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Mandy Harvey

SELAH, Wash. -- In advance of this weekend’s concert at The Seasons Performance Hall, a deaf singer-songwriter and “America’s Got Talent” semi-finalist will appear at a local middle school to share her message of hope and making dreams a reality.

Mandy Harvey will appear at 6 p.m. Friday at Selah Middle School-VPAC to share her experience overcoming life’s challenges. Tickets for the event are being sold as a fundraiser for Selah High School’s ASL PAH! Club to advance educational opportunities for students learning American Sign Language. For people interested in seeing Harvey in concert, tickets are still available for her Saturday night appearance at The Seasons.

As an 18-year-old vocal music education major at Colorado State University, Harvey — now 30 — lost her residual hearing due to a neurological disorder. She left the program to pursue other career options but returned to music about a year later.

After regular performances at a venue in Colorado, Harvey began performing at Denver’s Dazzle Jazz Lounge, one of the top 100 jazz venues in the world.

In 2017, she took fourth place on “America’s Got Talent,” becoming increasingly recognizable for her live performances and motivational speaking.

In addition to writing her first book, Harvey also is a spokesperson for No Barriers USA and Invisible Disabilities Association.

“She travels the country to heighten awareness, break down blocks, challenge stereotypes and lead the charge toward a brighter future for all,” according to Harvey’s artist bio.

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