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|Birth name||Mandy Harvey|
January 2, 1988 |
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
|Years active||2009 - present|
Mandy Harvey (born January 2, 1988) is a deaf American jazz singer and songwriter. A Vocal Music Education major at Colorado State University, Mandy lost her hearing in 2006-2007 at age eighteen and left the university. She pursued several career options, including education, but returned to music in 2008. Smile (2009) is a self-produced album and has received acclaim from Jazz critics. Her third album "All of Me" (2014) releases November 2014.
Mandy was born in Cincinnati, Ohio before moving to Florida at age two. Daughter to a minister and to an educator, Mandy showed an early talent for singing, but also suffered infrequent periods of deafness. At age ten, her family moved to Colorado. Her vocal talent blossomed and she won numerous school awards, notably Top Female Vocalist at Longmont High School (2006)as a high school senior.
After graduating, Mandy applied and was accepted to Colorado State University and the University of Northern Colorado.. Mandy was one of fifteen students that year that were accepted to be vocal majors. During the first nine months she has lost most of her residual hearing. Discouraged, Mandy left school and returned home to take American Sign Language classes and pursue Elementary Education at a local community college. Once she returned home Mandy decided that she would take a year off of singing, but she did continue to play the guitar with her father. One day while searching the internet Mandy and her father discovered a song titled "Come Home" by OneRepublic. Mandy's father suggested that she learn the lyrics. Mandy thought this would be impossible but she gave it her best effort, and to her surprise she was able to learn the lyrics, and this is what made her suddenly realize that she didn't have to give up on singing.
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A 2008 chance encounter with her former high school teacher, Cynthia Vaughn, led Mandy to revive her music passion. Vaughn introduced Mandy to renowned Jazz Pianist Mark Sloniker at Jay's Bistro in Fort Collins where she became a fixure for several years.
In 2011 Mandy won VSA's International Young Soloist Award and has performed several times at the Kennedy Center in DC. She now travels as a jazz soloist and a motivational speaker. She is also an ambassador with non profit organization No Barriers alongside others such as Erik Weihenmayer.
Later career influences
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- Smile (2009)
- After You're Gone (2010)
- All of Me (2014)