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Jackie Evancho

Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho

Jackie Evancho
(/iːˈvæŋkoʊ/ ee-VANG-koh;[3] born April 9,
2000[4]) is an American classical crossover
singer who gained wide recognition at an early
age. Since 2009, she has issued a platinum-
selling EP and eight albums, including three
Billboard 200 top 10 debuts.[5][6] She has also
been the subject of three solo PBS concert

Between 2008 and 2010, Evancho entered

talent competitions, sang the US national
Evancho in 2013
anthem at a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game,
issued her first album, Prelude to a Dream, Background information
and attracted interest on YouTube. In 2010, at Born April 9, 2000
the age of ten, she gained wide notice with her Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
2nd-place finish in the fifth season of U.S.[1]
America's Got Talent. With the 2010 holiday Genres Classical crossover · pop
release of her O Holy Night EP, Evancho
Occupation(s) Singer
became the best-selling debut artist of 2010,
the youngest top-10 debut artist in US history Labels JE Touring · Sony
and the youngest solo artist ever to go platinum Masterworks · Portrait[2]
in the US. In 2011, her first full-length album, Website (htt
Dream with Me debuted at No. 2 on the p://
Billboard 200 chart, and she became the
youngest top-5 debut artist in UK history. Billboard ranked Evancho the top Classical Albums
Artist for 2011. Later that year, Evancho released a full-length holiday album, Heavenly
Christmas, and became the youngest person ever to give a solo concert at Lincoln Center in New
York City as part of her first concert tour.
In 2012, Evancho released Songs from the Silver Screen, her third top-10 album debut. In 2013
she headlined benefit concerts at Carnegie Hall and elsewhere. She also appeared in the 2013
Robert Redford film The Company You Keep and modelled for Guess Kids clothing. Later album
releases include Awakening (2014), Someday at Christmas (2016), Two Hearts (2017) and The
Debut (2019, her eighth consecutive release to reach No. 1 on the US classical albums chart). In
2017, Evancho performed the US national anthem at the presidential inauguration of Donald
Trump and became the youngest person ever to perform a concert series at Café Carlyle. As of
2019, she continues to tour.

Family and early life
David Foster and Prelude to a Dream
America's Got Talent
O Holy Night
Dream with Me
Heavenly Christmas
Songs from the Silver Screen
Someday at Christmas and Two Hearts
The Debut
Other music performances and philanthropy
Acting and modeling
Reception and reputation
Earliest assessments
2014 and later
External links

Family and early life

Evancho was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Lisa and Michael Evancho.[7] Her father
operated a video security business until 2010.[8][9] She has an older transgender sister
Juliet,[10][11] a younger brother Zachary, and a younger sister Rachel.[12] She was raised in a
suburb of Pittsburgh[13] in a Catholic family.[9][14] Evancho began her education in the Pine-
Richland School District,[15] but at various times, after her career bagan, she received online
schooling.[16][17] She attended Pine-Richland High School,[18][19] graduating in 2018.[20]

After Evancho saw the film version of the musical The Phantom of the Opera as a young
girl,[16][21] she began singing the songs at home.[22][23] Her parents have stated that they did not
recognize that her voice was unusual until her first talent competition, which she entered just
before her 8th birthday.[24] In the competition, Kean Idol,[25] Evancho finished in second
place.[22][26] She began taking voice lessons[25][27][28] and singing at events,[29] churches and
nursing homes, mostly in Pennsylvania.[30][31] She also started a YouTube channel,[32] sang in
the Children's Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh (now Pittsburgh Youth Chorus) during its 2008–09
season,[26][33] and performed the title role in a 2009 school musical version of Little Red Riding

In 2009, Evancho competed in Las Vegas in the 15th annual USA World Showcase Talent
Competition, where she finished in second place.[13][31][34] At the 2009 Kean Idol contest, she
was again runner-up.[25][35][36] In other 2009 talent contests,[37] she won the Golden Ribby
Award – WonderworldTV[33] and the Talent Quest TV Show (both in Massachusetts).[38][39]
Also in 2009, she sang "Ave Maria" in composer and conductor Tim Janis's PBS television special
"Celebrate America"[36][32] and performed in other concerts and TV shows with Janis,[40] who
sought her out after seeing her on YouTube.[34][32] She made various singing appearances around
Pennsylvania in 2009 and 2010.[30][41]


David Foster and Prelude to a Dream

Evancho first caught record producer David Foster's attention in 2009.[25] She was selected for
the regional semifinals of his "Hitman Talent Search Contest",[26] finishing as runner-up,[42][43]
and in October 2009 she sang in the "David Foster & Friends" concert at the Prudential Center in
Newark, New Jersey.[34][44]
In November 2009, Evancho released her
independent debut album, Prelude to a
Dream.[45][46] The album featured mainly covers of
classical crossover songs such as "Con te partirò",
"The Prayer", "To Where You Are", "Concrete Angel"
and "Amazing Grace". It debuted on the Billboard
200 at No. 121, and at No. 2 on the Billboard Classical
Albums chart, in August 2010,[47] after Evancho's
first performance on America's Got Talent.[46]
Evancho's parents withdrew the album later that
month, citing Evancho's vocal progress since its

America's Got Talent Evancho in her concert with David

Foster, December 29, 2011
After two earlier unsuccessful auditions for the
show,[21][37][49] Evancho was accepted as a contestant
on the fifth season of NBC's America's Got Talent (AGT) by placing first in its 2010 YouTube
competition.[50] On August 10, 2010, Evancho performed the aria "O mio babbino caro" in the
show's quarter-final round.[51] The judges' reactions were effusive.[52][53] Afterwards,
commentators queried whether her performance had been lip-synched.[28][54] On the next
evening's live show, Evancho sang an impromptu voice exercise to demonstrate that the
broadcast was of her live voice.[43][54] In an interview, judge Howie Mandel addressed the issue: "
[W]hat people are ... really saying [is] that it's really too good to be true."[55]

Her semifinal performance was "Time to Say Goodbye".[56] She advanced to the Top 10 round,
where she performed "Pie Jesu" from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem and was voted into the
Final 4.[57][58] Pittsburgh leaders declared the following week "Jackie Evancho Week".[59] Her
final competition performance, on September 14, 2010, was of Gounod's "Ave Maria". The
following evening at the AGT season finale, Evancho sang "Time to Say Goodbye" together with
guest artist Sarah Brightman;[60] then Evancho was announced as the runner-up, finishing
second to singer Michael Grimm.[61] Many viewers and commentators felt that Evancho should
have won,[62] and Grimm expressed surprise at the outcome.[63][64] The show brought Evancho
wide exposure to American audiences, as up to 16 million viewers watched her performances.[52]
The finale show was AGT's highest-rated episode in three years.[65] She was a guest on The
Tonight Show a week after the finale, where she sang and gave her first late-night interview with
Jay Leno.[66] Evancho was featured and interviewed in the 2013 book Inside AGT: The Untold
Stories of America's Got Talent.[67]

Later in 2010, Evancho performed in 10 cities with the America's Got Talent: Live Tour,[68][69]
signed a record deal with SYCO music and Columbia Records,[65] and performed in Las Vegas
with David Foster.[70] From June 2010[54] until mid-2011, Evancho coached with Yvie Burnett,
who has worked with other singers appearing on AGT.[8][15][71]

O Holy Night
Evancho's first release on a major record label was a
Columbia Records EP titled O Holy Night. It was
released on November 16, 2010, and entered the
Billboard 200 at No. 2,[21] making Evancho the top-
selling debut artist for 2010 and the youngest solo
artist ever to debut in the top 10.[26][72] It also
launched at No. 1 on Billboard's Classical Albums
chart[72][73] and No. 2 on Billboard's Holiday Albums
Chart.[74] The album sold 239,000 copies in its first
week.[75] The EP was certified platinum by the
RIAA,[76] making Evancho the youngest solo artist
ever to go platinum in the US.[12][77]

Evancho promoted the album with TV interviews and

Evancho in February 2011 performances beginning with The Oprah Winfrey
Show in October 2010.[68] Her other appearances
included performances and interviews on The Today
Show,[78] The View,[79] Martha Stewart Living[80] and Fox & Friends.[81] Evancho performed in
the 2010 My Macy's Holiday Parade in Pittsburgh,[68][82] on NBC's Rockefeller Center
Christmas Tree lighting special,[83][84] at the 2010 National Christmas Tree lighting in
Washington, D.C.,[85][86] on The Tonight Show[87] and at the 27th annual Disney Parks
Christmas Day Parade, on ABC television.[88]

Billboard ranked O Holy Night at No. 1 on its 2011 year-end Classical Albums chart.[89] It also
ranked the album as the No. 15 best-selling album of 2011 in the US[90] and the No. 31 Canadian
Album of 2011.[91]
Dream with Me
Evancho's second full-length album, Dream with Me, produced by David Foster for Sony and
Syco Music, was released on June 14, 2011. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200
chart,[92] reached No. 1 on Billboard's Classical Albums Chart,[93][94] and was certified gold by
the RIAA.[95][96] With this album, Evancho became the youngest artist ever to debut in the UK in
the top 5.[97] The album includes popular songs ("Angel"), classical arias ("Ombra mai fu") and
original songs, including the title track, for which Evancho contributed to the lyrics.[98] It also
includes duets with Barbra Streisand ("Somewhere") and Susan Boyle ("The Prayer"). Target
released a deluxe edition with four bonus tracks.[99] Allmusic gave the album 3-1/2 stars out of
five,[100] and USA Today commented that Evancho's "sweet, unblemished vocal tone and slow,
careful vibrato hardly betray her young age. ... But Dream's predictable and often bombastic odes
to love and faith can undermine the tween's most appealing quality: innocence."[101]

Evancho promoted the album on television and at concerts.[102][103] Her first solo concert
television special for the 2011 PBS Great Performances series consisted of performances of
largely the same songs as the album.[104][105] The special, titled Dream With Me In Concert, was
the most broadcast program of the year on the PBS network.[106] It "became one of the most
viewed specials in the 38-year-history of the Great Performances series [and] raised record
amounts of money for PBS stations."[107] Evancho was the youngest person ever to have a special
on the series.[108] The concert was hosted by David Foster,[109] with guest Conrad Tao.[110] The
CD/DVD release[111] reached No. 1 on Billboard's Top Music Video chart.[93][112] Evancho
performed "Nessun dorma" as a guest artist at the June 2011 season finale of Britain's Got
Talent,[37][113] and at the September 2011 season finale of America's Got Talent.[114]

In July 2011, the singer began her first solo tour across the United States to promote the
album.[115] It consisted of 18 performances with orchestras,[110][116] including Evancho's New
York City concert at Avery Fisher Hall in November 2011,[110] when she was the youngest person
ever to sing a solo concert at Lincoln Center.[108][86] In December she headlined a concert with
David Foster and Kenny G in Las Vegas.[117] After a concert in Tokyo in January 2012 with the
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra,[118] the tour continued in the US[119][120] and concluded in June

On its 2011 year-end charts, Billboard ranked Dream With Me as the No. 2 best-selling classical
album for the year[89] and as the No. 45 US album of 2011.[90] Dream With Me was listed on the
Billboard 200 for 28 weeks[123] and the Classical Albums chart for 74 weeks.[124] Billboard
ranked Dream With Me In Concert the No. 21 music video album of 2011[125] and the No. 16
music video album of 2012.[126] Dream With Me In Concert was ranked on the Top
Music Video chart for 64 weeks.[127][128]

Heavenly Christmas
Evancho's 2011 Christmas album, Heavenly Christmas, was
produced by Rob Mounsey.[129][130] The selections include
traditional Christmas carols like "The First Noël" and "O Little
Town of Bethlehem", standards like "I'll Be Home for
Christmas" and "White Christmas", and newer songs, such as
"Walking in the Air" (from the 1982 animated film The
Snowman) and "Believe" (from the 2004 movie The Polar
Express).[130] The album was released on November 1, 2011,
exclusively by Walmart in the US[131] and elsewhere in the US
in October 2012.[132] Evancho in December 2011

The album entered the Billboard Classical Albums chart at No.

1, the Holiday Albums chart at No. 3, and peaked on the Billboard 200 at No. 11.[133] It peaked at
No. 9 on the Canadian Albums chart.[134] Allmusic's review gives the album three stars,
commenting: "Evancho's vocals are impressive as always, and the arrangements are mostly
tasteful, with only occasional moments of bombast".[135] The Salt Lake City Tribune rated the
album "A-".[136] Christopher John Farley of The Wall Street Journal wrote that Evancho "sounds
like she’s channeling a past life, a future self, or possibly an actual angel."[137]

Evancho's television appearances to promote the album included The View,[138] The Talk,[139]
and The Tonight Show.[140] She gave concerts to promote the album in December 2011 in
Buffalo, New York; Atlantic City, New Jersey;[141][142] and Pittsburgh.[143] On its 2011 year-end
charts, Billboard ranked Heavenly Christmas as the No. 4 best-selling Classical Album of the
year.[89] It ranked the album No. 41 on the 2012 year-end Canadian Albums chart.[144]

Songs from the Silver Screen

Evancho's fourth full-length album, Songs from the Silver Screen, was released on October 2,
2012.[145] The album is composed of songs used in popular films, arranged by Bill Ross, including
the whimsical ("Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory), Disney songs
("Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from The Lion King and "I See the Light" from Tangled),
anthems ("My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic, featuring Joshua Bell, violin) and romantic
standards ("Some Enchanted Evening" from South
Pacific). Other collaborations on the album are "The
Summer Knows" from Summer of 42, featuring Chris
Botti, trumpet, and "Come What May" from Moulin
Rouge!, featuring The Canadian Tenors. An Allmusic
review awarded the album 3-1/2 stars out of five.[146]

A 2012 PBS Great Performances special called Jackie

Evancho with conductor John Mario Evancho: Music of the Movies features nearly the
Di Costanzo in August 2012 same selections as the album.[147][148] Evancho began
a 42-stop tour to promote the album in August 2012
in Japan with the Tokyo Philharmonic
Orchestra.[149][150] The first leg of the tour included concerts in two dozen North American
cities[132] through June 2013.[151] Evancho also performed and was interviewed on television
shows on NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox and CNN in late 2012.[152][153] A second leg stretched from late
2013[154][155] to August 2014.[156]

The album debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200,[157] No. 1 on the Classical Albums chart[158]
and No. 22 on the Canadian Albums chart.[159] The ranking made the 12-year-old the second
artist who ever "amassed three top 10 albums [on the Billboard 200] at such a young age."[160]
The album remained on the Billboard 200 for 13 weeks and appeared on the Billboard Classical
Albums chart in 72 weeks.[161] Songs from the Silver Screen was the No. 4 Classical Album of
2013[162] and the No. 36 Classical Album of 2014.[163]

Evancho released her fifth full-length album, Awakening, on September 23, 2014, on Sony
Masterworks' Portrait Records label.[164] Evancho promoted the album with a concert tour that
began in November 2014 and continued into 2016, and a third PBS special.[165] The album
consists of classical pieces like Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise" and the art song "Dormi Jesu"; classical
crossover covers of more contemporary pieces like U2's "With or Without You", Lara Fabian's "Je
t'aime" and Within Temptation's "Memories"; and several original songs.[166] Walmart's deluxe
edition included six bonus holiday songs.[167] Evancho released songs from the album including
covers of "The Rains of Castamere" from Game of Thrones,[168][169] "Think of Me" from The
Phantom of the Opera,[170] Ennio Morricone's "Your Love"[171] and the Vavilov version of "Ave
Evancho promoted the album in a return to America's Got
Talent as a guest artist at Radio City Music Hall during the
show's ninth season.[174] She also appeared on NBC's Today
Show,[175] The Queen Latifah Show,[176] the Oprah Winfrey
Network[177] and the Dr. Phil show.[178] Evancho's Awakening
tour began in November 2014[179] with stops across the US
and one concert in each of Costa Rica and Canada.[180]
Evancho's third PBS special, Awakening: Live in Concert
(2014), filmed at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania with
Cheyenne Jackson co-hosting, includes all of the songs from
Awakening, as well as "My Immortal", "Say Something", as a
duet with Jackson, and "O Mio Babbino Caro".[165][181] She
continued to tour in 2016–2017.[182]

Awakening debuted at No. 17 on the Billboard 200 chart[183]

Evancho in 2014 promoting and No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Albums chart.[184] This
Awakening at the WSJ Cafe was Evancho's fifth consecutive release at No. 1 on the
Billboard Classical Albums chart.[185] Markos Papadatos of
Digital Journal gave Evancho's album an A rating, calling it
"stunning from start to finish thanks to her warm classical vocals." He called her renditions of the
songs "ethereal", "crystalline" and "haunting".[186] On its year-end charts, Billboard ranked
Awakening as the No. 11 best-selling Classical Album of 2014[163] the No. 3 best-selling Classical
Album of 2015[187] and the No. 31 best-selling classical album of 2016.[188] The album remained
on the Billboard Classical Albums chart for a consecutive 72 weeks.[189]

Someday at Christmas and Two Hearts

Evancho released her sixth full-length album and third holiday collection, Someday at
Christmas, on October 28, 2016, on the Sony Masterworks' Portrait label. The album consists of
nine previously released tracks, including collaborations with Plácido Domingo, Peter Hollens
and Vittorio Grigolo, and three new tracks: Stevie Wonder's anti-war song "Someday at
Christmas"[190] and two versions of "The Little Drummer Boy", one with Il Volo.[191] The new
tracks were produced by Dina Fanai and Heather Holley.[192] with arrangements by Robert
Kinkel, formerly of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.[193] The album peaked at No. 93, on the
Billboard 200,[194] No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Albums chart (Evancho's sixth consecutive
release to do so)[195] and No. 3 on the Billboard Holiday Albums chart.[196] It was the No. 27
best-selling classical album of 2016.[188] A review in Cedar Rapids, Iowa's The Gazette called the
album "a shimmering showcase for [Evancho's] incredible vocal range and interests. ... [The]
duets in this project display her talents for harmonies, as well as tender melodies."[197]

Evancho promoted the album by appearing on the Fall 2016 cover of, and in an interview, for
Inspiring Lives Magazine.[198] She included songs from the album in her 2016 holiday
concerts[199] and performed on NBC's Today Show,[200] Fox's Good Day Chicago,[201] at the
America's Got Talent Holiday Spectacular[202] and the Harry show.[203]

She released her seventh full-length album, Two Hearts, on March 31, 2017, on Sony's Portrait
label.[204] It consists of an "album of classical crossover songs – with an EP attached of [five] pop
tunes", four of which she co-wrote.[205] The release was Evancho's first to include her own
songwriting (other than contributions that she made in 2010 to the lyrics of the title song of
Dream With Me). Fanai and Holley returned as producers[193] and co-writers of the four songs
on the EP with Evancho.[206]

Evancho began to promote the album near the end of her 2016–2017 Live in Concert Tour.[207]
Television promotions included the Today Show,[208] NBC's New York Live and ABC's The
View.[209] In April 2017, Evancho gave ten performances at Café Carlyle in New York City,[210]
where she was the youngest artist ever to ever perform at the venue.[211] The same month, she
released a music video of a song from the album, "Pedestal".[212] In May 2017, Evancho began a
tour to promote Two Hearts.[213] The album debuted at No. 100 on the Billboard 200,[214] and
No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Albums chart, Evancho's seventh consecutive release to reach the
top of that chart.[185][215] The Two Hearts tour continued throughout 2018 and into early
2019.[216] In February 2019, Evancho competed on America's Got Talent: The Champions but
did not advance to the final.[217] She also performed on the season's finale show.[218]

The Debut
On April 12, 2019, Evancho released her eighth studio album, The Debut, focusing on songs from
21st century Broadway musicals and musical films.[219] The album was produced by Michael
Mangini.[220] Evancho stated in 2019 that she has resumed working with a vocal coach.[221]

Evancho began a U. S. tour in April 2019 to promote The Debut, beginning with two nights at
Feinstein's/54 Below in New York.[222] She has also been promoting the album on various media,
including Yahoo! Finance and Good Morning America.[223] Evancho is performing three
concerts with Michael Feinstein at his eponymous club in New York in August.[224]
The album is Evancho's eighth consecutive release on the Billboard Classical Albums chart to
reach No. 1.[185][215][225]

Other music performances and philanthropy

2009 to 2012
Evancho performed the American national anthem at the 2009 memorial ceremony for the
victims of United Flight 93,[7][27] the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team's 2010 home opener,[30]
and the 2011 NHL Winter Classic.[26][226] In 2011, she performed Nella Fantasia at the Beverly
Hills Chefs for Seals event to support ending the annual Canadian seal hunt[227] and became an
ambassador for a Humane Society of the United States program that encourages children to help
protect animals.[228] In February 2011, she performed her first full-length concert as a headliner,
in Houston, Texas, with the Houston Chamber Choir.[229] She next sang at the 2011 Festival of
the Arts Boca, along with young stars of the Metropolitan Opera.[230][231] Evancho also sang at
Muhammad Ali's 2011 "Celebrity Fight Night" charity event to battle Parkinson's Disease, in
Phoenix, Arizona.[232][233] She performed the introduction to "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on
Oprah's farewell special broadcast in May 2011.[234][235]

Evancho has recorded with Tony Bennett[236] and David

Foster, also appearing with the latter in Japan.[237][238] She
returned to Japan in January 2012 to participate in the
Bunkamura Orchard Concert Hall reopening program
"Musical meets Symphony",[239] and to give her own concert
there with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.[118] While
there, she sang for the Imperial family.[26][240] In February
2012, Evancho sang at the US National Prayer
Breakfast.[241][242] In April, Evancho appeared on Dancing
with the Stars, singing "Ave Maria" and "Dark Waltz"[243] to
accompany two dance teams.[244] She performed as a guest
star on the 2012 season finale of Canada's Got Talent.[245] In
June, that year, she sang in Russia at the opening ceremonies
Evancho in concert in June
of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, together
with Dmitry Hvorostovsky and Sumi Jo.[246]
Evancho sang in the 2012 So The World May Hear Gala to benefit the Starkey Hearing
Foundation, which supplies hearing aids to people in need.[247][248] In August, she sang in
Hiroshima, Japan, in the "Peace for World" concert[249] and performed together with Tony
Bennett at the Ironstone Amphitheatre in Murphys, California.[250][251] In October, she
performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the opening of Klyde Warren Park in Dallas,
Texas.[252][253] Evancho partnered with WhyHunger and Sephora to offer a bath product, named
for her song "To Believe", to benefit WhyHunger's efforts to end world hunger.[254][255]

2013 to 2015
Evancho joined over 200 Cirque du Soleil performers at Bellagio in Las Vegas in the 2013 event
"One Night for One Drop on World Water Day", to benefit the One Drop Foundation's worldwide
clean water access and education programs. Robin Leach wrote: "12-year-old superstar singer
Jackie [Evancho] stole the night with her "Bridge Over Troubled Water" sung barefoot in the
water of the giant stage. ... She also dominated the fantastic finale flying in as an angel [lowered]
on a harness from the theater rooftop."[256][257] In April 2013, she sang in concert in Taiwan with
José Carreras.[258][259] She performed another concert with Tony Bennett in May, in Alpharetta,
Georgia, with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.[260][261] In the 2013 broadcast of A Capitol
Fourth, Evancho sang the national anthem and '"Can You Feel the Love Tonight".[262]

Evancho headlined a benefit concert, called Jackie Evancho & Friends: We are Hope, at the LDS
Conference Center in Salt Lake City in late 2013, for the Muzart World Foundation's programs to
encourage the teaching of music and art in US public schools.[263] She sang the US national
anthem on Thanksgiving Day, at the Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions football game,
broadcast on Fox.[264] She then headlined a Christmas-themed benefit concert at Carnegie Hall
produced by her old mentor, Tim Janis, in December.[155][265]

In early 2014, Evancho was the performer for Susan G. Komen's Perfect Pink Party in Palm
Beach, Florida, to benefit breast cancer research.[266][267] She then headlined a concert with the
San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, to
benefit the Loma Linda University Children's Hospital.[268] She appeared in the 2014 gala to
benefit Chicago's WTTW television and WFMT radio stations[269][270] and in the 2014 National
Memorial Day Concert, broadcast by PBS.[271][272] Evancho performed at the Songwriters Hall of
Fame 2014 awards dinner singing "Over the Rainbow".[273] In September 2014, she performed at
a David Foster Foundation concert to benefit families with children who need a major organ
transplant.[274][275] The same month, Evancho released a digital download of "Go Time", a song
promoting Justice clothing stores.[276][277] In November, she sang a "touching rendition" of John
Lennon's song "Imagine" at the United Nations to introduce the UNICEF #Imagine program.[278]
Also in 2014, Evancho recorded the Leonard Cohen
song "Hallelujah" with Peter Hollens for his self-titled
album, and the two released a video for the song. A
reviewer for Mashable called it "a gift from the a
cappella gods".[279]

In 2015, Evancho made a video to support the

Humane Society's fight against seal hunting.[280] She
also joined Andrea Bocelli as a guest in his concert in
Thailand. A review in The Nation commented: "If
there's anything on Earth close to the sound of an
Evancho in concert, April 2014
angel, it must be the heavenly voice of Jackie
Evancho".[281] In August, she participated in a "David
Foster and Friends" concert in Malaysia[282] and released a video, covering Ed Sheeran's "All of
the Stars", that tells a story supporting acceptance of LGBT people.[283][284] In September,
Evancho participated in another benefit, with Foster and Bocelli in Forte dei Marmi, Italy, for the
Celebrity Fight Night Foundation.[285] The same month, she performed at the World Meeting of
Families in Philadelphia as part of the celebration of Pope Francis's visit to that city.[13][286] In
October 2015, Evancho performed at a benefit for the Global Lyme Alliance in New York
City.[287] In December, she sang the US national anthem at the Pittsburgh Steelers game against
the Indianapolis Colts[288] and released the first single on her own JE Touring label, a cover of
Taylor Swift's "Safe & Sound",[289] together with a video.[290]

2016 to present
In January 2016, Evancho appeared at the Mending Broken Hearts With Hope luncheon to
benefit The Shelter for Abused Women & Children in Naples, Florida.[291] She then released a
single and video covering of Sam Smith's "Writing's on the Wall"[292] and another single and
video covering, Skylar Grey's "Coming Home (Part II)".[293] In April, Evancho sang the national
anthem at the Pittsburgh Pirates' 2016 opening home game.[294] She also released an original
pop song by Peter Zizzo, "Apocalypse". Billboard wrote that she "has found a brand-new sound.
The 16-year-old singer ... is taking a step outside the classical world that made her famous"; but
Evancho told Billboard: "I'm not going to get rid of my classical voice, because that's my roots,
that's what I love the most."[295] A reviewer for The New Yorker, however, found the track
"cloying", writing that Evancho "sounds unremarkable outside her genre."[296] She also released
a video of the song[297] and performed it on the Today show and Live! with Kelly and
Evancho provided the entertainment at the 2016 Project Sunshine benefit gala[299] and returned
to Washington, DC, to participate in the 2016 broadcast and live performance of A Capitol
Fourth.[300] She headlined a concert at Festa Italiana at the BMO Harris Pavilion in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, later in July 2016.[301] In September, Evancho sang at the David Foster Foundation's
2016 fundraiser at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to help pay for pediatric
organ transplants and support patients' families.[302] She also performed at the Memphis Music
Hall of Fame 2016 induction ceremony in November 2016.[303] She is set to participate in AGT's
first Christmas special.[304]

Evancho sang the US national anthem at the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump in
January 2017.[305] She has stated that her decision to perform was apolitical,[12][306] but it drew
considerable comment on social media and in the press,[11][296] "from both sides of the political
spectrum".[307] On the same day, she released a recording titled Together We Stand, containing
three songs: "The Star-Spangled Banner", "America the Beautiful" and "God Bless America".
Evancho stated that profits from the release would go to LGBT "charities in support of my sister
Juliet."[308] The three songs charted at No. 2, 4 and 5, respectively, on Billboard's Classical
Digital Song sales chart.[309] Juliet, who is transgender, has advocated for a US federal law to
allow transgender students to use bathrooms and other public school facilities designated for the
gender with which they identify.[310] Evancho led a TV special in August 2017, on the TLC
television network, called "Growing Up Evancho", focusing on the Evanchos' family life and
efforts to secure transgender rights.[311]

Evancho performed theme song, "Set Me Free", composed by Tyler Bates,[312] for a large-scale
2017 equestrian musical touring extravaganza in China based on the Trojan War, titled
"Troy".[313] In 2018, Evancho performed at the annual "Romance of the Mission" benefit gala to
help preservation of the Mission San Juan Capistrano in California and to support its cultural
and educational programming.[314] In 2019, she presented a concert at the August Wilson Center
in Pittsburgh to benefit The Brave Heart Foundation, which supports homeless LGBTQ young
adults.[315] The same year she headlined a benefit, accompanied by Pacific Symphony, as part of
the dedication festivities of Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, California.[316]

Acting and modeling

Evancho performed as a young child in several musicals,[30][93][317] including Little Red Riding
Hood, in which she played the title role.[15] She also appeared as an extra in the 2010 film She's
Out of My League.[318] Her first featured television appearance was in the 2011 episode "Back to
Max", in the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place, where she sang "America the
Beautiful" to work off school detention.[93][319]
Evancho appeared in the feature film The Company You Keep, a 2013 political
thriller.[320][321][322] She played Isabel, the eleven-year-old daughter of a widowed attorney
turned fugitive, played by Robert Redford, who also directed the film.[323] Jon Weisman wrote
that Evancho "showed she's more than a singing prodigy with her earnest sweetness".[324]

Evancho modelled for GUESS Kids in 2012[325][326] and for Justice Girls Clothing in 2014,[327]
and she occasionally has appeared in other product advertisements[328] and public service

Reception and reputation

Earliest assessments
Christopher Hahn, General Director of the Pittsburgh Opera,
observed: "It's very unusual for a young child to have a voice
that sounded so rich and developed."[44] "I thought she was
just lovely, sweetly compelling".[330][48] Hahn particularly
praised Evancho's phrasing.[331] Composer Tim Janis
commented that Evancho "takes a classical piece and makes it
friendly and accessible. ... Her voice is so pure and natural,
there's no flaw in it. People say 'I can hear her potential
coming,' but no, it's here, it's now."[28][48] Claudia Benack,

Evancho at the Grove Assistant Professor of musical theatre at Carnegie Mellon

Christmas Tree lighting, University, said that Evancho "has an unusually adult feel for
November 2011 the repertoire. ... She sings to the important part of the phrase,
and then backs off. That's instinctual. ... She takes breaths
sometimes where an adult would not, but that's just because
she's young and little. ... She sings from the healthy part of her voice."[48] Jia Tolentino of The
New Yorker later called Evancho's YouTube audition for AGT "supernaturally blissful", and
commented that she delivered "O mio babbino caro" with "graceful phrasing, a controlled, slow
vibrato, and a tone that resonates impersonally, like a bell."[296] Critic Tim Page, however, wrote
that Evancho "has many years of work ahead of her before she becomes any sort of

Andrew Druckenbrod, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reviewing Evancho's 2011 Pittsburgh

Opera concert, stated that "what was most impressive ... was how musical she was ... her focus on
phrasing and an understanding of the emotion in the ... musical numbers."[116] The review also
praised "her reverberant chest voice [and] her head voice, hitting the highest register with
intonation and purity" and echoed Janis: "That she continues to be greeted with skepticism is
unfair. ... Yes, the concert showed that Jackie is a young girl, yet one with artistry to be
appreciated now without debating about what her future might hold."[116] Antony Walker,
Pittsburgh Opera's music director, said: "she has a very sincere way of singing. ... Her voice has a
lovely quality to it. It's very simple singing but it comes from the heart. You rarely hear someone
so young with such a beautiful voice".[333] Nekesa Mumbi Moody, writing for Associated Press,
commented that, although "there is a youthful quality in Jackie's voice, it's hardly childlike: It's a
soprano that deftly traverses the musical scales".[24] Mark Kanny, in the Pittsburgh Tribune-
Review, called her voice "beautifully in tune and well supported. ... Evancho's sincerity of delivery
was affecting".[334]

Bob Boilen of NPR wrote, "I simply couldn't believe my eyes and ears. Seeing Jackie Evancho
sing for the first time is nearly beyond belief." He called her voice "beyond-beautiful" when she
performed "for a stunned audience at the NPR Music offices."[335] A review of her 2011 Sun
Valley concert stated that "Evancho transported [her audience] with pure, joyous, unaffected
notes".[336] Marcia Adair of the Los Angeles Times commented, in reviewing Dream With Me:
[W]hat makes us feel like she will survive the journey from child star to adult performer is her
magnificent sense of pitch, her natural ability to shape phrases and the ease with which she
performs."[337] Jon Caramanica, in The New York Times, reviewed her Avery Fisher Hall concert:
"In the first half of the show Ms. Evancho often receded, but toward the end of the night she
found purpose, delivering 'A Time for Us' with punch, and closing out Sarah McLachlan’s 'Angel'
with what felt like real yearning".[338] The Wall Street Journal called Evancho's 2011
performance of the song "Angel" on the Tonight Show "moving".[339]

A San Francisco Chronicle review of a 2012 concert judged her singing "an impressive thing to
witness, and Evancho's technical precision and enormous range only serve to make it seem less
fluky", but felt that "every selection sounded alike".[120] A reviewer for The Denver Post wrote
that Evancho "displayed her famous combo of poise and articulation".[340] A Naples Daily News
review stated: "Her poise. Her control. Her range. ... Her voice and her performance exhausted all
of the superlatives in the dictionary."[341] In 2013, an Atlanta reviewer commented: "Her pure
and well-formed vowel sounds touched the hearts of everyone at the concert."[342] A review in
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution called Evancho "awesomely talented" and "technically
flawless".[261] The Buffalo News reviewer wrote: "there is a poignancy to the sound of this mature
voice coming out of this child. Her high notes are a joy."[151]

2014 and later

In 2014, Chris Payne commented for Billboard magazine:
"Evancho’s stratospheric vocals are of course impressive for
someone her age, though pipes like this are incredible for just
about anyone."[171] in 2015, the reviewer for Digital Journal
wrote: "The control she displays over her voice is tremendous,
and she tackles the high notes ... effortlessly, showcasing her
angelic vocals and piercing pipes."[173][186] Robin Leach wrote
of Evancho's 2015 concert in Las Vegas: "She’s still got the
voice of an angel. It’s remarkable, and her power is growing as
she grows up. [She] had the audience on its feet with wild
applause at the end of every song".[343] Some reviewers,
beginning in 2015, noticed a lack of connection with the text; a
review in The Washington Post called her voice a "bell-like
instrument, devoid of any messy human emotions [with] an
ethereally floating tone. ... But imagine what Evancho can
achieve once she stops obsessing over just sounding pretty,
Evancho in January 2013
and actually listens to the words she’s singing."[344] Reviewing
one of Evancho's 2016 concerts, Steve Barnes similarly wrote
for the Times Union that her voice is "an instrument of pristine beauty. It peals with the purity of
bells and lofts tones that shimmer with celestial iridescence" but that her performance lacks "an
apparent interpretive style or emotional connection to the material".[345]

A chapter in the 2016 book, Voicing Girlhood in Popular Music: Performance, Authority,
Authenticity, by Dana Gorzelany-Mostak, Assistant Professor of Music at Georgia College, is
devoted to analyzing Evancho's career and influence. Gorzelany-Mostak writes:

Despite her commercial success, a vocal cadre of critics, journalists, and bloggers
have not always been kind to Jackie Evancho. Classical crossover’s excessive
sentimentality and reliance on [spectacle] often provoke the disdain of critics from
the worlds of both popular music and opera, but perhaps the vitriol has just as
much to do with the singer’s age and gender. Young girls frequently become the
scrutinized objects of the public’s gaze. ... [T]he cluster of behaviors customarily
defined as "girlish" are frequently devalued, mocked, and marginalized. ...
Throughout history prodigies have been received in a similar manner, as the public
would rather dismiss or devalue their accomplishments than accept evidence of
extraordinariness. ... With her embodiment of both sheltered innocence ... and
hyperability ... [Evancho] expands the fan base for classical crossover, dethrones
elitist conceptions of opera, challenges conventions of the classical canon, and
forges a new path for the next cohort of girl performers who have the courage to
follow in her footsteps.[346]

Will Friedwald wrote of Evancho's 2017 concert series at Café Carlyle, that "this superhuman
voice is housed in the person of someone relatively inexperienced in terms of relating to an
audience and especially in a New York nightclub. (It will be years, if ever, before she can connect
with a crowd like, for instance, Marilyn Maye.) ... She covers a lot of bases musically. ... Her
rendition of "Music of the Night" is especially moving. ... Hearing Jackie Evancho in such an
intimate space is a rare chance to experience perfection at close proximity."[347] Linda Amiel
Burns praised Evancho's voice but thought that some of the song choices were odd, and that
sometimes "it was difficult to understand the lyrics". She felt that Evancho sounded more
comfortable in her classical selections, but that pop songs require "a different vocal technique
with more emphasis on the lyrics ... she has to watch her phrasing ... breathe in the right places,
and find the deeper meaning and longing that the song expresses."[348]

Evancho appeared on the National League of Junior Cotillions' list of "Ten Best-Mannered People
of 2011" for "demonstrating humility and politeness as a young performer."[349][350] She was
honored in 2012 by the Senator John Heinz History Center at its 20th Annual History Makers
Award Dinner as one of five "distinguished Pittsburghers ... recognized for their exceptional
contributions to the history of Western Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world".[351][352]
Evancho was the youngest person ever to be so honored.[352] The Kean Quest Talent Search,
since 2011, has given an annual "Jackie Evancho Award" to a contestant who "exemplifies
courage and motivation and pushes through to follow their dreams."[353] In both 2011 and 2012,
Billboard magazine named Evancho to its list of "21 Under 21: Music's Hottest Minors".[354] In
2017, Evancho was named to the "2018" Forbes 30 Under 30 list of musicians.[355]

Year Title Notes
2009 Prelude to a Dream Independent studio album
2010 O Holy Night EP
Dream with Me Studio album

2011 Dream with Me in Concert CD/DVD, Blu-ray[356] and DVD-only version

Heavenly Christmas Studio album
Songs from the Silver
Studio album
Jackie Evancho: Music of the DVD (part of the Songs from the Silver Screen deluxe
Movies set at Target)
Awakening Studio album
2014 DVD initially a PBS pledge gift; available elsewhere in
Awakening: Live in Concert
2016 Someday at Christmas Studio album
2017 Two Hearts Studio album
2019 The Debut Independent studio album

Billboard ranked Evancho the No. 1 Classical Albums Artist of 2011,[358] as she released three of
the top four albums on the Billboard 2011 year-end Classical Albums chart.[89] She was the No.
10 Billboard 200 Artist of 2011,[359] and the No. 3 Internet Albums Artist.[360] Billboard ranked
Evancho the No. 2 Classical Albums Artist of 2012,[361] as three of her albums ranked in the top
seven albums on the Billboard 2012 year-end Classical Albums chart.[362] She was the No. 37
Billboard 200 Artist of 2012.[363]

Billboard ranked Evancho the No. 5 Classical Albums Artist of 2013,[364] the No. 7 Classical
Albums Artist of 2014[365] and the No. 4 Classical Albums artist of 2015,[366] as Awakening was
the No. 3 classical album of 2015.[367] Evancho was ranked the No. 12 Classical Albums Artist of
2016,[368] as her 2016 holiday album, Someday at Christmas, was the No. 27 best-selling
classical album of 2016, and Awakening was the No. 31 best-selling classical album of 2016.[188]
Evancho's 2017 and 2019 albums, Two Hearts and The Debut, were her seventh and eighth
consecutive releases to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Albums chart.[185][215][225]

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External links
Official website (
Jackie Evancho ( on IMDb
Podcast interview of Evancho with The Expressionist Magazine (
t/), October 2009
"Super Humans: Wonder Girl Jackie Evancho", ABC 20/20 report (
20/video/evancho-jackie-wonder-girl-super-humans-2020-14140078), July 2011
"Ombra Mai Fu" (
ert), NPR Tiny Desk Concert, May 2011

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