Watch Elsie Balawing, a 24-year old blind Filipina from a fishing village called Siari Valley, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte, as she sings a raw but very powerful version of Beyonce’s “Listen”.
Elsie Balawing Sings Beyoncé’s “Listen”.
Elsie Balawing gained international attention via a viral video uploaded by an American named Darrell Burnett on Facebook. Her haunting rendition of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” gained more than 19 million views, 3 weeks after it was posted on August 24, 2018.
According to Burnett, Elsie is totally blind, never went to school, and never learned English. She just listens to the radio and learned the songs by heart.
Many netizens said that Elsie has one of the most amazing voices they have ever heard.
According to one commenter, Elsie auditioned for talent show Tawag ng Tanghalan of ABS-CBN but did not pass. A couple of commenters said she is now bound for the US to pursue her singing career. However, these comments are still unverified.
Everyone is hoping that someone in the music industry, either in the Philippines or abroad, will finally discover Elsie Balawing and her golden voice and help make her dreams come true.