After being selected as the top vocalist at Longmont High School in 2006, Mandy Harvey went on to study music at Colorado State University. She began to lose her hearing due to nerve damage in her freshman year, but her limitations — she's now legally deaf — never stopped her from singing. Although she can no longer hear the music, she can feel it and is able to sing many tunes from memory. After meeting pianist Mark Sloniker through her former vocal coach, Cynthia Vaughn, she's been performing regularly at Jay's Bistro in Fort Collins. Last year, Sloniker performed on — and helped recruit players for — Harvey's debut, Smile, a collection of sixteen standards that showcase the 22-year-old singer's gorgeous and wispy vocal delivery, which falls somewhere between Blossom Dearie and Melody Gardot. Sloniker also helped arrange tunes for her newest CD, After You're Gone, whose release she'll celebrate at Dazzle on Saturday.
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