Mandy Harvey always knew she wanted to be a musician, but after losing her hearing at 18, she questioned her direction in life.
Now, a decade later, she has three albums under her belt, and tours with a band. How does she do it? The BBC went to find out. Click here.
Mandy Harvey is an award winning singer, songwriter and motivational speaker who just happens to have an invisible disability. A Vocal Music Education major at Colorado State University, Mandy lost her residual hearing in 2006-2007 at age eighteen due to a connective tissue disorder that effected her nerves and left the program. She pursued several career options, including education, but returned to music in 2008, her true passion could no longer be denied. She quickly became a regular performer at various venues and has released three albums thus far. Though her hearing loss is profound, her timing and pitch are perfect and her passion is tremendous. With support from friends, family and her faith, Mandy continues to find joy in music.
In 2011, Mandy won VSA’s Top Young Soloist Award and lived a personal dream of performing at the Kennedy Center in DC. She continues to perform around the United States and has been recently featured on NBC Nights News, Canada AM, The Steve Harvey Show, and the Los Angeles Times. In addition to performing and speaking, Mandy has become an ambassador to both No Barriers USA andInvisible Disabilities Association with a mission to encourage, inspire and assist others to break through their personal barriers.
I don’t usually post about things from the “real world”, outside of Second Life (…there’s an outside to SL?) but this story struck a chord with me, if you’ll excuse the pun, and so I thought I’d share.