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Local Musicians With Disabilities Become Stars


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - He was born with a rare genetic disorder that could make living his everyday life difficult, but instead Seth Link is beating the odds and taking chances leading him to the national spotlight.

In this journey we call life, Seth Link is beating the odds stacked against him at birth with music.

This 21-year-old was born with a rare developmental disability called Williams Syndrome.

"There's things called chromosomes and we are missing a few chromosomes on a gene" explained Seth.

Even with his disability, Seth said greatness has never been out of reach. He just took those frustrations and made music with his drums.

"You're able to use that negative energy to let it go and to be able to make something positive happen out of it," Seth said.

While attending Vanderbilt University's John F. Kennedy Center for summer camp, Seth along with 24 other young adults with developmental disabilities wrote a song.

The Kennedy Center is a place where researchers work together to solve the mysteries of developmental disabilities and human development by using music.

The song the students made has landed them an opportunity of a lifetime.

On Sunday night, 25 of those young adults from Vanderbilt's Kennedy Center, 11 from Nashville, will perform on stage with country music star Darius Rucker at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

"To be able to do that is very humbling and goes a long way," Seth added.

Never using his condition as a crutch, Seth is reaching unbelievable heights.

"You should never be held back by what you have. You should always use it to progress and to influence and fight for what you believe in," Seth said

"He has shown us all a different perspective on life and how we need to persevere even through hard times. He is definitely a role model for everyone around him," said Seth's mother Becky Link.

So what's next for this drummer you may ask?

"This could be it, but there is plenty more out there. You just have to go for it and see what happens," Seth said.

To help Vanderbilt University's Kennedy Center continue helping those with disabilities through music, the ACM Awards will allow viewers to donate during the awards show through its Lifting Lives campaign or you can call to make a donation at 1-888-9 LIFTING (5438464).

To catch Seth and the ACM Awards Show, turn to NewsChannel 5 Sunday night at 8 p.m.

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