click to enlarge A screenshot from Shayla Winn's powerful story as featured on "American Idol."

A screenshot from Shayla Winn's powerful story as featured on "American Idol."

Thursday, March 7, 2019

VIDEO: Watch Chesterfield student bring Lionel Richie to tears

After losing her sight, Shayla Winn is headed to Hollywood for "American Idol."

Posted By on Thu, Mar 7, 2019 at 6:20 PM

Thomas Dale High School senior Shayla "Shayy" Winn wowed the "American Idol" judges and won her golden ticket to Hollywood's "American Idol" this week.

Check out the below video where the 18-year-old student from Chesterfield sings an emotional rendition of Andra Day's "Rise Up" and brings legendary pop star Lionel Richie to tears.

For more on Winn, read this story in the Chesterfield Observer by Style contributor Rich Griset:

Winn is a young woman with a story to tell. A year and a half ago, she experienced a sudden deterioration of her vision. Her mother initially thought all she needed was a pair of glasses; it turned out to be an epidermoid cyst in her brain, with one doctor expressing surprise that she wasn’t in a coma. After surgery, recovery and therapy, Winn remains legally blind with 20/800 visual acuity.


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