Meet Lavender Darcangelo. She is a 27-year-old blind and autistic singer who has recently been in the limelight due to an incredible and heartwarming audition on season 18 of America’s Got Talent. It’s no surprise her audition has gone viral, the singer from Fitchburg, Massachusetts, has a beautiful voice.
Before her sensational performance, the judges asked a few questions of Lavender and her father, Wil, who was stood next to her. We found out that she was adopted by Wil and Jamie Darcangelo in 2017 after she became part of a mentorship program led by Wil. Wil and his husband Jamie loved Lavender so much that they decided to adopt her. Watch her full audition below.
Lavender’s audition song was “Out Here on My Own” by Irene Cara. It’s clear to see that Lavender has a gift for music. She could sing before she could even talk. It became evident from a young age that despite her autism she would have a life filled with music. The judges were spellbound by her performance and many commenters online said the audition reminded them of Kodi Lee‘s epic audition. Lavender received four yeses and even made Heidi Klum press the Golden Buzzer .
This wasn’t the first time Lavender has been in the limelight though. In 2019 she became internet famous when she sang a song from The Little Mermaid called “Part of Your World”. Her vocals paired with this popular Disney Movie song were the perfect match and her performance went viral. Watch her sing the Disney Movie song below.
Lavender is currently working on her debut studio album titled “Mosaic”. The album will celebrate the different experiences of people in the autism and disability community. A percentage of the profits made from the album will go to a foundation called the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism. Lavender is even a Performing Arts Fellow for that foundation!
Lavender’s story isn’t just a heartwarming tale, it is an important story. It shows us all that we should embrace the differences we have and not always worry about what people may think of our differences. If fact, it is our differences that make life interesting and worth living. Lavender’s goal is to show people that there are many different ways to live a happy and successful life.