Deaf singer from Longmont to compete on ‘America’s Got Talent’

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LONGMONT, Colo. — A talented local jazz singer dazzles audiences with her voice — but she can’t hear the music that she performs.

“I love music because it’s in my DNA,” Longmont native Mandy Harvey said in 2015.

The 29-year-old has had hearing issues her whole life, but everything went silent when she was 18 years old.

She dropped out of Colorado State University, quit music and gave up her dream of becoming a vocal jazz professor.

But, eventually, Harvey began singing again.

Harvey uses a digital tuner to make sure she starts on key. She uses sight reading and muscle memory to do the rest.

She said she focuses on the lyrics and the meanings of the words instead of hitting the right notes — and her message is striking a chord with audiences around the world.

“Hope must never be lost. In it we find strength. And it is our duty to show and give it to others. Hope ‘keeps life moving’ because it pulls us out of any dark situation. Continue to hope and make your dreams a reality,” Harvey states on her website.

Now Harvey is taking another step toward realizing her dream when she competes on “America’s Got Talent.” Season 12 begins Tuesday.

“This adventure begins tonight,” Harvey wrote on Facebook.

Harvey has put out several full-length albums, and she performs regularly in Colorado and in cities across the country.

She’s also working on a Christmas album and a book.