Mandy Harvey was actually on season 12 of "America's Got Talent" in 2017, but I totally missed it and found her story inspiring, and her gift, amazing. She has near-perfect pitch, and she's deaf!
She auditioned with a song she wrote called "Try", and got the Golden Buzzer from Simon Cowell, which means you skip the judges' rounds. She made it all the way to the finals and finished in 4th place.
She says singing without sound is a lot of work and that she practices 40 to 70 hours a week working on diction, pitch and singing. She also performs without shoes to feel the band and the beat.
Mandy was born with deformed eustachian tubes. This led to infections, perforated eardrums and surgeries. She was also born with a connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type 3. But she was still determined to become a choir director. At 18, she enrolled in the vocal music education program at Colorado State University. Her dream was shattered within the first month because she couldn't understand her teachers. Then she totally lost her hearing in the next 9 months and was dropped from the music program. She moved back home and fell into a deep depression; she stopped leaving her house and quit living.
Eventually, she picked herself up and started singing again, this time using a visual tuner to see if she sang on tune...and she totally did.
And as they say..."the rest is history".