Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 6PM-8PM

The National Blind Idol Competition is a yearly event that means so much to a large community, the blind and visually impaired. Blind Idol is a national singing competition that celebrates the musical talents of individuals who are legally blind, representing a broad range of music genre. Semi-Finalists are selected to compete in live semi-final auditions. Finalists will go on to compete in a live finale. The winner receives a cash prize, recording studio time and professional head shots.

Insightful Visionaries hosted the 2017 Blind Idol 3rd Annual Semi-Finals held at the Raleigh Renaissance Hotel, North Hills in Raleigh, NC. The evening was compared to “American Idol. Contestant were cheered on by a standing room only crowd. The Special Guest artists who were invited to perform were selected from artists who would provide inspiration to aspiring talent and have achieved great success through determination, in spite of their own personal challenges. Guest performers included, the 2016 Winner, Shane Dittmar and 2017 Winner, Charity Hampton. Special Guest performer for 2017 was Matthew Whitaker, Internationally renowned Teen piano prodigy. A few weeks before the show Matthew attracted the attention of “Ellen DeGeneres Show” producers and Matthew’s story and talent was featured on the show. Through Matthew’s association with the Apollo Theater, invitations were extended to the 2016 and 2017 Winner to perform at the Apollo in 2018.

Insightful Visionaries, will also host the 2018 Blind Idol 4th Annual Semi-Finals in Durham at the historic Carolina Theater on June 16. Approximately 600 people are expected to attend. Contestants come from all on the country to compete, hoping to move on the Finals hosted by IFB Solutions in Winston-Salem, NC. The 2016 Winner Charity Hampton, of Rural Hall, NC and 2017 Winner, Jordan Scheffer, Of Asheville, NC. will perform as Special Guests.

The 2018 featured artist is NOVACAIN, a.k.a. “The Blind Rapper”, and National recording artist from the Braille Music tour. Braille Music is a movement based around clean hip hop that inspires people to break through stereotypes and overcome adversity. Determined to share his message around the world, Nova says, “No matter what obstacles you may face, you can overcome anything with belief and hard work. At the age of 18, I lost my sight due to being over medicated by a doctor. Shortly after that, I lost both of my parents. I was confused and questioned God’s motives. I had hit a low point in my life. My brother encouraged me to tell my story through music. He said, “Get it off your chest and let everyone know what you’re going through.” So that’s what i did. and since then, I haven’t stopped.”

Insightful Visionaries, founded by Carolyn Marshall Covington, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate the independence of the blind and visually impaired community. The organization host events, activities, workshops and resources to assist the blind and visually impaired community with maintaining an independent lifestyle and participation in the mainstream community. In this case, we provide an opportunity to showcase their singing talents.

In 2000, Carolyn was diagnosed with a devastating degenerative eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). For over 30 years prior, she had been busy building a successful enterprise in the beauty industry. Persons with RP have no night vision and very limited sight in dimly lit places. Their peripheral vision is greatly restricted, and eventually, may become completely blind. Carolyn was determined to push forward. For the next 14 years (basically living in denial), she finally reached a point where accepting her prospects for the future became a reality. Finally, in 2015, Carolyn closed her last spa and chose to deal with her diminishing eye sight. Self-discovery soon revealed what God’s next plan for her life would be. In time, Carolyn’s new challenges were revealed as opportunities to share her experiences for the benefit of others. It would lead her to recognize the revelations as Divine intervention that would inspire the creation of Insightful Visionaries.

Carolyn Marshall Covington, Executive Director