Deaf Christian singer wows Simon Cowell on America’s Got Talent
By Kevin Payne
Simon Cowell rarely finds a reason to hit the golden buzzer on America’s Got Talent, but, he did just that on this week’s show.
America’s Got Talent has just returned for its 12th season and the judges already have several new and talented singers to excite the audience. One of the new talents is 29-year-old Mandy Harvey, who pulled of the almost impossible by causing Simon to hit the Golden Buzzer.
Harvey lost her residual hearing 10 years ago, but her disability has not dampened her spirit or her musical talent. Her pitch-perfect performance won not only her place on the show, but Simon’s praise as well. The Golden Buzzer means that Harvey will move immediately to the Live AGT shows.
“I’ve been signing since I was 4,” Harvey told the judges. “I left music after I lost my hearing, but I figured out how to get back into singing with muscle memory, using visual tuners and trusting my pitch.”
After Simon hit the buzzer, which sent Harvey straight to the live shows, he approached her on stage and told her that her performance was one of the most amazing things he had ever seen and heard.
Harvey received a standing ovation from the crowd and the judges while performing her self-written song, “Try.”
She said that she focuses on the lyrics and the meanings of the words instead of hitting the right notes.
“Hope must never be lost,” Harvey said. “In it we find strength and it is our duty to show and give hope to others.”
Photo:In this undated photo provided by NBC, Mandy Harvey sings during auditions for the show "America's Got Talent" in Pasadena, Calif. Harvey, a deaf singer is moving on to the semifinals of “America’s Got Talent” after delivering a performance that aired Tuesday, June 6, 2017, that judge Simon Cowell calls “one of the most amazing things” he’s ever seen or heard. Mandy Harvey told the judges on the NBC reality competition that she suffers from a connective tissue disorder and she lost her hearing when she was 18. Now 29, Harvey said she taught herself to sing again using muscle memory and visual tuners. (Trae Patton/NBC via AP)