Blind woman who lives in a small fishing village sings just like Whitney Houston
Elsie Balawing, a girl from the Philippines, was deprived of eyesight but she has the voice of an angel.
A viral video on Facebook shows her belting out Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”
Elsie sat outside her family home in a remote village in the Philippines as she sang the Dolly Parton-penned song as performed by Whitney Houston for the 1992 blockbuster movie "The Bodyguard." Her voice was close to that of the legendary singer.
The talented young lady sang with so much passion that anyone listening can be moved to tears, especially knowing that Elsie was totally blind since birth.
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Darrell Burnett, the Facebook user who originally posted the video on August 24, 2018, said Elsie has never been to school and never learned English. She devoted much time listening to songs and memorizing them.
“This is Elsie she is totally blind. 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,” read his caption of the three-minute clip.
Other videos posted by Burnett show Elsie singing other English songs such as Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect,” “Just Give Me A Reason” by Pink and Ray Charles’ “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
Elsie’s rendition of “I Will Always Love You” has been viewed more than 16 million times in just two weeks.
Netizens admired Elsie’s talent and her positive outlook in life, manifested by her passion for music. For some, she is proof that songs can transcend language barriers and distance.
“She has such a beautiful voice I enjoyed every bit of it,” commented Facebook user Prince Alexander.
“Love, love, love it, you have such a beautiful voice young lady,” wrote Natasha Woodson.
“I could listen to her sing all day. Truly talented! Such a beautiful voice,” commented Kimberly Smith.