America's Got Talent: Watch Deaf Singer Mandy Harvey Wow the Judges

This Tuesday on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, 29-year-old Mandy Harvey earned a Golden Buzzer from lead judge Simon Cowell, with her sweet, lilting performance of an original song.

Mandy, who has been Deaf since age 18, did so while feeling the tempo of the music through her stocking feet and after conversing with the judges through an interpreter, as seen in the clip above.

Having lost her hearing due to the deterioration of nerves stemming from a connective tissue disorder, Mandy, who has been singing since age 4, employs assorted means to keep her performances in pitch. She details her story and technique in video, before launching into “Try,” a song she wrote about electing to do more with her life than “give up.”

It’s all pretty beautiful, I gotta say.

Watch Mandy “Try” and succeed, then share your own reactions.

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7 Comments
  1. Mike says:

    “deaf”, not “Deaf”, which is just another form of identity politics.

    • j says:

      Good thing you’re here to point out that horrifying use of capitalization. Otherwise, a marginalized group of people might develop the mistaken impression that they can be shown a small amount of respect without anyone else feeling offended by it for some reason.

      • E. D. Boddy says:

        Respect is conferred by capitalization? That’s a new one on me. Why are you bigoted against lower-case letters?

        • Hannah says:

          Oh grow up – the uppercase D signifies someone who identifies with the community. There are plenty of deaf people who want nothing to do with the history, culture, and community that Deaf people have embraced. If they had picked another name to signify the difference, idiots would still be complaining about it.

  2. Joey Padron says:

    She did great in her audition. Glad she got the golden buzzer.

  3. Sarah Teresa says:

    I’m not crying! You’re crying!!!

  4. Molly says:

    Beautiful.