Blind woman with autism blows audience away with astonishing singing voice
A blind woman who has autism is wowing social media users around the globe with her beautiful rendition of a classic Disney melody.
Lavender Darcangelo, a singer from Fitchburg, Mass., took the stage at a local Pride Month luncheon on June 23 and asked if she could entertain the crowd with a song to honor the LGBTQ community.
Thankfully, Rufus Gifford, the former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark and current congressional candidate, was there with cellphone in hand to capture Darcangelo's performance and share it with the world.
"A young woman comes on stage today in Fitchburg. Introduces herself as Lavender. Tells us that she blind and autistic and wants to sing a song in honor of LGBT Pride," he wrote. "She sings one of my favorite songs and brings us tears."
The clip has already amassed over 380,000 views on Twitter alone, with similar versions shared on Facebook garnering tens of thousands more, along with repeated calls by fans for Darcangelo to audition for "America's Got Talent."
Darcangelo later took to YouTube to share the powerful reasoning behind her song choice: "Part of Your World" from Disney's "The Little Mermaid."
"I am a person who is both blind and autistic, and sometimes I feel like I don't have a home in either of the communities because I have a foot in more than one world," she wrote. "Diversity is pretty infinite!"
Not shockingly, Darcangelo, who performs with her two fathers — one of whom is a pastor — in a music group called Wil Darcangelo and the Tribe says music came naturally to her at a very young age — even before she was able to find her speaking voice.
"I am an autistic person who is blind," her Facebook profile reads. "I started singing before I could talk, and I didn't talk till I was four years old."
"I am in a band with my two dads, and being a singer is my biggest dream," she continues. "I idolize my favorite country singer Kane Brown. He teaches me that in spite of my challenges, I can be like him someday. I hope one day I can sing with him too."
Judging by her phenomenal talents, that day might not be far off.