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Deaf Girl Nails Carrie Underwood’s Hit Using Sign Language and Proves She’s a True ‘Champion’

Razia Meer
Mar 18, 2019
09:22 A.M.

Savannah Dahan is a huge fan of Carrie Underwood's, and she doesn't let her hearing impairment keep her from living her best life and enjoying the music.

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8-year-old Savannah Dahan has moderate to severe hearing loss and "listens" to music very differently to most other people, but the child is a natural performer, judging by her performance of Carrie Underwood's song.

Savannah Dahan rocking out to "The Champion" by Carried Underwood feat. Ludacris. | Source: YouTube/Savvy ASL

Savannah Dahan rocking out to "The Champion" by Carried Underwood feat. Ludacris. | Source: YouTube/Savvy ASL

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Dahan uses ASL, American Sign Language, to "sing" Underwood's "The Champion," a track recorded with Ludacris, in a video that has gone viral.

Dahan was born into a deaf household, both her parents and two siblings are also deaf, and she identifies herself as deaf, using hearing aids at school and at home.

Savannah Dahan rocking out to "The Champion" by Carried Underwood feat. Ludacris. | Source: YouTube/Savvy ASL

Savannah Dahan rocking out to "The Champion" by Carried Underwood feat. Ludacris. | Source: YouTube/Savvy ASL

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The child from Frederick, Maryland, is a super fan of the Grammy Award-winning singer and mother, and fans are hoping Carrie will take notice.

Underwood is indeed the type of homely star who genuinely cares about her supporters and reaches out to them regularly.

She reportedly sponsored Valentine's Day for three Nashville fans this year after surprising them with dinner and tickets to her show.

Savannah Dahan rocking out to "The Champion" by Carried Underwood feat. Ludacris. | Source: YouTube/Savvy ASL

Savannah Dahan rocking out to "The Champion" by Carried Underwood feat. Ludacris. | Source: YouTube/Savvy ASL

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Dahan was born into a deaf household, both her parents and two siblings are also deaf, and she identifies herself as deaf, using hearing aids at school and at home.

Richard Dahan, told TODAY:

“She asked us to record her because she likes to see herself perform.”

Dahan memorizes the lyrics and then painstakingly learns to match the beats with the words. She loves music and signs songs all the time.

Savannah Dahan rocking out to "The Champion" by Carried Underwood feat. Ludacris. | Source: YouTube/Savvy ASL

Savannah Dahan rocking out to "The Champion" by Carried Underwood feat. Ludacris. | Source: YouTube/Savvy ASL

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The response from people around the world has been overwhelming with her family loving the awareness of ASL and the hearing impaired community this has caused. Richard says:

“We hope the video will show the importance of early exposure to ASL and for the world to see kids with proper communication access at school and home can express themselves just as rich and beautiful as kids that can hear.”

Savannah is a sweet testament that differently-abled children and adults should never be side-lined or shunned from the world as they have their own unique ways to make do in environments that aren't designed for them.

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