Ally Townsend: ABC’s Person of the Week

Allyson Townsend

Allyson Townsend, ABC's Person of the Week. Image courtesy ABCNews.

22-year old Allyson Townsend, 2010 graduate From Baylor University after majoring in Deaf Education, has recently made national news for her meticulous deidcation to signing popular music using American Sign Language. Her videos are enjoyed on her YouTube channel Ally ASL, where she has over 15,000+ viewers.

Watch this story on “World News with Diane Sawyer”.

Townsend first gained interest in sign language as a child, when her deaf friend wasn’t able to understand Townsend’s own love of music. Her friend was beffudled by concepts like when to sing what and when, and how long to hold a note or a word. So TOwnsend made a music video in ASL for her friend of “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer.

In an interview with Diane Sawyer, Townsend explains “She loved it,” she said. “She absolutely loved it. She asked me to do more.”

Since then, the videos have become part of a four-year long project where Townsend has covered a vast array of music from “Baby It’s Cold Outside” by Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone to “Tik Tok” by Ke$ha.

Today, more than 15,000 people have watched her viewers, and although her fans can’t hear the music, the message board is full of appreciative responses for Ally’s time and dedication to giving them music they otherwise would be unable to experience.

You can read more of Ally Townsends story here on and don’t forget to watch this World News with Diane Sawyer video for more on this story.

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