‘America’s Got Talent’ contestant, Nightbirde, said Lynchburg helped shape her music career

10 News caught up with Nightbirde after her golden buzzer moment

LYNCHBURG, Va. – She’s a golden girl!

Liberty University grad, Jane Marczewski, walked away from her America’s Got Talent audition with an unforgettable golden buzzer moment.

10 News caught up with the 30-year-old Wednesday morning over Zoom and she told us this area helped shape who she is today.

Jane Marczewski, who goes by the stage name Nightbirde, light-heartedly walked onto the “America’s Got Talent” stage with the sweetest smile and an even sweeter voice,

In less than 48 hours after her audition, her original audition song, “It’s OK” is No. 1 on iTunes and her audition is the No. 2 trending video on YouTube.

However, this woman has carried a heavy load for the past several years after a devastating breast cancer diagnosis.

“I have a 2% chance of survival, but 2% is not zero. 2% is something and I wish people knew how amazing it is,” said Marczewski.

It’s that perspective when facing the seemingly impossible, on top of her musical talent, that blew the judges away.

“This time the impossible thing that I’m experiencing is an impossibly good thing and I always believed that something like this could happen, and I think that’s why I’m here, so it feels like such a redemption and such a full-circle moment to experience something so amazing,” said Marczewski.

She’s from Ohio but got her start performing and writing while attending Liberty University.

“Lynchburg and that area of Virginia, those beautiful mountains, it’s where I found myself really and where I found my voice and it was such a launching pad for me and I’ll be grateful for that forever,” said Marczewski. “I don’t know where I’d be had I not started my music career in Lynchburg.”

She sang an original song, one she told me she wrote with a message she herself needed to hear - “It’s Okay.”

“When I didn’t have the imagination for myself to imagine a better world and future, other people kind of stepped in a carried that flag for me. I’m here because of those people that believed when I couldn’t believe, and I hope that I can be that for millions of people,” said Marczewski.

Based on Marczewski’s January scan, the cancer has spread. However, she plans to be on stage for the “America’s Got Talent” August live shows.

About the Author

After working and going to school in Central Virginia for over five years, Lindsey’s made her way back home to the mountains.