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America’s Got Talent runner-up to present at Speaker Series

September 26, 2019

Mandy Harvey, a deaf singer/songwriter and America's Got Talent runner-up, will share her message of "continuing to try" as a part of the Indiana State University Speaker Series on Oct. 22.

Harvey began her pursuit of music and was set to become a vocal music education major at Colorado State University. But, at age 18, she lost her hearing due to a neurological disorder and left the program.

A couple of years later, Harvey decided she wanted to return to music and became a regular performer at several local jazz lounges. Harvey has since released three albums, "Smile", "After You've Gone" and "All of Me". Harvey is also known for her audition with America's Got Talent in 2017.

Harvey auditioned with an original song, entitled "Try", and won the hearts of both crowd and judges, receiving the golden buzzer on to the final round.

Harvey speaks with the mission to encourage, inspire and assist others to break through their personal barriers. Her book, "Sensing the Rhythm", chronicles her journey.

Harvey will speak at Indiana State's Tilson Auditorium at 7 p.m. Her book, "Sensing the Rhythm", will be available for purchase. There will be a book signing opportunity following her presentation. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information please visit or call 877-ISU-TIXS.