Deaf vocalist Mandy Harvey, a popular finalist on “America’s Got Talent,” will present a Lyceum Series concert at Baylor University on Monday, March 25, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. This concert is co-sponsored by the Baylor University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
While a Vocal Music Education major at Colorado State University in 2006-2007, Mandy lost her residual hearing at age eighteen due to a connective tissue disorder, and left the program. She pursued several career options, including education, but returned to music in 2008. She quickly became a regular performer at Jay’s Bistro in Fort Collins and then branched out to having regular concerts at Denver’s Dazzle Jazz Lounge, one of the Top 100 Jazz venues in the world.
Mandy’s music attracts the attention of those around the world, adding to her message of “hope, dream, and believe.” She made a tremendous impact by way of NBC-TV’s “America’s Got Talent,” reaching the finals and becoming Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer Winner. In addition, CNN’s “Great Big Story” captured over ten million hits on social media, Burt’s Bees signed her up for their “Remarkable Women” campaign, NBC Nightly News profiled her, and she has started performing at the world’s most prestigious clubs, concert stages, and festivals.
In addition to her recording career, live performances, and inspirational speaking, Mandy Harvey has released her first book—Sensing the Rhythm: Finding My Voice In a World Without Sound—with a message of helping others to realize their dreams and pursue their hopes. As an Ambassador for No Barriers USA, she travels the country to heighten awareness, break down blocks, challenge stereotypes, and lead the charge toward a brighter future for all.
While her dream of becoming a choir director has died, the music is still alive and well within her. Though her hearing loss is profound, her timing, pitch, and passion are perfect. With support from friends, family, and her faith, Mandy continues to find joy in the music.
This Lyceum Series concert, made possible by the Meadows Foundation of Dallas, is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.