditioned and it went very well. I’m hoping to have continued success there.”

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After receiving a standing ovation from the crowd and all four judges – Simon Cowell, Mel B, Howie Mandel, and Heidi Klum – Crum felt validated.

“I have a vision,” he says. “This is something I’ve thought about for a long time and I’m ready to show America everything that’s going on inside of my wacky brain! I’m really excited to perform and I just can’t wait.”

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