This 17-Year-Old Born With No Hands Went Viral For Wowing The World With His Piano Playing Skills
Darrius Simmons can play the trombone, too.
May 27, 2018 at 2:08 pm
A teen in Warren, Ohio, is taking the world by storm with his incredible gift for music.
Darrius Simmons was born with only two fingers on his right hand and one on his left.
The 17-year-old has wowed the world with his musical talent. About three weeks ago, a video of the young piano virtuoso went viral.
The junior at Warren G. Harding High School taught himself how to play the piano and compose his very own music. The footage of him wrapping up his composition, "Dreams Never Die," has racked up a little over 7 million views and attracted a slew of new admirers.
"I just looked at what people did and I just copied it. I found out my own way to work around it," Darrius told WKYC of his musical talent.
This is not the first time the young man has been in the spotlight. When he was 15 years old, Korean pianist Yiruma invited Darrius to play with him at Carnegie Hall. This moment convinced him that he wanted to dedicate his life to making beautiful music.
His recent internet fame has grabbed the attention of some very important people in media. In the near future, the whole country may see him on NBC's "America's Got Talent."
"I was so worried for him when he was born. But he took off crawling and when he could talk, the most you would ever hear him say is, 'I can do it! I can do it!' I knew it would be fine and he's proving it," Tamara Simmons, Darrius' mom, told WKYC.
When Darrius was 18 months old, his legs were amputated due to another medical issue. But nothing has ever slowed him down.
Darrius has also learned how to play the trombone. He plans to continue to study music in college when his high school music career comes to its end.
"I want to be an inspiration for people. That's what I want to do when I get older. To prove you can do things when you put your mind to it. That's really my main goal. To be an inspiration to people," he said.
Check out Darrius' composition "Dreams are Forever":