Meet Angelica Hale, a 9-year-old singer who brought the house down on America’s Got Talent last night. While Angelica’s powerful voice captured our attention, it was her story of survival that captured our hearts.

Angelica started singing at just 2 years old, mimicking what she would hear on the radio. It was clear from the beginning that she had an incredible talent. She kept at it until the age of 4, when she suddenly contracted an aggressive strep infection in her throat and lungs, which landed her in the hospital.

Angelica spent months in the hospital and the infection led to some very serious medical complications that resulted in kidney failure and her needing a new kidney. While she was still in kidney failure and waiting to see if any of her family members would be a match for an organ donation, Angelica just wanted sing. To keep her spirits up, at the age of 5, Angelica’s parents enrolled her in voice lessons.

“A few months after I started my lessons, I performed for the first time on stage in front of a crowd of a couple hundred people,” Angelica explains. “This was my first competition. I was very nervous, but I ended up winning for my age group of 5-9 year olds! Little did I know that this would be the foundation that I would build my singing career on.”

Following Angelica’s success the family received some much needed good news… Angelica’s mother Eva was a match and could donate a kidney to her daughter, which she did on September 13th, 2013. Angelica was then 6 years old. After the successful transplant, Angelica was able to go home, and her road to recovery was officially underway.

“This experience taught us to never take your future for granted,” Angelica shares. “Things can and often do change in the blink of an eye.”

Last night when Angelica took the stage with her powerful rendition of “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys, her life, once again, was changed. The performance blew away the judges and audience, and earned her the “golden buzzer”, which catapults her straight to the live, final shows of the contest. Whether she takes home the big prize or not, Angelica is a winner in our book.

Check it out and be prepared to be WOWED!

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