Who is Mandy Harvey?
Amanda Lynn Harvey was born on 2 January 1988, in Cincinnati, Ohio USA, and is a singer as well as a songwriter, best known from participating during the 12th season of the reality competition show “America’s Got Talent”. She is especially known for being able to sing well, despite being deaf.
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Leaving for shows in CA! Still some tix left for HOLLYWOOD at Catalina's (link below) also here is a photo by the lovely @sbraunphotos …taken on a roof top (this girl is crazy afraid of heights..facing another barrier) http://www.bandsintown.com/artist_events/18640601?came_from=206
The Net Worth of Mandy Harvey
How rich is Mandy Harvey? As of late-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $1 million, earned through a successful career in the music industry. She’s collaborated with other music personalities over the course of her career, and as she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Disorder
When she was still young, Mandy and her family moved from Cincinnati to St. Cloud, Florida where she would grow up. The family discovered that she was experiencing hearing problems as a child, and had to undergo surgery several times to try and correct the problem. The family then moved to Colorado, where she started developing a strong interest in singing. Many recognized her talents especially while she was attending Longmont High School.
After matriculating in 2006, her hearing disorder was gradually declining, due to what was diagnosed as a case of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a genetic connective tissue disorder that can cause loose joints, abnormal scars and stretchy skin, and numerous complications within the body, such as dislocation, chronic pain, or scoliosis. It is caused by a mutation of different genes which happens during early development. In her case, it was her hearing that was affected, and although there is no known for the disease, physical therapy may help strengthen the muscles. It affects about one in 5,000 people, with the first discoveries made by Edvard Ehlers and Henri-Alexandre Danlos who described these issues at the turn of the 20th century. At 18 years of age, she lost the remainder of her hearing while enrolled at the Colorado State University, taking up vocal music education, after which she then left the university.
— Mandy Harvey (@mandyharvey) November 19, 2017
While Harvey initially gave up all hope of pursuing a music career, things turned around when she met Mark Sloniker, a jazz pianist in 2008 while at Jay’s Bistro in Fort Collins. From then on she started performing regularly, teaching herself how to sing despite not being able to hear her own voice. Later, she performed at the Dazzle Jazz Lounge in Denver, and recorded several jazz albums – her debut album entitled “Smile” got great reviews from the “JazzTimes” stating that her vocals are captivating. In 2011, she won a VSA International Young Soloist Award, and then performed at the Kennedy Center.
In 2017, she decided to audition for the reality television competition “America’s Got Talent” or AGT which is a part of the “Got Talent” franchise created by Simon Cowell. The show attracts various participants from around the US possessing some form of talent, who perform in front of a panel of judges, aside from Cowell including Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B. Those that make it to the live episodes compete against each other to gain public votes. The winner receives a large cash prize paid over a period of time.
Mandy was successful in her audition at AGT, making it to the live performances, climbing up the ranks until she finished in fourth place in the competition, using the ukulele and performing many original songs. Shortly after her appearance in the show, she published a memoir co-authored with Mark Atteberry, entitled “Sensing the Rhythm: Finding My Voice in a World Without Sound”.
She has attracted a lot of attention thanks to her ability to be able to sing at a professional level, despite being unable to hear a sound. She mentions that she learned how to catch her tune while listening to the vibrations of the instruments and the floor, and often performs barefoot to help her feel the music around her, and uses visual tuners to help her find pitch. Her performance has seen her gather a lot of fans and supporters, becoming an advocate for people with disabilities. She has been accused by some detractors of promoting oralism, a teaching on helping deaf students use oral language by lip reading and speech through mimicking mouth shapes as well as breathing patterns, and has even received death threats from within the deaf community.
For her personal life, not much is known in terms of any romantic relationships of Harvey. There are rumors that she is married, though she has not shared any details to support that. She spends a lot of free time doing philanthropic work, and is the ambassador for the nonprofit organization called No Barriers which aims to help people with disabilities overcome obstacles. She is also an advocate for the organization Hear Strong which aims to help empower people who have lost their hearing.
Similar to numerous music artists, she promotes a lot of her work and advocacies through social media, with accounts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, on which she mainly promotes her music and upcoming live performances. She is also on YouTube, on which there are a few posts of her performances, but her channel has not been updated for a year.