17-year-old Darrius Simmons defied all odds, learning to play the piano despite a birth defect that left him with only four fingers.
The teenager captured his performance on video and shared it on YouTube on May 6, 2018.
While some blame their circumstances for their failures, others simply decide to overcome them. They are an inspiration to many all over the world.
One such individual is Darrius Simmons of Warren, Ohio, for whom his physical disability cannot stop from doing what he loves to do.
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NBC News reported that Simmons is already an accomplished musician who reached the famed stage of Carnegie Hall.
What makes this feat incredibly unique for the musician is that the teenager only has four fingers.
Born with a genetic defect, Simmons was born with just three fingers on his right hand, and one on his left. He uses two prosthetics to walk and work the piano’s pedals as he had to have his legs amputated when he was a toddler.
These hardships cannot stop the young man from making headlines around the world with his unique musical talents and his determination.
His mother, Tamara, said he would always want to conquer any challenge he came across. She said, “He’d say, ‘I can do it myself. I can do it myself,’ so I just let him go.”
He was 10 years old when he sat down at the piano in his elementary school and taught himself. He said, “They got ten fingers, but I felt like, I could make four fingers work.”
Simmons not only plays but also composes music – all this without any formal training. He is also good at playing the trombone in his high school jazz band and at local events.
The teenager played with South Korean pianist Yiruma at Carnegie Hall at the age of 15.
After he posted his original on his Facebook page, Dreams Are Forever, he has found success on the internet too. He now plans to pursue a full-time musical career once he graduates from high school.
Despite the success, Simmons remains humble as ever. He does not believe in competing with others. He wants to better himself and bring joy to others.
January 31, 2019