Deaf singer scores Golden Buzzer on 'America's Got Talent'

Harvey sang with her shoes off so she could feel the tempo of her musical accompaniment through vibrations in the stage floor.
By Vicky Webb | Oct 10, 2017
Mandy Harvey, who lost her hearing at age 18, got a standing ovation on stage of NBC's 'America's Got Talent' and the program's Golden Buzzer with her original song titled 'Try.'

"I have a connective tissue disorder, so basically I got sick and my nerves deteriorated," Harvey explained to Simon Cowell, as reported by ENews. She was accompanied by her interpreter, Sarah.

According to Harvey, she started singing when she was four, but gave up music when she lost her hearing. When she decided to return to her art, she used visual tuners and trusted her muscle memory and pitch.

Harvey sang with her shoes off so she could feel the tempo of her musical accompaniment through vibrations in the stage floor.

She told the judges that she wrote 'Try' after she lost her hearing, saying she wanted "to do more with my life than just give up."

Cowell and the other judges were blown away by the song.

"That was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen and heard," Cowell told Harvey. "Honestly, I never thing 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."

On Wednesday, Harvey posted a big thank-you message to her family, friends, and the judges at America's Got Talent.

America's Got Talent airs at 8 p.m. Tuesdays on NBC.

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