The family of Jane Marczewski, known to the world as the singer “Nightbirde,” shared her final video before she passed away from cancer.
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The two-minute video was posted Tuesday on social media, featuring heartfelt words about grief and joy from the Ohio native and Liberty University graduate.
“It’s like JANE knew the words she needed to leave us with before she left,” they wrote. “We hope her words comfort you all as you mourn. ‘Grieving is the soul’s way of saying IT MATTERED.'”
I’ll never forget watching her performance on “America’s Got Talent” when she sang her original song, “It’s OK,” stunning the judges and moving Simon Cowell to tears, who gave her the golden buzzer.
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I’m confident she is singing with Jesus on the streets of gold in heaven today.
Below is the full statement from the Marczewski family:
Jane Kristen Marczewski, age 31, also known as Nightbirde of Nashport OH went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on February 19, 2022 after a four-year battle with cancer. She most recently resided in San Clemente CA with her brother Andrew.
She was born December 29, 1990 in Zanesville OH to Mitchell and Sharon Marczewski. She is survived by siblings Mitchell Jr (Brook); Andrew and Katelyn Marczewski; grandparents Richard and Elizabeth Rumora; Uncle Keith and Aunt Sheryl Ross; Nephews Mitchell III and Jude Marczewski; niece Magnolia Marczewski and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was a 2009 graduate of Licking County Christian Academy and a 2013 graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg VA with a marketing degree.
Many remember her as the winner of Simon Cowell’s Golder Buzzer on America’s Got Talent in 2021 with the hit song It’s OK which charted No. 1 on iTunes and charted on Billboard. Her other top songs include New Year’s Eve, Girl in a Bubble and Brave.
Before she became Nightbirde, she dedicated her high school years volunteering with the youth ministry at Cornerstone Church in Licking County OH. She also spent many nights and weekends leading worship at Christian events throughout Ohio. It was during this time when she cultivated her love for music and ministry.
During college she continued her love for music by becoming a prolific songwriter and performer. When she was not writing or singing, she shared Jesus with the unparented youngsters in her neighborhood while providing them snacks after school.
When she resided in Nashville TN, she was involved at The Belonging Church leading worship and participating as a youth camp counselor. She also enjoyed sharing Christ with the women at the Davidson County Jail. Many now know the Lord because of her evangelism and commitment to Christ.
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 communicated through her music and the strength she found in Jesus.
The family set up a fundraiser Monday titled “Nightbirde Memorial Fund,” which has raised more than $6,000 to its $500,000 goal.
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“We are raising funds in honor of Jane in order to create a memorial foundation to donate to cancer research & give grants/support to those who may be unable to afford the treatment they need,” Mitch Marczewski wrote. “The proceeds from this fund will be used to honor Jane’s memory by allowing her dream and inspiration to carry on.”
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