16-year-old Calysta Bevier recently took the internet by storm with her fantastic performance on America’s Got Talent. Aside from her beautiful voice, what captivated everyone was her strong personality.
You see, this young lady from Ohio is actually a cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer when she was 15. She overcame her health obstacles and was able to join the competition.
“I kinda came here today to show people that no matter what you’ve gone through, to keep chasing your dreams,” Caly said before the performance.
Her song of choice couldn’t be any more appropriate because she picked “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten. The words took on new meaning for both the judges and the audience as the teen singer sang her own rendition.
She received a standing ovation from both the judges and the crowd. Simon Cowell was so impressed he eventually hit the golden buzzer for Caly. He also said:
“I love everything about you. I just had this feeling when you walked out, I can’t explain it — just your spirit, the choice of song, your voice. I think you’re really special.”
Watch Calysta Bevier’s performance here:
According to ET Online, Bevier has also performed the same song in an Ellen DeGeneres guesting where she had a special surprise duet with Platten herself.
“Fight Song” By Rachel Platten
“Fight Song” is, of course, recorded and performed by singer-songwriter Rachel Platten.
In a VH1 feature, Platten said the song “was inspired by a lot of experiences that were hurting me and that were making me feel like maybe I didn’t have a chance in this industry.”
She also added, “I wrote it because I needed to remind myself that I believed in myself. No matter what, I still was gonna make music, even if it was on a small scale. Even if it was just for me… I really challenged myself in writing the past couple of years to be vulnerable in my lyrics. I didn’t want to skate past what was hurting. It didn’t scare me to be vulnerable because I think that’s when you get something great.”
The song debuted at #80 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on May 2, 2015.
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