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What Happened to ‘AGT’s Calysta Bevier? Golden Buzzer Star Who Moved Simon Cowell to Tears

Justin Jenkins

Justin Jenkins

Calysta Bevier AGTTibrina Hobson/Getty Images, YouTube

Who doesn’t love a feel good story? The story of former America’s Got Talent semifinalist, Calysta Bevier, will forever be remembered to fans of the hit NBC talent show. Performing Rachel Platten’s ‘Fight Song,’ Calysta not only wowed the audience, but she earned Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer. Her performance moved the judges to tears once she shared her story of fighting a rare form of ovarian cancer. 


When the judge America loves to hate awarded the then-16 year old his Golden Buzzer, audiences knew they were witnessing the rise of a superstar. Calysta’s Stage 3 cancer battle made the strength shown during her performance all the more touching.

With her impressive vocal control and beautiful voice, the Season 11 contestant advanced straight to the live rounds thanks to Cowell. First gaining the attention of talk show host Ellen Degenres on Youtube, Calysta used her time on AGT to perform other motivational songs such as Christina Perri’s ‘Human’ and Sara Bareilles’s ‘Brave.’ 

“I feel like a lot of people take for granted what they have in their lives and they kind of just ride along and don’t really do much,” Calysta said in a 2016 interview. “You can’t just sit around if you have something you want to do. You need to go for it because you don’t know how long you have.”



‘AGT’s Calysta Bevier Continues to Make New Music

Going for it is exactly what Calysta continues to do. After joining the exclusive Golden Buzzer club, Calysta did not advance to the finals, but she did not let that stop her from pursuing her music dreams. In 2020, she released five singles. Her song ‘Already Know’ has over 7 million streams on Spotify while her 2019 hit ‘Hate U Sometimes’ continues to climb.

After her climb to internet stardom, Calysta moved to Los Angeles and signed with a management company. She has performed at many live events, with major stars such as John Legend of The Voice and T-Pain of The Masked Singer

Recently coming out as pansexual, Calysta also uses her platfrom to celebrate her querness, and speak on LGBTQIA+ issues.


“I’ll be loving myself so that others can see what it means to love themselves fully! I will also be learning more myself, I’m sure, by being present and active on social media when it comes to bringing awareness to the topic,” Calysta said in celebration of pride month

Now married and cancer free, Calysta is working on her sound. Influenced by artists such as No Doubt, Avril Lavigne, Dua Lipa, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Nirvana, Calysta says that she is going down a “90s funk/punk street” while continuing her musical journey. 

Team Caly, which is what Calysta calls her fan base, can also receive personalized videos through Cameo to hear directly from the star. Calysta stays active on the platform when she is not putting out new music. 

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Justin Jenkins
Justin D. Jenkins is a writer and host for Talent Recap. He is a lover of all things reality T.V. and likes to consider himself a wine connoisseur. Justin was born and raised in New York and is a dedicated storyteller who loves to be creative in his spare time. He also formed his own production company Cre8tiveTribe Media and has written about art, culture, and entertainment for A.R.T.S.Y Magazine.

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