During the Inaugural Prayer Service, Marlana VanHoose performed the beloved hymn "How Great Thou Art". First Lady Melania Trump was moved to tears by this beautiful song and led a standing ovation.
Marlana who sang this hymn was born blind, yet despite all of this she has turned into a talented and anointed singer.
Marlana was born with Cytomegalovirus (CMV), by the time she was a few weeks old it was discovered that she was blind. Her optic nerve never formed. She wasn’t expected to live past the age of one.
At the age of two, Marlana was diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy. After Marlana turned a year old her body healed from the virus and that is when it all began. Marlana was humming “Jesus loves me” before she talked and by the time she was two years old she started playing the piano.
Marlana has performed all over the US at several events and churches. Marlana is a member of the Artist Music Guild where she was the 2015 recipient for Youth Artist of the Year.
Watch First Lady Melania Moved to tears as Marlana Sings: