In a show-stopping, standing-ovation performance Tuesday, deaf singer-songwriter Mandy Harvey wowed the audience and the judges on America’s Got Talent.
Despite losing residual hearing 10 years ago, Mandy’s pitch-perfect performance won not only her place on the show but Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer, which means she will ascend immediately to the live AGT shows.
Mandy, who is 29, was a vocal music education major at Colorado State University when she “got sick” with a connective tissue disorder that destroyed the nerve endings in her ears.
“I’ve been singing since I was 4,” she told Cowell and the other AGT judges. “I left music after I lost my hearing and then figured out how to get back into singing with muscle memory, using visual tuners and trusting my pitch.”
She gave up music and her hopes to be a choral conductor. Yet in her despair, she never gave up her faith in Jesus Christ. “I don’t think I would have survived it if I hadn’t (had faith),” she explained.
Something the mainstream media aren’t covering is that Mandy is an outspoken Christian. She writes worship songs, such as the highly inspirational “It Is Well.”
“Let it go my soul, and trust in Him; the waves and wind still know His Name,” she sings in clear, resonant tones.
Mandy attributes her faith in Jesus Christ to getting her through the loss of her sense of hearing. “I didn’t know who I was, I didn’t know how to communicate with people, I didn’t want to look at people, I didn’t want to leave my room. I shut myself off from the world. And the only thing I couldn’t shut myself off from is God, and communication there. I certainly tried. I was angry enough that I stopped talking to Him, but I never lost my faith.”
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SOURCE: Lifesite News, Mark Hodges