The family of America’s Got Talent star Jane “Nightbirde” Marczweski has released her debut album a year after the singer’s death from breast cancer, a very public battle that saw her withdraw from the competition despite strong support.
Jane “Nightbirde” Marczewski Dies: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Star Was 31
The album, titled It’s Ok after the audition song that brought her national attention, features 10 songs, half pop on one side and stripped-down versions of the same songs on the flip side.
Proceeds will go to a breast cancer foundation set up in Marczewski’s name.
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“We are thrilled to announce that @_nightbirde debut album, It’s OK, is available for pre-order today,” The Nightbirde Foundation, who help women battling cancer, said in a statement. “This album doesn’t pit emotions against one another, but rather it shows joy can come through sorrow. Jane would be so proud of this album, but more than that, she’d be proud of the work that the Nightbirde Foundation is doing to help others find hope and healing in the midst of tragedy.”
The album was recorded with the help of Marczewski’s older brother, Mitch.
The Zanesville, OH, native earned a judges’ standing ovation and the NBC show’s sought-after Golden Buzzer with her audition performance of “It’s Ok.” Just weeks later, she announced that she was dropping out of the competition, explaining that her “fight with cancer is demanding all of my energy and attention.”
She died on February 19, 2022. Her audition, seen above on YouTube, has more than 30 million views.
Judge Simon Cowell was a big fan of the singer and tweeted out his condolences when she died.
Heart breaking news to hear about @_nightbirde, she was an extraordinary person, so brave, so talented. She made a huge impact on AGT and the world. Her determination to fight this terrible illness was remarkable. Rest in peace, Jane. I am sending my love to her family. Simon
— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) February 22, 2022