A blind teenager from a small fishing village in the Philippines has gone viral after her cover of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” hit the net.
According to Unilad, the uploader shared that the young singer, Elsie, has never been to school and doesn’t speak English, but was able to memorize the Houston classic and sing it with passion, nonetheless. The song was originally recorded by country star Dolly Parton, but Elsie’s vocal inflections and cadence indicate she was covering Houston’s version taken from the Grammy-winning soundtrack to 1992 film The Bodyguard.
“This is Elsie again with another song,” wrote the video owner. “She is blind since birth, cannot speak English but she memorized these songs and sings like an angel! She has never been to school, never learned English. She listens to songs and learns the song. She has one of the most Amazing voices I have ever heard. She lives in a small fishing village in the Philippines.”
Check out Houston’s impeccable version below.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.