Music inspires me every day. What is even more inspiring is a musician who has lived or lives with disabilities. Some musicians can even make their sound unique because of their disability. Here are just a few of my favorite musicians who also happen to be living with a disability. Rick Allen lost his arm at the shoulder in a car crash. The electronic drumming company Simmons created a new drum set for Rick so he could continue to drum with one arm.
5 Amazing Bands Who Look Beyond Their Disabilities
Rock Stars: 5 Legendary Musicians with Disabilities - Magee Rehabilitation
While there are a lot of popular mainstream musicians, Flame stands out from the rest of the pack. The band is composed of people with disabilities, which includes Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy,and blindness. How did they achieve their success? In , Lexington an agency supporting persons with disabilities created a talent show to support people with developmental disabilities. During the competition, vocalist Michelle King blew the audience away and emerged as the winner. She later expressed her desire to start her own band, so the agency opened auditions.
Disabled Not Defeated: The Rock Band with Learning Disabilities
Everyone has a talent and that is certainly the case with people who have a disability. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Rudely Interrupted is a famous band in Australia and has toured the world including a stop in the United Nations. The only neurotypical member of the group is guitarist Rohan Brooks, a music therapist who came up with the idea of forming a band made up of some of his students. The British Paraorchestra , based in London, is an orchestra consisting entirely of musicians with disabilities —the first ever orchestra of its kind in the United Kingdom.
This was a post that I had plans to write for a long time. I never want to reduce people to their identities. Disability is something that is rarely, if ever, talked about in diversity talks. Is it that people take being able bodied or mentally healthy for granted?