Nightbirde Stuns 'America's Got Talent' with Humble Anthem 'It's Okay'

Not even cancer can dim the 30-year-old's hope from shining through. Moments when humility and hope are on center stage may be rare, but that’s just what happened this week when Jane Marczewski received the honors of the Golden Buzzer from judge Simon Cowell on America’s Got Talent. Marczewski, who goes by Nightbirde when performing, sang an original song called “It’s Okay” for the four judges. After introducing herself, Marczewski, age 30, reveals that the song touches on some of the challeng

Exclusive: ‘Country Girl’ Rissi Palmer Shares a New Acoustic Version

Rissi Palmer broke records in 2007 when she became the first Black female country singer in decades to rock the Billboard charts. Her hit song, “Country Girl,” took the world by storm, expressing a message of being true to yourself and not worrying about the stereotypical boxes people may put you in. Fifteen years after writing this groundbreaking song, Rissi has recorded an acoustic version exclusively for Verily which we are thrilled to share with you, along with a brief interview . . .

How Beyoncé’s Lion King Hit ‘Spirit’ Reaches Toward the Divine

How Beyoncé’s Lion King Hit ‘Spirit’ Reaches Toward the Divine Since Disney’s live-action hit movie “The Lion King” roared across screens, it has brought much delight to fans everywhere. In addition to bringing the animated classic to life, the new “Lion King” also brings a sharpened spiritual focus to the moral of its story. While most of the film consists of scene-by-scene reenactments of the 1994 version, this latest rendition puts much clearer emphasis on Simba’s conversion from Hakuna Mat

Top 40 Remix: Marie Miller Sings of Pressing Onward toward Our Goals

Sometimes we just want the easy way out. Sometimes we just wish life came with simple instructions. And then, every once in a while, we push ourselves past what we thought we could do, toward some larger goal we’re striving for, and we are reminded how it was so worth it. That’s the message in “Homeland,” a single released last week on Apple and Spotify by singer-songwriter Marie Miller, who is working on a full-length album to be released early 2020. “I was hoping for a quiet life with you /

4 Soulful Male Voices That Are Setting a Beautiful Trend in Music Right Now

Maybe it’s just me, but after hearing so many songs by Justin Timberlake and Justin Bieber, hearing some deeper voices on the airwaves is a welcome change. I’m apparently not alone in thinking this, as a number of soulful male singers from all over the world have been topping charts lately. Here are some of the most noteworthy. This Icelandic band of four has released two studio albums since it formed in 2012. The band’s latest, A/B, features the single “Way Down We Go,” something of a modern L

In a Tough Relationship or Grieving a Past One? Let the Cranberries' 'All Over Now' Console You

There are songs that are beautiful and songs that ring true—this is both. When Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries unexpectedly died last year, the music world shook. After a hard divorce with her longtime husband, O’Riordan was suffering from depression, but she also had a renewed energy for a new album. She and her bandmates were working on it, and she was leaving messages about looking forward to the next day of recording when she accidentally died on January 15, 2018. Autopsy results showe

This Song Completely Gets the Importance of Maintaining a Sense of Self in Relationships

What Kelsea Ballerini's "Miss Me More" has to teach us A new song by Kelsea Ballerini is rising on the charts while speaking to a real risk in relationships. In “Miss You More” from her album Unapologetically, Ballerini sings about the pitfalls of putting other peoples’ interests above your own, especially if they haven’t earned it. She sings: “I retired my red lipstick 'cause you said you didn't like it / I didn't wear my high heel shoes / 'Cause I couldn't be taller than you / I didn't wanna