Black Eyed Pea Reveals Disability: Are Blind Musicians More Talented?
The Black Eyed Peas rapper recently revealed to People magazine that he is legally blind. He was diagnosed with the rare disease nystagmus, which involuntarily makes the eye move.
Beloved Motown superstar Stevie Wonder has been blind since shortly after his birth. He has since scooped up 22 Grammy Awards, the most ever awarded to a male solo artist.
Boundary-crossing soul music genius Ray Charles started to lose his sight at the age of five and went completely blind by the age of seven.
The Italian tenor and international "crossover" star was born with congenital glaucoma, but became totally blind at age 12 following a soccer accident.
Born almost completely blind, Milsap became a huge country star in the 1970s and 1980s, with six Grammy Awards and 40 No. 1 hits.
John Kay, frontman of the '60s rock band Steppenwolf (right), is legally blind, color blind and sensitive to light, which is why he wears his trademark sunglasses.
The 36-year-old recently revealed to People magazine that he is legally blind. He was diagnosed with the rare disease nystagmus, which involuntarily makes the eye move.
However, he now says he's overcome the obstacle.
"I doubted myself for a long time... I'm comfortable not using my vision. I weave around my problems," said the musician, who was born Allan Pineda Lindo Jr.
So many musical geniuses have been blind that we almost wonder if the disability enhances their abilities. From Stevie Wonder to Ray Charles to apl.de.ap, click through our slideshow and let us know: Are blind musicians more talented?
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