'Survivor' Michelle Knight Releases Pop Song She Wrote in Ariel Castro's Basement

Michelle Knight has endured more abuse than any single person should ever have to, yet she refuses to let it dampen her positive attitude. The Cleveland kidnapping victim spent more than ten years trapped in Ariel Castro's basement, and instead of turning herself into the ultimate victim, she has talked openly about overcoming her struggle.


Knight has previously written a bestselling memoir, Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings, and now she's taken her voice to music, with her just-released music video "Survivor."

Knight was 21 years old when she was abducted in August 2002, and wasn't freed until May 2013. Her fellow captive Amanda Berry was able to get the attention of neighbors, and after more than a decade, Knight, Berry, and a third prisoner, Gina DeJesus, were finally rescued.

She told the local news that she had begun writing the lyrics to "Survivor" while still trapped in the basement where she had endured unthinkable horrors, and the site where she gave birth to a baby girl, now 8 years old and fathered by Castro.

Knight overcomes her demons in the video set mostly against the Cleveland skyline with empowering lyrics. She sings, "What doesn't kill me, makes me stronger / If I hold on, a little longer / And when my hope fades away, they keep the light on / My angels keep me awake, I'm a survivor."

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The song became a reality thanks to producer Aaron "D-Boyy" Dissell. She said, "We worked so hard on it and I think the outlook on the song is amazing."

She also admitted that music was a big part of her life long before her imprisonment. "Way before the house, music was always my thing," she confessed. "If I was being abused by somebody I loved and I didn't understand it, I would sit down and write my feelings about what was going on, how I felt about it."

This woman is all sorts of amazing. I can't imagine going through what she did and not needing to be committed somewhere, but she has taken it with grace, and given hope to so many other survivors out there who believe they're alone in the pain of their past. Just awesome.

Are you amazed by how much Michelle Knight has overcome in the last two years?


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