Morgan Myles brought all the feels with her 嗓音 semifinals performance.
During the live show on Monday night, the 35-year-old Nashville singer performed an emotional rendition of Lady Gaga’s ballad “Always Remember Us This Way” 从 一个明星诞生了 in dedication to her late cousin Mac who died of glioblastoma (an aggressive form of brain cancer) 在年龄 33 在十二月 2019.
“We were thick as thieves, me and Mac,” Myles told PEOPLE over Zoom after her performance. “So it just was a lot, 你知道? When you lose people like that, it changes the dynamic of your family forever, and it’s a struggle. It still burns that hole in our hearts.”
Myles — who is on coach Camila Cabello’s team — said that she chose to perform “Always Remember Us This Way” in honor of Mac since it “so beautifully describes what I hope our family focuses on: the good times.”
Despite the heavy subject matter, Myles impressively kept her composure until the end of the performance. She credited being able to do so considering she had already sang at her cousin’s funeral three years ago.
“That was probably good practice,” 她说. “I remember staring at the stained glass in the church, just being like, ‘I am in another world. I’m just gonna sing and get through it.'”
Prior to 声音, Myles released her album Therapy 在 2020, and she said Mac is “laced” all throughout the songs on it.
“I must have written 70 songs in five-and-a-half months about Mac,” 她说. “There’s a song called ‘I Believe’ on my record, and I wrote that the day he went into end-of-life [关心]. I was a mess. 它就像, '好的, everybody, 开始了. It’s gonna get worse from here.’ 你懂? ‘I ‘Believe’ is just a really special song, and he fought the good fight.”
与她 嗓音 performance — which left her mom visibly in tears in the audience — and her music, Myles said she hopes people will feel less “alone.”
“I ultimately just wanna be a vessel,” 她说. “I feel like God gave me a gift and that it’s for me to deliver that feeling that we’re not alone in the struggles of life. I want people to feel like they can get through [任何事物].”
声音 airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 下午. NBC 上的 EST.