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Blind Teen Delivers Rendition of National Anthem at Home Run Derby Sure to Give You the 'Chills



It's a rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" that left many Home Run Derby viewers with chills Monday night.

Blind teenager Marlana VanHoose, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of two, left many in tears when she opened MLB's annual home run competition with a stirring rendition of the national anthem.

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"Wow!" the sportscaster said at the conclusion of the performance. "If that doesn't get you ready for a home run derby nothing will."

Others turned to Twitter to echo the sentiment.

This isn't the first time VanHoose has stunned viewers with her incredible vocals. She gained fame after her performance of the "Star Spangled Banner" during 2012 University of Kentucky basketball games went viral.

VanHoose told Sporting News that her great-grandfather inspired her love for gospel music and that the national anthem is her favorite song, one she's been singing for some time.

“Gospel music calmed me down when I was a baby,” she told the website. “Gospel music was my lullaby and it sparked my love. I could hear it in my ears and my heart. It was important to me.”

The teenager also said she is a firm believer in God.

“God taught me,” VanHoose told the website. “God gave me that ear to hear and he gave me a heart so I could play to my heart’s content. I could play by ear and just figure out chord structure and keep going.”

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