Blind singer wows RNC with powerful performance of national anthem
SAN ANTONIO - A woman with multiple disabilities performed the national anthem at the Republican National Convention.
Marlana Vanhoose, 20, is blind and has cerebral palsy and performed the anthem in front of a large crowd. She delivered a powerful, pitch-perfect performance without any musical accompaniment. The crowd cheered VanHoose with a standing ovation.
VanHoose was born blind due to cytomegalovirus — a disease that can prevent the development of the optic nerve. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 2. The Kentucky native wasn’t expected to live past the age of one. Vanhoose began playing piano by ear by the time she was the age of two.
She is a regular performer at many high profile events around the country.