Jane Marczewski, a 31 year old singer who rose to fame on “America’s Got Talent,” has passed after her four-year battle with cancer. Better known as Nightbirde, the singer became an inspirational phenomenon after she took the stage with her original song “It’s OK.” She disclosed to judges that she was fighting cancer. At the time, it was in her lungs, spine, and liver. However, what really set her apart was that despite what she was going through, she radiated positivity and inspiration.
An article from CNN reflecting on her stage moment shared this quote she said to the judges after her performance:
“You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy.”
The article continues with a quote from her family on their reflection of her life and loss. It states,
“Those who knew her enjoyed her larger-than-life personality and sense of humor. She had a witty joke for every occasion—even if the joke was on her. Her lasting legacy will be the gift of hope she gave to so many through her music and the strength she found in Jesus. We thank everyone for their messages of love and support.”
After her performance on “America’s Got Talent” where she was awarded the Golden Buzzer (Watch it here), Nightbirde’s social media following skyrocketed. She had over 1 million followers on Instagram. The last post to her page read:
“Honestly, things have been pretty brutal. But this is a photo of myself from last week where I felt pretty, and alive, and awake, and human, and real. I needed that. We’re all a little lost and it’s alright.”
Nightbirde became a symbol of resilience and hope despite her being told her survival rate was only 2%. She said during her “America’s Got Talent” audition that 2% was better than 0%.
Though the show accepted her immediately, Nightbirde ended up withdrawing when her health took a turn for the worse.
At this point, her performance went viral and an article from People mentioned “Nightbirde had previously released two EPs and multiple singles, including the original song ‘It’s Okay.’ The track earned her millions of views on YouTube and an abundance of streams on various music platforms.”
Many celebrities and TV Networks have posted their condolences to Nightbirde’s family and everyone shares in the common theme that her resilience and courage were and are still a huge inspiration.
The same article from People shared what Terry Crews, “America’s Got Talent” host, had to say:
“When news of Nightbirde’s passing first broke, Crews was among those who honored her with social media tributes. Alongside a photo of the singer, the actor wrote: ‘We are saddened to learn about @_nightbirde’s passing. Our condolences goes to her closest family & friends in such of this difficult time. We Love you, Nightbirde.‘
While her family grieves the loss of their loved one, I am sure it is reassuring for them to know just how much joy and positivity Jane sent into the universe. At a time like this, we can all use a little more hope. Fly high, Nightbirde.