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‘AGT’s Nightbirde Wins Over Fans with Original Music Just Like Chayce Beckham

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Nightbirde’s original song “It’s OK” gained global attention after she scored Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer on AGT. She will be going straight through to the live shows set to take place in a couple of weeks. Before she makes her way back onto the stage, Nightbirde is basking in all of the success the song has brought her.

Nightbirde Catipults to Fame with Original Song After ‘AGT’ Audition

Nightbirde has garnered over 537,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. Her performance of “It’s OK” live at the Maple House has over 2.1 million streams alone. Just hours after Nightbirde’s audition aired on television on June 8, “It’s OK,” topped the iTunes charts. It was only the beginning of four weeks’ worth of amazing accomplishments.

The night before the song was recorded live at the Maple House in January, Nightbirde had a panic attack. She just traveled back to Nashville after receiving her cancer diagnosis and was in the process of getting a divorce. The sentiment of the song is very inspiring and tells her story beautifully.

At the time of her audition, Nightbirde had cancer left in her lungs, spine, and liver. She had a 2% chance of survival. She wanted everyone to know that she is more than just the bad things that have happened to her. With over 27.4 million views later, she has the entire world rooting for her.

A second version of “It’s OK” landed in the third spot on the Billboard Digital Downloads chart right underneath BTS and Masked Wolf. To find success with both the acoustic and pop versions of the song is a tremendous accomplishment for a contestant who hasn’t even performed in the live shows yet. On June 22, Nightbirde was ranked third on Billboard’s Top 10 Emerging Artists chart.

Can She Win the Show with Original Music Just Like Chayce Beckham Did on ‘Idol’?

Nightbirde’s success on the charts with original music sounds eerily familiar to Season 19 American Idol winner Chayce Beckham. Chayce was able to win over the American Idol voters and the world with his original song “23.”  Once “23” was released, it skyrocketed all the way to the first spot on the iTunes Top 100 Country Songs Chart. It also landed a spot at the top of the iTunes Top 100 Songs Chart, ahead of American Idol judge Luke Bryan.

At her audition, Howie Mandel complimented Nightbirde on her authenticity. It’s one of the things she has in common with Chayce. Chayce was able to pour his soul into writing multiple original songs throughout the American Idol season. He even performed one during the Mother’s Day episode.

Talent show fans love originality. Singing heartfelt original songs on the show pretty much sealed Chayce’s fate as the winner. No matter how good of a singer runner-up Willie Spence is, America loves storytelling through music. Chayce even made history with “23” which was the first winner’s single to be written by a contestant.

He did not hold back with “23,” sharing his personal story and relationship with alcohol in the lyrics. His humbleness was another factor that played a role in why he was crowned the winner. Nightbirde is well on her way to finding the same kind of success on AGT.

Fans Agree That She is the Frontrunner in the Competition

The 30-year-old posted a video asking her 614,000 followers who her biggest competition on AGT is. After sifting through the comments, it looks like her fanbase agrees that she has no competition. When someone is able to come onto the stage and get Cowell choked up, you know they have the potential to win the show.

“I may not feel the best right now but this certainly makes my soul burst into so much hope and happiness,” she wrote on Instagram about all of her success. “Thank you all again for supporting my dream by simply just listening to my music.”

Getting the Golden Buzzer from Cowell is already like winning. He has so much influence in the music industry even after stepping down from Syco Records. Cowell posted Nightbirde’s audition on Instagram, writing that she is “a true inspiration.” The post has been viewed by nearly 4 million people.

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