Nightbirde Made Her Mark On AGT & Inspired Others Around The World
Jane Marczewski, known by her stage name Nightbirde, touched millions of people around the world with her songs and her story. Nightbirde battled cancer for many years, yet she never let that stop her from chasing her dreams.
As she told the judges when she auditioned for America’s Got Talent in 2021:
“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.”
Nightbirde performed her original song, “It’s OK.” The performance moved all of the judges, and Simon Cowell awarded her his golden buzzer.
Nightbirde’s health declined after her audition. As a result, she sadly had to drop out of the show. She passed away in February 2022.
Her influence was so great, it reached across the world. The Mzansi Youth Choir from South Africa was inspired by Nightbirde, and chose to record “It’s OK” in her honor.
Youth Choir Delivers A “Golden” Performance Of Nightbirde’s Emotional Song
The group brought their rendition of the song to their own AGT audition in 2023. The judges were left in awe as they listened to the choir’s beautiful performance.
Cowell could barely keep his composure after the performance ended. He struggled to speak through his emotions, though he eventually managed to tell the group that Nightbirde would be proud of their performance.
The AGT audience also loved every second of the Mzansi Youth Choir’s audition. They started cheering for the group to receive the Golden Buzzer.
Lucky for them, the crowd actually had some power in this case. For the first time in history, AGT made the audience “the fifth judge” and gave them the chance to award the Golden Buzzer to an act.
The crowd made it obvious they wanted the Mzansi Youth Choir to be that act. So host Terry Crews joined the four judges to press the Golden Buzzer in unison.
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It was emotional to watch the choir celebrate as golden confetti rained down on them. Just two years prior, it was Nightbirde celebrating in a similar moment. Now she’s gone, but her legacy will live on through those who continue to share her music.
Watch Mzansi Youth Choir sing Nightbirde’s “It’s OK” in the video below.