Deaf ‘America’s Got Talent’ Singer Delivers Tear-Jerking Cover Of “Over The Rainbow”

The Kennedy Center/YouTube

Last week, we were treated to one of the most amazing and moving performances ever aired on television when deaf singer, Mandy Harvey, took the America’s Got Talent stage. 

29-year old Harvey suffered from a connective tissue disorder which caused her to lose her hearing at the age of 18. At the time, Harvey was in college studying music and was forced to rethink her career choice. Instead of giving up on her musical dreams, Harvey chose to overcome her new challenges by finding a way to continue to performing. 

With the help of muscle-memory and sight-based training, Harvey continued singing and has now found a new way to share her gift. During Tuesday night’s episode (June 6) of America’s Got Talent, the singer wowed the judges with her performance of her self-penned tune “Try.” The jaw-dropping song earned Harvey a standing ovation and a Golden Buzzer from judge Simon Cowel. 

Now, new footage of past performances from Mandy Harvey are surfacing on the internet as fans are begging to hear more from the star in the making. 

On July 25, 2013, in celebration of the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and National Council on Independent Living Conference, Harvey gave a full concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Videos of Harvey’s Kennedy Center performances have made their way online and were too good not to share! In addition to performing some of her original music, the vocalist also performed the Etta James classic “At Last” and Judy Garland’s Wizard of Oz hit “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” 

Hear Mandy Harvey sing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” in the video below.

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