It was Jackie Evancho’s love of the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” that stirred the passion within her to begin singing and posting videos to YouTube. Not long after gaining a degree of notoriety for those videos, Jackie decided to submit her rendition of “Panis Angelicus” to a special YouTube episode during the 5th season of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” variety show. The response was overwhelming and earned her the opportunity to perform in front of the judges on live television. Jackie was 10 years old. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Jackie’s first performance on America’s Got Talent left audiences and judges astonished that such a perfect, beautiful, soprano voice could come from a 10-year-old girl. During her next appearance in the competition, judges asked Jackie to improvise a tune which she performed flawlessly. It wasn’t just her musical gift and her age that floored the “America’s Got Talent” audience, but Jackie’s presence, poise and charm that truly made them take notice. One of the show’s judges, Piers Morgan, explained, “You’ve got the whole package.”
In the short time since gaining fame, Jackie’s unique, gorgeous, soprano voice has won her millions of fans and her recordings have dominated the music and DVD charts.
The talented 10-year-old girl who stole America’s hearts is now 16 years old with a driver’s license. 2016 saw the release of new music by Jackie. She released three covers: “Writings On the Wall”, “Safe and Sound” “Coming Home,” and one new original song written especially for her, “Apocalypse.” Some have even compared the sound and voice of the single to that of Adele’s.
Jackie’s last studio release was in July of 2014. “Awakening” was her third studio album and like her other albums before, “Awakening” has entered the Billboard Classical Chart at number one. She toured to promote the album through 2015, and “Awakening” ended 2015 at the number 3 spot on Billboards Year End Classical Chart and Jackie was number 5 on Billboards classical album artists chart. Just Jared Jr. included Jackie on their Top 25 music acts of 2015. And in 2015, Jackie released her rendition of “Safe and Sound” from her favorite film, The Hunger Games to rave reviews. Also, in 2015, Jackie performed at her highest profile event to date: a performance for the Pope, when he visited the US back in November. Her rendition of “When you Wish upon a Star” is a YouTube highlight.
“SHE IS A PRODIGY; THEY BREAK THE RULES BY DEFINITION. [HER] VOICE MESMERIZES. SHE HAS BECOME ONE OF THE PERFORMERS WHO HAVE BEEN DEFINING THE ‘CROSSOVER CLASSIC’ CATEGORY OF SINGERS – THOSE WHO ARE EQUALLY COMFORTABLE WITH PUCCINI OR POP.” -ANDREW DUCKENBROD, PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE