Earlier this year, Anna was bedridden. She hadn’t left her house in months. Little did she know that, in the near future, she’d be facing an audience of thousands of people with her guitar in hand.
Anna Clendening, 20, was diagnosed with anxiety and depression disorder at the age of 14.
“It felt like my mind had given up on me… I didn’t see a future. I just didn’t want to be here anymore… I felt so bad about myself. I didn’t like who I was,” she said.
At one point, her parents were worried that nothing could be done to help their little girl. Then music came along.
“We felt helpless. We didn’t know which way to turn and nothing was working and music found her,” her father said.
Once she connected with music, Clendening was able to accomplish the astonishing feat of singing in front of the America’s Got Talent crowd and its famous judges, Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, former Spice Girl Melanie Brown and Howie Mandel. And not only did she sing to them, she blew everyone away.
Her rendition of “Hallelujah” is beautiful and haunting and pulls at all of one’s heartstrings. As the song starts to build up, the crowd falls silent. They simply just want to enjoy this moment.
Her parents have tears in their eyes, the crowd has tears in their eyes and the judges just sit there in awe.
“Life is filled with peaks and valleys. You have seen and experienced a lot of valleys,” said Howie Mandel, who himself suffers from OCD. “Tonight, young lady, you are on a peak.”
Of course the judges give Clendening four thumbs up, which means she’ll be moving on to the next round. We can’t wait to see what she’ll perform next.