In a show-stopping, standing-ovation performance Tuesday, deaf singer-songwriter Mandy Harvey wowed the audience and the judges on America's Got Talent. She got sick, her nerves deteriorated, and there was no cure for her.
But the 29-year-old didn't let that stop her and kept pursuing music using her ideal pitch and her ability to feel vibrations to keep singing. Her professional Facebook page lists her current location as Orlando, Florida.
Mandell started a standing ovation before Harvey even finished singing, and was quickly joined by the other three judges and the live audience.
Read the full story at The Times-Call. Despite this huge obstacle she faced and is still facing, she figured out how to get back into singing assisted by muscle memory, visual tuners and trusting her pitch. But when she lost her ability to hear she gave up her love for music. This assumption was correct and Harvey said, "Yes, "I'm feeling the tempo and beat through the floor". And the only thing I couldn't shut myself off from is God, and communication there.
These revelations stunned Cowell and fellow judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Melanie Brown.
Harvey played the ukulele and sang her song beautifully, with the opening lines, "I don't feel the way I used to / The sky is gray, much more than it is blue / But I know one day I'll get through / And I'll take my place again / If I would try / If I would try". Mandy Harvey, age 29, is now off to the live shows, and we are excited to see her bright future unfold. "That was one of the most fantastic things I've ever seen and heard", Cowell commented after Mandy's performance.
"Honestly, I never think I'm gonna be surprised or amazed by people, and then you turn up", he said to Mandy on stage.