Havasu woman joins band to reach hearing-impaired fans | Kingman Daily Miner – Arizona News

Havasu woman joins band to reach hearing-impaired fans | Kingman Daily Miner – Arizona News



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Destiny Younger translates Kevin Jaxon and the Midnight Sun’s set into American Sign Language. Younger said she joined the band in March in hopes of reaching hard-of-hearing or deaf audience members.

  • Originally Published: August 1, 2017 5:55 a.m.

  • LAKE HAVASU CITY – In mid-June, Chance the Rapper announced he hired American Sign Language interpreters for the remainder of his Be Encouraged Tour, which wraps up Oct. 20 in Phoenix.

    But Chance isn’t the first to provide the service to his audience members. The 24-year-old rapper from Chicago joins a long list of artists, like The Black Keys, Keith Urban and Nelly, who have hired interpreters for the hearing-impaired for their tours.

    And now Kevin Jaxon and the Midnight Sun, a Havasu-based R&B band, has their own ASL interpreter.

    “I try to stay innovative – do things different,” Jaxon said. “I thought this would be a good thing. Sometimes, in the bigger venues, you never know who’s out there that may need (an ASL interpreter).”

    Destiny Younger met Kevin Jaxon a few years ago at McKee’s Pub and Grill and kept in contact ever since. Then, in March, the 38-year-old interpreter joined the group.

    “It’s very small, but maybe larger than you’d think,” Younger said of the deaf community in Havasu. “They kind of just hide out, or they’re very busy. Or (they are) older people that don’t go out.”

    Although Younger was born in Iowa, her…

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