Zanesville Native receives Golden Buzzer on America’s Got Talent

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MUSKINGUM COUNTY, Ohio- You may have recognized a familiar face on America’s Got Talent last night. A native of Muskingum County performed an original song and received more than four yeses. 

Jane Marczewski, who also goes by her stage name Nightbirde, performed on America’s Got Talent last night. She sang an original song and judges were blown away by her performance. Judge Simon Cowell sent her straight to the semi-finals live show by pressing the golden buzzer.

“I’m standing there for these four amazing judges that are nationally known and you know, Simon Cowell is really really difficult to impress… After I performed my song, the judges did really connect with it, but then when Simon started to talk, it sounded like he wasn’t going to put me through. He sounded like he thought I was good but he wasn’t super impressed or anything so I was standing there just trying to be grateful for the experience for what it was because it was amazing. Then he paused and he reached his hand towards the golden buzzard and at that moment, I felt like what happened was in complete slow motion and I will never forget that,” Marczewski said.

Marczewski was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and then again in 2020. She discovered at the beginning of this year her battle isn’t finished. She was given a two percent chance of survival. Fighting cancer and going through treatments hasn’t stopped her from doing what she loves: Singing and songwriting.

“You’ll never be able to outrun the pain that happens in your life. For me, the lesson has been, the bad things that happen to me, that’s not what I am or who I am. So, there’s bad things that happen and that’ll always be stories that I carry with me but that’s not my calling card or my personality. Cancer and hardship is not my personality. It’s something that happened to me that I don’t ignore and don’t pretend like it didn’t happen. But I’m also so much more than that as well,” Marczewski said.

So where does the name Nightbirde come from?

Marczewski said it’s her stage name she came up with when she first started writing pop music.

She had a dream, three nights in a row, where she kept hearing birds sing in the middle of night…

“The third time I woke up from this dream, I actually got up and went to the window and there was an actual tree full of birds singing in pitch darkness. That struck me really profoundly because I thought it was really beautiful, that even though there was no sign of the morning, these birds were singing as if it was already morning. That was something I wanted to embody in my life, that when I’m going through a hard time and you don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, I can still sing because I believe that’ it is going to come,” Marczewski said.

She moved to California for cancer treatments but is home in Zanesville for the summer. She looks forward to her journey on America’s Got Talent and her next audition for the live show. 

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Natalie Comer
Natalie grew up in Martinsburg, WV and graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Journalism emphasizing in broadcast. During her time at WVU, she worked and interned with WVU Athletics Video, where she helped with video production on game days. Her senior year of college, she was the Sports Reporter/Anchor for “WVU News,” an Emmy-award winning newscast produced by journalism students. Natalie is a huge sports fanatic. She is a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Penguins, but when it comes to football, she cheers on the LA Rams. Her dream job is to be a reporter in the NHL.