Blind Teen With Autism Blows Crowd Away With National Anthem Performance

Christopher Duffley first sang the national anthem when he was in first grade, performing at his elementary school’s Memorial Day assembly, according to his website. In July 2011 and Sept. 2013, Duffley had the opportunity to perform the national anthem at Fenway Park. On Monday, the now 14-year-old had that chance again, and he didn’t disappoint. The teen, who’s blind and has autism, sang the national anthem for thousands of people before the Boston Red Sox played the Cleveland Indians.

Duffley didn’t speak until the first grade, but his parents then shortly discovered his perfect pitch, according to a YouTube video about Duffley’s life.

When Christopher sings ‘Open the Eyes of My Heart’ he teaches us to not see everything with our eyes,” his mother said in that YouTube video.

Duffley’s performance before Monday’s game was on behalf of Autism Speaks, according to He was selected as one of Autism Speaks’ “10 Amazing Individuals With Autism Who Shined In 2013.”

Watch Duffley sing an incredible rendition of the national anthem below.

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