18-Year-Old Kentucky native Marlana VanHoose needed help as she stepped on stage to sing the national anthem at Rand Paul's presidential campaign announcement. For the few minutes that followed, the nation was truly unified by the power of her voice, even if she couldn't see the smiles on their faces.

Marlana has Cerebral Palsy, and as a result, has never been blessed with the ability to see the world around her. When she holds a microphone though, it's as if we're the ones without fully-formed optic nerves. Her voice paints a vivid landscape as passion erupts from her powerful voice. I certainly saw a newly inspired vision of how the anthem was supposed to be experienced.

While she can't see the crowds cheering, nor the elated expressions before her, she most certainly can hear them. As she delivered perhaps the most memorable Star Spangled Banner performance in recent memory, she heard her fans loud and clear this night.

Chants of "U.S.A. U.S.A." echoed in the hall after she nailed her last note, and when she claps while leaving the stage, it lets me know she's truly proud of what she just accomplished. Here's to hoping we hear more of her remarkable voice soon.