LACETT | Autistic, blind singer delivers perfect national anthem at Bats game
Brad Mann has been singing at Bats games for almost 10 years.
LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) – As far as national anthem singers go, the Louisville Bats hit it right out of the park with Friday night’s performer.
“He’s got such a deep strong voice and it resonates throughout the stadium,” said Bats Senior Vice President Greg Galiette.
It was that voice, that first caught the attention of Galiette but it didn’t take long for him to realize Brad Mann was unlike any singer he’d ever met before.
“The rest of the story started to unfold and I learned even more about him and it’s just even more amazing.”
Brad was born blind and with aspergers, a form of autism. He was also born with a passion for music.
He’s been in choirs and taken voice lessons, spending years developing a voice that can bring people to their feet.
“It was hard to do at first,” said the 41-year-old New Albany native. “But when I got used to it, I think I became a natural.”
As one can imagine, getting around in life let alone a ball park isn’t easy for Brad. But that hasn’t stopped him from doing what he loves.
“The fact he lives by himself and finds his own transportation down here,” said Galiette. “It just blows me away.”
Since his debut with the team, Brad’s become a favorite at Louisville Slugger Field. In fact when the Bats were asked to deliver a singer for the ACC tournament this past year, one of the first people they thought of was Brad
“We had him sing one game and we brought him back in the finals,” said Galiette. “The coaches just stopped and shook his hand and were amazed.”
It was another rousing ovation for Brad, something he says never gets old.
“Especially when I hear the crowd, that really is encouragement to me. To let me know how well I’m doing.
Brad, it sounds like you are doing just fine.
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