BUSINESS NEWS: Deaf Longmont High Grad Mandy Harvey Advances to “America’s Got Talent” Finals
The 29-year-old singer lost her hearing due to a childhood illness Mandy Harvey, the deaf singer and songwriter with Longmont roots, was one of five performers chosen Wednesday night to advance to next week’s “America’s Got Talent” finals.
To the tune of a piano, the Longmont High graduate sang her original song “Release Me” on Tuesday night before the television show’s four judges.
Harvey, 29, lost her hearing due to a childhood illness in her senior year of high school, but used her perfect pitch and ability to feel vibrations to continue her music career.
Under the spotlight on-stage beside show host Tyra Banks on Wednesday, Harvey was the second contestant chosen to move forward in the competition.
Simon Cowell, who hit his “golden buzzer” on an earlier show to send Harvey directly onto the live shows, spoke of her talent Wednesday night.
“I don’t need to tell Mandy anything because she’s got this all worked out,” he said. “If you can do what you did every week so far, next week in the final, and I know that you can, then you’ve got a real shot and it makes for what I think is gonna be an incredible final ’cause I can’t call it.”
(The season’s last show was held Wednesday night, Sept. 20th, announcing 12 year old ventriloquist Darci Lynn Farmer as the Winner. Mandy came in 4th! Not bad at all and certainly a “winner” since she came out in the top 5 over hundreds of acts that auditioned).
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By Amelia Arvesen, Longmont Times-Call September 14, 2017
[Thanks to Alex Teitz for contributing this article.]