Christopher Duffley was born blind and autistic but was still able to bring the whole of New Hampshire’s Concord Centre to tears when he sang “Open The Eyes Of My Heart.” He is living proof that anyone can achieve amazing things and touch the lives of others, regardless of their own start in life.
There’s no doubt that Christopher did not have it easy. He was born very prematurely in 2001 and was found to have both cocaine and OxyContin in his blood. He weighed just two pounds; that’s less than a bag of sugar! To make matters worse, his parents were not able to take care of him, so he was taken into the foster system.
Luckily for Christopher and the world, things started to get better when he was two. His aunt and uncle Steve and Christine Duffley found him and took him into their home. Here he received the love every child deserves for the first time in his life.
Because of his autism, Christopher’s development was quite a long way behind what’s normal for a child of that age. So the Duffleys began taking him to music therapy, and that’s when everything changed. Even when Christopher struggled to talk, they found he could sing beautifully and had perfect pitch. Initially, this was just a way of communicating with their son, but as Christopher blossomed, he started to share this talent with the world.
His first public performance was singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at school. From there, he began singing at other venues before appearing to sing the national anthem at Fenway Park and NASCAR races. No other performance has touched listeners more than this one, however.
Even though he is only ten years old, the purity of Christopher’s voice touches you right to your heart. There is truly not a dry eye in the house when this amazing young man finishes singing. Join the 3 million people who have already seen this incredibly moving performance.