World Cup anthem singer overcame polyps disease, car accident

David Correy was born in Brazil, and his mother was only 13 when she gave birth to him. Poverty-stricken, his mother gave him up for adoption. American parents adopted David and raised him in Maryland. He earned a full scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music. However, he suffered from polyps disease during his sophomore year, which robbed him of his voice, and he had to slowly regain his ability to sing. He also broke his leg and hip in a car accident and spent a year learning to walk again.

Eventually, David auditioned on The X Factor USA during its second season and became a finalist. Miraculously, he was reunited with his birth mother through the show. Currently, David is the voice behind "The World is Ours," the global anthem for Coca-Cola's 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign.


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