Blind singer-pianist says he relies on God to be his eyes

Pianist and tenor Carlos Ibay poses for a photo at his home in Fairfax, Va. Ibay, known as “Chucky,” is in music ministry at his Catholic parish, St. Michael in Annandale, Va. He was born premature and spent the first three months of his life in an incubator, where he lost his sight because of too much oxygen. (CNS/Bob Roller)

(CNS) Behind all the musical prowess of Carlos Ibay is a young man whose strong connection to the heart of Jesus can be recognized through the many outlets of his ingenuity.

It’s evident in his life, his voice and his song.

On a recent Sunday, seated high above the congregation in the choir loft of St. Michael Church in Annandale, the self-taught organist glides his fingers across the keys of an organ as he sings memorized hymn after hymn in an unforgettable voice.

“You do see the grace of God flowing through him when he plays and … sings,” Sharon Shafer, the parish’s music director, told Catholic News Service. [More]


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