Kechi Okwuchi is a Nigerian-born Texas based plane crash and burn survivor, a singer/songwriter, an author, an inspirational and TEDx keynote speaker and bullying prevention advocate. Kechi found her true voice after her accident — a plane crash that took the lives of 107 of 109 passengers in Nigeria in 2005.
Journey To Survival
Though the journey was difficult, a third degree burns over 65% of her body and arrived at the hospital with a 30% chance of survival, She spent four months in the ICU and then three more months at the hospital in what she calls her “patchwork era” because “they were just patching me together and keeping me alive,” and was sustained by her faith, family and music.
She resumed high school in 2009 and then went on to University, where graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Economics . She began to sing and perform at her church, at burn and trauma fundraisers, galas and at family events, sharing what she loved with those she wanted to inspire.
America’s Got talent
In Season 12 of the America Got Talent, she shared her story of surviving a plane crash that killed 107 out of 109 passengers, that music was an escape for her as she recovered from her injuries. Kechi sang “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, earning four “yes” votes, she made it to the Finals.
Becoming a finalist on America’s Got Talent was Kechi’s dream realized and on June 10th, 2018, she released her first single, “Don’t You Dare,” on all music platforms. She has since become a traveling artist, inspirational speaker and burn survivor advocate for multiple burn survivor organizations, including Shriners Burns Hospitals.
In 2019, she became a finalist on America’s Got Talent: The Champions through Simon Cowell’s “golden buzzer.” Kechi has now chosen to forge ahead on a path that allows her to explore both business and artistic opportunities.
Since then, she has become an active ambassador for multiple organizations such as WEMovement, Be Strong Global and the United Nations Foundation #TOGETHERBAND project, advocating for various global causes such as youth empowerment, bullying prevention advocacy, and sustainable living.
Kechi released her summer single ‘All the Time’ on May 2021, and a powerful duet ‘All My Love’ with The Texas Tenors. She is signed with Baker Publishing Group for the publication of her memoir titled ‘More Than My Scars’ in Spring, 2022. She hopes to use her voice and her story to ignite hope and courage all over the world within those that need it.