Aspiring singer Anna Clendening stunned “America’s Got Talent” judges this week with a touching rendition of “Hallelujah,” but it was her personal story of overcoming the odds that really tugged at their heartstrings.
After taking the stage, Clendening, 20, told the judges that she suffers from an anxiety and depression disorder that has profoundly impacted her life, often times leaving her with panic attacks and an inability to leave the house.
“I suffer from anxiety and depression disorder, so about two or three months ago I was bedridden and I hadn’t left my house in a couple months,” she told the judges.
Further explaining the impact of her illness, the Chapel Hill, North Carolina, native said, “It felt like my mind had given up on me … I didn’t see a future.”
Despite her intense anxiety, Clendening mustered the courage to sing her heart out in front of millions of Americans, crediting her parents with helping her make the audition decision.
Watch her moving “Hallelujah” performance below:
The judges each voted for Clendening to move on in the competition, with radio host Howard Stern voicing just how touched he was by her performance.
“You’re the first singer to come out here and give me the chills,” he said.
(H/T: Christian Post/BuzzVine)