NASHVILLE, Tenn.—YouTube sensation Christopher Duffley, whose August 2015 performance of the National Anthem at Fenway Park has been named one of the most exciting viral videos of the year, will make multiple appearances in the national media this month.
The fourteen-year-old singer, who is blind and has autism, will be featured on the ABC television network special, The Year: 2015, which is set to air tonight, and is also featured in this month’s issue of Sports Illustrated Kids magazine.
Duffley brought fans and players at Boston’s historic Fenway Park to their feet when he performed the national anthem prior to the Major League Baseball game between the Cleveland Indians and the Boston Red Sox. His heartfelt rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” not only captured the hearts of fans at the stadium, but a video of his performance blew up on social media outlets and caught the attention of both local and national media.
The video was so exciting and inspiring that ABC News has included it in its Most Exciting Viral Videos segment of the news program’s year end recap special, The Year: 2015, hosted by Good Morning America news Anchor Robin Roberts, which will air on the ABC television network tonight, Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 8:00 pm Eastern, and again on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 3:00 pm Eastern. Check local listings for details.
Sports Illustrated Kids magazine has highlighted Christopher’s performance in its year end double issue under its “Moments to Shine” section.
Duffley’s performance originally went viral once the Associated Press broke the story, gaining coverage in such high profile media outlets as Sports Illustrated, ESPN, MLB.com, The Bleacher Report, Fox News, ABC affiliate station WMUR, The Boston Globe, USA Today and Telemundo New York, among many others.
Duffley’s August 2015 performance marked the third time he has sung the National Anthem at Fenway, but this one was a bit more special for the young singer, as it capped off the weekend celebration of the release of his second CD, Believer. The follow-up to Christopher’s wildly successful and inspirational debut, Eyes of My Heart, Believer focuses on life rooted in faith that transcends physical disabilities. The project is currently available online from Duffley’s website, ChristopherdDuffley.com, and other online retailers including iTunes via digital download.
“God has used Christopher and our family to touch the world in a special and unimaginable way,” says Christine Duffley, Christopher’s mother. “With over 5 million collective views on YouTube, Duffley’s music has taken on new meaning for us and all who hear the voice of a child whose autism and blindness point us to what really matters in life.”
Duffley, who is currently touring in support of Believer, has previously been featured by media outlets including The Huffington Post and The Blaze. The YouTube video of his performance of “Open the Eyes of My Heart” has garnered more than 7.5 million views worldwide.