A deaf singer is moving on to the semifinals of “America’s Got Talent” after delivering a performance 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 that she lost her hearing when she was 18.
“I have a connective tissue disorder, so basically I got sick and my nerves deteriorated,” she explained to Cowell, who was obviously blown away.
Now 29, the St. Cloud, Florida, resident says she taught herself to sing again. She communicated with the help of a sign language interpreter and spoke without issue.
Harvey received a standing ovation from the crowd and the judges while performing her self-written song, “Try,” on ukulele. She penned because, “after I lost my hearing, I gave up. But I want to do more with my life than just give up,” she said.
Harvey has been singing since she was 4; she was able to feel the tempo and beat of the music through the floor of the stage with her bare feet and by memory.
“That was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen and heard,” Cowell told Harvey. “Honestly, I never think I’m going to be surprised or amazed by people and then you turn up. Just the fact that you are you, and it was your voice, your tone, the song was beautiful. Congratulations, you are straight through to the live shows.”
In her down time, Harvey will play a few dates in her home state. Catch her for three services on July 31, 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Community Christian Church, 10001 W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac; 954-724-7400; http://communitycc.com/mandyharvey/