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Neville Peter was born on November 17, 1972. He was born and raised on the beautiful island of St. Thomas.
When he was about six months old, his parents noticed that he did not make eye contact with them anymore. He did not smile back when they smiled at him, nor did he respond to their faces peering at him over the rails of his crib.
His parents wondered if there was something wrong with his vision, so they took him to the doctor. He was diagnosed with Glaucoma, which is a very painful disease that causes nerve damage in the eyes. At the time, not much could be done to stop the disease or to repair the damage already done.
Neville cannot remember ever being able to see perfectly, but he is thankful to God that he had the privilege of some sight for the first 12 years of his life. About the age of five or six, he began to sing in church. During the congregational songs, he would sing as loud as he could. They say you could hear him above the organ and everyone else. He did it just for fun and because the older members seemed to enjoy his singing.
However, his younger friends did not enjoy his singing that much and they began to tease him about it, so he decided to tone it down, to sing softer or not sing at all. However, the older members began to ask him, “What happened?” “Why didn’t I hear you today?” To which he would reply, “I was singing bass.”
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