Singer lost her hearing and gave up hope — then 'wowed' millions

Billy Hallowell, Pureflix.comApr 01, 2019 08:38 AM EDT
Mandy Harvey sings on "America's Got Talent." | Screenshot: NBC

It's been two years since Mandy Harvey absolutely stunned the world with her viral "America's Got Talent" performance - a display that left the typically harsh Simon Cowell in awe. Harvey's vocals were on-point, but that wasn't the only reason Cowell, his fellow judges and the studio audience erupted in applause and a standing ovation.

The accolades came after Harvey revealed just before her performance that she's deaf, having lost her hearing about 10 years prior at the age of 18. It was a traumatic experience, as she could no longer hear the music she had grown to love.

"I lost the ability to hear the piano, and that's when I started to crack," she recently told "The Pure Flix Podcast."

Listen to Harvey explain how she lost her hearing, nearly gave up hope - and then overcame the odds:

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