This Blind-7-Year-Old Boy Self Taught Himself to Play ‘Prodigy’ on Piano

Destiny takes all of us on a strange path coming up with several hardships. But sometimes pure innocence and raw talent win even in the toughest hardships. We often feel helpless about our circumstances, but stories like Avet Ray’s shows that God gifts us all with something special.

Avett Ray Maness is a seven-year-old boy who is blind by birth. Yet, the kid is a better pianist than many adults. His recent piano performance playing ‘prodigy’, has gone viral on the internet and people just can’t get enough of his cuteness and talent.

His inspiring story is worth hearing and sharing.

Little Avett was Diagnosed with Blindness When he Was Two Months Old

It all started when Avett’s pediatrician noticed that Avett’s eyes weren’t focusing. She becomes concerned about the abnormal fixation and prescribed some tests. Moore, Avett’s mother, took him to an ophthalmologist. Avett was diagnosed with a medical condition referred to as “optic nerve hypoplasia”. Followed by the terrible optic condition, Avett lost his sight in the left eye completely, with only a mildest in vision in his right eye.

Moore, His Mother Recalled the Painful Phase.

“The eye doctor had no bedside manner whatsoever,” “After he looked at Avett, he bluntly said, ‘Yup, he’s blind.” She describes it as one of the most difficult times of her life. She was so upset from the news that she cried hard, all the way to home. At one point it all becomes so overwhelming that she had to pull over. She explained,

“I remember thinking, ‘How will he get through life? What will his future be?’

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Avett is the second Born in the Broken Family

Moore is a single mother who does not want to talk about her relationship. Avett’s elder brother Emery, is in the sixth grade, while Avett is in grade one now. Their mother took care of the expenses alone by running a home base marketing business. She is now engaged to Tommy Ferrell, 40-year-old. Tommy is a commercial development manager who has a great interest in music and often jams with little Avett.

 

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Hanging out at the pool club with my brother, Emery. He helps me swim! #emeryandavettadventures

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Tommy Ferrell Marvels over Avett’s Talents

Tommy has become friends with Avett as the boys jell over music every night. Tommy is amazed over Avett’s talents to detect music beats and identify the notes.

Ferrell said,

“His innate ear for music is unlike anything I have ever seen,”

 

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I got a bongo drum from Santa Clause!!

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Avett Played Piano for the First Time When he was Only Elven Months Old!

Moore witnessed her son play the piano for the first time when he was just 11 months old.
One ordinary day when she was sitting in her living room, she heard ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’ coming from her keyboard across the room. And there was little Avett, struggling to reach the keys of the keyboard, but playing the song marvelously from memory.

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Avett Mother Couldn’t Believe She Has Given Birth to a Star!

Moore explained further from her memory about how excited she was, she couldn’t believe it.
She said. “I was mesmerized. I called my mom up and said, ‘You won’t believe it! Avett’s playing ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star!’

 

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Playing piano before my last day of school!

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She was surprised by his memory.

Moore knew he was intelligent even then as she recalled. “He had a toy with that tune on it, so I knew that’s where he learned the melody,”

 

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Just chilling on my Spiderman blanket watching a movie in the park. #itstooloud #beatsbydre

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From There Avett’s Journey Towards Music Started

After his first performance in front of his mother, there was no one who could stop him. Her mother understanding his exceptional talent in music, she hired a music teacher for him. Avett Ray has since learned piano from a professional music teacher, who encourages him to learn new methods and classical melodies as well.

 

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Making music! #musicician #babypianist #perfectpitch @nbcagt @theellenshow

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Avett Adopted Music through Pure Intention and Self Learning

Avett did not have any professional help in music for a long time. In fact, he had the miraculous instinct of music which he is displaying since his very birth!

 

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Working on a new song!

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“Once he listens to a song, he can play it,” Moore said.

Avett continue to develop his music sense even sharper. By the time he was two years old Avett could play “Happy Birthday” to himself, and, at age 3, he developed an extreme level of liking for the world-class singers like Adele.

The Kid has God gifted talent

Avett possesses some godly musical skills that are astonishing and amazing at the same time. His mother remarked, “Music is in his body.”

 

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Hello! 🐰👓

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His Teacher Says He is Exceptional

Rebecca James is Avetts’s Piano teacher who started music lessons with him in September last year. Although the boy is god gifted, his professional guidance is even enhancing his talent more. Rebbeca said, “He likes a good challenge and loves playing music with a more complex structure, sometimes, we just compose or improvise or just jam together.”

 

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@aliciakeys Girl on Fire cover 🔥 . #avett #avettray #thisgirlisonfire #childprodigy #🔥 #🎶 #👦🏼

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Adele is Avett’s Favorite Singer

Adele was Avett Ray’s favorite singer from childhood. At the time and the cute video of the boy asking his mom to text Adele spread like wildfire online. It was even picked up by the local news.

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Avett’s First Viral Video in 2017

Avett’s is a natural musician, no doubt in it. But not many people knew that before his first viral video. In that video, he asked his mom to make his video singing ‘Hello’ and send it to superstar Adele. In a short period of 24 hours, the video went viral on YouTube and other social media sites. This was February 2017.

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It Was Just the Beginning of Avett’s Social Fame

The stream of the videos after his first viral video continued. Avett’s exceptional music skill at this little age captured a lot of people attention. Moreover, his innocence melted thousands of hearts across the internet. Moore uploaded his other videos in which he played different songs like covers of “Let It Be” by the Beatles, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler and Meghan Trainor’s “All about That Bass.”

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Soon Avett started Performing on Different Platforms

Avett’s is one of the youngest, and of course, the cutest performers in the whole world. He first gave his initial performances at local schools and community events.

Moore was proud of her son. She explains the feeling in these words.

“I’d stand there and watch him perform, and I was blown away.”

His version of ‘Happy Together ‘by the Turtles which had over 200,000 views on YouTube.

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Avett has his own YouTube channel Now

With over 60,000 subscribers Avett Ray Maness has his own YouTube channel where we see can see him playing something new every now and then.

Classical Music has Become Avett’s, New Love!

Even at such a little age, Avett is deeply into classics, learning new techniques and melodies every day. It is amazing to see that the child is just in grade one and he has already mastered some difficult tunes like ‘Prodigy’ and many more!

 

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I love my ukulele so much that I sleep with it! #avettray #sillykid #dreambaby

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I love my ukulele so much that I sleep with it! #avettray #sillykid #dreambaby

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“I love performing Bach’s Minuet in G,” Said the Little Super Star

In his recent interview over the phone, Avett updated people about his new interests He said he loves performing Bach’s Minuet in G (in G? A lot of us don’t know the meaning but I believe he is talking about a music note!)

He further said,
“And at my last piano lesson, I told my teacher that I also want to learn the Minuet in G Minor. I’m not as much into Adele anymore.”

 

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I’m off to 1st Grade! #EPND

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He has Rock Solid Determination despite His Weak Vision

Avett’s birth deficiency in regards to his eyesight has not improved. But his speed of progress in personal development is an inspiration to many. His mother explained that he learned to read Braille and walk with the help of a cane.

 

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#pinkfloyd kind of day!

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Moore Says, despite his eyesight, his other senses are extremely Sharp!

Moore often takes pride in the fact that her son is gifted. Avett can see very little and often needs help in daily routine tasks. But there is some holy connection of him with the instruments. Her mother explains that he has obviously never read sheet music and yet he always find the right key on the piano without any help.

 

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Cat boy! Mommy found her old toy duck and it quacks songs! I don’t like stuffed animals, but I like how this one sings!

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Moore thinks that Resources for Children like her Son are not Enough

Moore is not satisfied by the number of facilities accessible to blind and visually impaired people. She thinks opportunities for Avett and kids like him, are still somewhat limited.

“If every company would focus on inclusion … what a difference it would make for so many Americans,” she said.

 

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My Uncle Chad keeps me looking fresh!

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She Wants to Make People Aware about Avett’s Condition

As Avett’s mother, Moore knows that despite of his great talents Avett needs a lot of support from the people, especially children around him, so that he could lead a normal life. To spread awareness, she visits Avett’s school every now and then. She educates students about his condition. She talks about how we all can show our care for visually damaged and blind people.

 

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Won’t take my hat off when it’s loud because it covers my ears 😇😂 #church

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Avett’s Mother has Written a Book in which He is the Main Character!

Moore explains why she wrote the book called “Cotton Candy” and how does it help Avett. She says,

“He’s the character in the book, basically, he couldn’t see the clouds in the sky, so I wrote this book so he could see them. It gave me a chance to talk about diversity and how everybody’s made special and we’re all born with our own gifts,” She further remarked, “I teach people how to engage with blind and visually impaired people.”

Moore and Avett are together a team-Determined to do Better!

This loving mom and super talented son are a team of two who are spreading happiness and hope in the world. As Avett said in an interview

“I like to sing and play the piano because it makes everybody happy,”

 

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It’s my brother Emery’s birthday! I love him so much! This is our family picture and I’m laughing… AGAIN!! 😉

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Avett is going to be the Highlight of ‘Ronald McDonald House Charities’

Until now Avett has performed in front of thousands of people. On April 12 and 13,
he will be one of the headliners in a benefit concert for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Dayton.

 

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Cheesin’ with the ladies! #newfans #centerville

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Little Avett’s Spiritual Music Has Taught Her Mother Self-Love

Moore is a better person after Avett’s birth, watching him winning so many hearts and rising high despite his condition.

Moore says,

“I had a journey of self-discovery,” she said. “I learned that my self-care is in direct correlation with the success of my children. And with Avett, once I learned about his talent, I knew that it was important to share him with the world.”

 

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Off to kindergarten!

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Avett is also Learning Drums, and Rap

According to her mother, Avett’s interest in music is not just limited to the piano. Recently he is even more interested in rap music and drums. Every night Avett records beat for his new melodies.

 

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Rocket man drum solo #rocketman #drumsolo #kiddrummer #selftaughtdrummer

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Avett is indeed a Rare Soul with Raw Talent who Spread Happiness in the World!

Avett is a God’s miracle, spreading happiness and inspiration through his music in the world. He is a ray of light for kids with physical disabilities who struggle with day-to-day tasks. Avett lives life on its fullest and is thankful for everything, an attitude so many of us need to have in our lives! Avett reminds us to be alive despite and happy despite any sorrow.

 

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Don’t forget to stop and smell the the sunflowers!

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As his mother says about him,

“If you have interacted with Avett in any way, you just see the world new and different than you once did. Once you engage with Avett, you never see the world the same.”

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