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Disabled Songwriter Wins Competition

18-year-old Brodie Brown recently won the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest for his musical abilities and profound lyrics. The teen was born with Cystic Hygroma, a rare birth defect that required him to have over 70 surgeries on his airways during his childhood. As a result, doctors weren’t sure if he would ever be able to speak. During a stint in the hospital, famous rock band The Fratellis heard about Brown’s story and gifted him a bass guitar as a birthday present. WIth an instrument of his own, Brown developed a passion for music, songwriting, and performing. Brown found a sense of purpose in creating music, giving him the strength to persevere during medical challenges. Winning the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which is judged by the Grateful Dead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and more, has launched Brown’s career to the next level and he can’t wait to continue sharing his story with the world. 

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