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9/3/13 at 03:32 PM 1 Comments

Boy Given 50/50 Chance at Birth to Release Patriotic Album

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Christopher singing at Fenway Park

Twelve-year-old Christopher Duffley is beating the odds to release an album of inspirational and patriotic songs. Though he is blind and autistic Christopher has become a sought-after youtube sensation, singing at Fenway Park, NASCAR and a Teamster conference. Now he is in the studio working on a new CD.

Christopher was born in 2001 with only a 50 percent chance of survival. Born prematurely at 26 weeks, he weighed just 1 lb., 12 oz. and tested positive for cocaine. Miraculously, he survived but a condition that affects the eyes of many premature babies, retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), rendered him totally blind by the time he was 6 months old.

Christopher's was adopted by aunt and uncle Christine and Stephen Duffley after his birth parents gave him over to foster care because of their drug dependency. At age 5 years old, Christopher had been diagnosed with autism and rarely conversed with anyone until he reached the first grade. However adoptive mother Christine Duffley recognized the boy's musical ability and entered him into musical therapy. Through this therapy the Duffleys learned that Christopher had perfect pitch.

His first grade teacher taught him the Star Spangled Banner and soon he began to perform the national anthem at local sporting events.

His singing career really took off after a video of Christopher singing "Open The Eyes of My Heart" at the Capitol Center for the Performing Arts in Concord, N.H., went viral, garnering more than 2.4 million views on YouTube.

Now Christopher is working with veteran producer Steven V. Taylor to record a CD. Taylor has worked with Christian artists such as Kirk Franklin, Natalie Grant and Michael W. Smith. The album will include worship music, such as "Open the Eyes of My Heart," "Amazing Grace" and "I Can Only Imagine," and inspirational and patriotic songs, including "God Bless the USA" and "Lean on Me."

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