Cancer Patient With 2% Chance of Survival Stuns with Emotional Song on ‘AGT’: “I’m so much more than the bad things that happen to me”

Posted by on June 9, 2021 in Conscious Living, Inspirational with 1 Comment

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America’s Got Talent is known for its wacky circus acts, but every once in a while, there is an audition that is truly haunting. The one that resonated this Tuesday was the final performer of the night, Jane Marczewski, a.k.a. Nightbirde — a 30-year-old singer and three-time cancer survivor whose ethereal original ballad “It’s OK” not only left the judges in tears, but earned Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer, thus fast-tracking her straight to this season’s live shows.

Nightbirde took the stage looking thin and frail, but she exuded such serenity and strength that when she revealed she had “some cancer in my lungs and spine and my liver” and that doctors had now given her only a 2 percent chance of survival, shocked judge Howie Mandel gasped, “So… you’re not OK?” She answered, very calmly: “Well, not in every way, no.”

“You’ve got a beautiful smile and a beautiful glow, and nobody would know,” Howie then told Nightbirde, to which she replied with a stoic smile, “Thank you. It’s important that everyone knows that I’m so much more than the bad things that happen to me. … You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy.”

While the folk-pop chanteuse didn’t share any more details of her cancer battle during her time on AGT, a blog post on her website goes into detail about her harrowing ordeal. On New Year’s Eve 2019, Marczewski was diagnosed with terminal cancer after “innumerable tumors” were found on her lungs, liver, lymph nodes, ribs, and spine, and she was told she had six months to live. In July 2020 she went into remission, but tragically, the cancer soon returned. “I have had cancer three times now, and I have barely passed 30,” the singer’s blog post reads. “There are times when I wonder what I must have done to deserve such a story. I fear sometimes that when I die and meet with God, that He will say I disappointed Him, or offended Him, or failed Him. Maybe He’ll say I just never learned the lesson, or that I wasn’t grateful enough. But one thing I know for sure is this: He can never say that He did not know me.”

Nightbirde’s raw yet eloquent way with words translated to the lyrics of “It’s OK,” and her AGT performance was so quietly compelling that when she finished and shyly backed away from the microphone, there was a long, astounded pause — before a choked-up Simon stammered out a simple “wow,” followed by the entire theater finally erupting in a standing ovation.

Jane Marczewski, a.k.a. Nightbirde, sings her original song “It's OK” on America's Got Talent. (YouTube screen shot)

“Your voice is stunning, absolutely stunning,” said Simon. “There was something about that song, the way you almost casually told us what you are going through…” Simon then did one of his little fakeouts, teasing, “I’m not going to give you a yes — I’m going to give you something else!” And with that, he hit the Golden Buzzer, as the overjoyed and overwhelmed Marczewski dropped to her knees, crying happy tears, and Simon went onstage to embrace her.

“I have a 2 percent chance of survival, but 2 percent is not zero percent,” Nightbirde told AGT host Terry Crews backstage after her moving audition. “Two percent is something, and I wish people knew how amazing it is.” Meanwhile, a still-awestruck Simon sat in his judging chair, sighing, “God, that really got to me.”

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  1. Georgi says:

    I watched her performance. She’s ethereal!
    Profoundly affected me.

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