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Blind singer wows RNC with national anthem performance

By Yvette C. Hammett
Blind singer wows RNC with national anthem performance
Blind singer Marlana VanHoose brought down the house at the Republican National Convention with her performance of the "Star Spangled Banner." Photo from TODAY/YouTube

CLEVELAND, July 19 (UPI) -- A blind singer took to the stage at the Republican National Convention on Monday night, wowing the audience with her powerful rendition of the national anthem.

Marlana VanHoose opened the convention's first big night, preceding a long line of speakers that included actor Scott Baio and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

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She brought down the house, singing a pitch perfect Star Spangled Banner with no musical accompaniment.

The 20-year-old was born blind due to a disease called cytomegalovirus, which prevents development of the optic nerve, and also has cerebral palsy.

Her convention performance brought the crowd to its feet and they stayed up, giving her a standing ovation.

VanHoose has also performed at numerous sporting events, including a Monday Night Football game in November 2015.

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