'AGT: All-Stars': Where is Mandy Harvey now? A look at pitch perfect deaf singer's career after NBC show
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: ‘America’s Got Talent: All Stars’ 2023 premiered on Monday, January 2 and has already thrown a plethora of exciting performances and moments for fans. Week 4 of the episode saw as many as four past winners return to the stage to try their luck again. Monday, January 30 will see a number of further familiar faces return to the stage of the NBC show.
The following article looks at one such performer in the form of Mandy Harvey. The musician returns to ‘AGT’ after gaining considerable fame in recent years, following her first performance on season 12 of ‘America’s Got Talent.’ Here, we look at her profile.
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Where is Mandy Harvey now?
Amanda Lynn Harvey is an American jazz and pop singer and songwriter who was born on January 2, 1988, in Cincinnati, Ohio. She later moved to St Cloud, Florida with her family, where she had hearing problems and underwent several surgeries as a child. They later moved to Colorado, where she sang throughout her childhood, and her talent was recognized in Longmont High School where she graduated in 2006.
Unfortunately, she gradually lost her hearing as a result of the connective tissue disease Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and lost her hearing completely when she was 18 years old while she was majoring in vocal music education at Colorado State University. As a result, she left the university.
After completely losing her hearing ability in 2007, Harvey became depressed and quit music. However, with the aid of visual tuners, she learned how to find the correct pitches when singing. In 2008, she met jazz pianist Mark Sloniker at Jay's Bistro in Fort Collins, Colorado where she began performing regularly. She later performed at Dazzle Jazz Lounge in Denver and recorded three studio jazz albums. JazzTimes wrote of her 2009 debut album, 'Smile', claiming, "The vocals are rich and captivating."
Her second album, 'After You've Gone', was released in 2010. In 2011, Harvey won VSA's International Young Soloist Award. She later returned to perform at the Kennedy Center. Her third album, 'All of Me', followed in 2014, and her fourth album, 'Nice To Meet You', was released in 2019, and her fifth album, 'Paper Cuts', arrived in 2022.
In 2017, Harvey appeared on 'America's Got Talent' during season 12, where she took fourth place. She was given the Golden Buzzer by Simon Cowell after performing an original song with her ukulele during the competition. During the same year of her ‘AGT’ appearance, Harvey published a memoir 'Sensing the Rhythm: Finding My Voice in a World Without Sound' with co-author Mark Atteberry.
In a November 2017 interview, Harvey described how she was accused of promoting oralism when she first took to the stage and had received death threats from within the deaf community for promoting a "hearing" activity. In July 2022, Cowell ranked his favorite Top 15 Golden Buzzer moments in ‘AGT’ history during season 17, in which Harvey placed 5th.
‘America’s Got Talent: All Stars’ 2023 can be watched on NBC at 8 pm ET every Monday.