Danielle El-Jor had the world on a string. The recent high school graduate was a talented singer with hopes for stardom, but she spent the day of her big break in a hospital bed. On her 19th birthday, Danielle was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and one year ago, instead of auditioning for The Voice she had to endure her first round of Chemotherapy.
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“I had no time to postpone chemotherapy because it was rapidly spreading in my body,” Danielle said. “There were mornings I couldn’t get out of bed and walk, so the days that I could… I was grateful for those good days.”
Despite the grim prognosis, Danielle never gave up hope that God had a plan for her life. And boy was she right.
After beating cancer, a friend submitted her story to a local radio station running a contest for those who have overcome great odds. The winner of the contest would get Garth Brooks tickets and a chance to meet the man himself. After reading her story, the radio station knew they had to give the tickets to Danielle… and that’s where it all began.
“We went in and we met Garth and Trisha and sat down with him and it was like talking to my neighbors, like parents, so casual they were the nicest sweetest people,” Danielle said.
Danielle told Garth about her dream to become a singer. The country superstar then invited Danielle to their soundcheck before the show the next day. He gave Danielle a microphone and asked her to sing… the result snagged her the opportunity of a lifetime.
“I started singing, the band started playing, and it just all came very natural,” Danielle said. “He was like ‘Let’s do that song tonight!’ I was like ‘Yes, of course!'”
And so, in the video below, we get to see Danielle’s first ever performance, in front of a massive crowd, singing with none other than Garth Brooks.
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