Blind Grammy nominated fiddler is a Hoosier native

Hoosier native Michael Cleveland nominated for Grammy. (WAVE)
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Being nominated for a Grammy is one of the highest honors someone in music can receive.

A blind man in Kentucky just got his first Grammy nomination and it's a dream he's had since he was a child.

"Orange Blossom Special" is the first time Michael Cleveland ever heard the fiddle. At the time, Michael was just four-years-old.

"That song captivated me for some reason. And from that moment on I knew I had to play the fiddle. Most people I know don't remember anything about being four-years-old but I'll never forget that," said Grammy Nominee, Michael Cleveland.

But Michael couldn't read music. He was born blind, "Most people that I know of, their teachers tell them to practice in a dark room. You shouldn't look at things. Listen to things when it comes to playing."

During the week at the Kentucky School for the Blind, he took classical lessons. On the weekends, "That was the very very first contest he ever played in. How did you do? I was terrible," said John Cleveland his father.

It was all about Bluegrass, "I listened to Blue grass. I played Bluegrass. I dreamed about playing Bluegrass non stop. That's all I ever wanted to do."

After high school Michael joined a band. Played at the Grand Ole Opry. With Vince Gill.

And is now the band leader of Michael Cleveland and The Flamekeeper.

All this time, he's been recording solo albums.

It's his latest one, that has made him a Grammy nominee for best Bluegrass album at the age of 37.

Michael said, "I think Oh my God was the first thing out of my mouth after I recovered."

"Well you know it's been 33 years since he started playing. It's a lot of hard work. But it's great," exclaimed John.

For Michael - The title track, Fiddler's Dream, couldn't be more perfect.

The Grammy's are January 28th at Madison Square Garden. Michael has a gig the night before but hopes to make it.