Mandy Harvey, singer, musician and motivational speaker, proves that being deaf doesn’t have to be a disability but rather an opportunity to show the world that determination, talent and, yes, luck, can catapult one to the top. Harvey, who lost her hearing by the time she was 18 years old, drew national attention when she appeared on season 12 of America’s Got Talent and was Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer pick. While she ended up in fourth place on AGT, Harvey has become No. 1 in the hearts of millions of people who admire her display of talent and courage. She now tours, both to perform and to deliver motivational speeches. Harvey has also released several albums and published a memoir, Sensing the Rhythm: Finding My Voice in a World Without Sound, in which she tells her story of dealing with deafness but still following her dreams and encourages others to do the same.

Harvey never stopped pursuing her dreams. She encourages all others to do the same, regardless of their situation in life. In an interview with the BBC, Harvey said, “I sing to encourage other people; that’s what makes me happy.”

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 7 p.m. Oct. 12, starting at $35 plus tax and fee. 702.749.2000