Jackie Evancho
Jackie Evancho
Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho is an American child singer described as a classical crossover artist. Between 2008 and 2010, she entered several talent competitions; made singing appearances, mostly in Pennsylvania; issued an independent album, Prelude to a Dream; and attracted interest on YouTube. Later in 2010, at the age of 10, she gained wider popularity with her performances in the fifth season of the America's Got Talent competition, finishing in second place.
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As singer preps for inauguration, transgender sister preps for gender confirmation surgery
ABC News - 8 days
As Jackie Evancho prepares to perform, her 18-year-old transgender sister Juliet Evancho is also preparing for a life-changing event
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Nearly 31 Million Viewers Watched Donald Trump’s Inauguration
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Inauguration gig boosts Jackie Evancho's concert ticket sales
LATimes - about 1 month
For Jackie Evancho, the 16-year-old singer who endured a wave of criticism after agreeing to sing the national anthem at Donald Trump’s inauguration, there is a bright side: a bump in concert ticket sales. Prior to news of Evancho’s presidential performance, the singer’s Feb. 12 concert at the...
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Jackie Evancho on Trump inauguration gig: It's 'an honor to sing for my country'
Fox News - about 1 month
Jackie Evancho is nervous but excited with one day left before her big performance at President-elect Trump's inauguration.
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These Trans People Want Jackie Evancho To Dump Trump Inauguration
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Jackie Evancho may be “excited” to perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, but one group is hoping that the 16-year-old classical crossover singer will change her mind.  Six transgender people from across the country joined forces to create the above video, “Dear Jackie...,” with the aim of getting “America’s Got Talent” veteran to reconsider her Jan. 20 performance. In recent weeks, media outlets have been quick to point out that Evancho’s sister, Juliet, identifies as transgender and is one of three trans students suing a Pennsylvania school district over their right to use restrooms that best correspond with their gender identity. In the weeks since Evancho committed to the performance, she’s faced a barrage of criticism on social media for her apparent support of Trump, particularly given the fact that her sister is trans. (Never mind that she’s not yet legally able to vote.) But as the video’s participants explain, Evancho would be in a uniq ...
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R. Kelly Confirms He's Not Performing At Inauguration With Odd Photo
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Looks like R. Kelly was pissed. The R&B singer responsible for classics like the “I Believe I Can Fly,” “Ignition (Remix)” and the rap opera “Trapped in the Closet” recently found himself embroiled in a debate over whether or not he’d be performing at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. Rumors started swirling on Tuesday evening, when a comedian tweeted that Kelly would be performing. BREAKING: R. Kelly confirmed to perform at inauguration. — Jonathan Torrens (@TorrensJonathan) January 11, 2017 Nipping that in the bud, Kelly responded to the rumors with the following tweet on Thursday evening: End. Of. Story. pic.twitter.com/jVjgpbMYr3 — R. Kelly (@rkelly) January 13, 2017 If it’s unclear as to why all of this is, well, fascinating, let’s break it down. Earlier this week, BuzzFeed published an unverified intelligence report indicating Russia has compromising information on Trump. Part of that information included alleg ...
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Juliet and Jackie Evancho, Bonding as Targets in a Trump Media Frenzy
New York Times - about 1 month
Jackie, 16, who will sing the national anthem at the presidential inauguration, and her transgender sister, Juliet, 18, lend each other support.
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Bill O'Reilly Blames 'Reverse McCarthyism' For Celebs Shunning Donald Trump's Inauguration
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly says the A-list is afraid of a blacklist if they perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration. And he says it’s all down to what he calls “reverse McCarthyism.”  On “The O’Reilly Factor” Tuesday, the conservative host evoked the name of Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-Wis.), who in the 1950s fueled paranoia that liberal people, in particular Hollywood types, were communists out to subvert the United States. That led to a show business blacklist “where people were not hired because McCarthy smeared them,” O’Reilly said. Fast forward to the upcoming inauguration, which at the moment features such low-wattage acts as Jackie Evancho from “America’s Got Talent” and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. (A fellow mormon launched a petition imploring them not to appear at the Jan. 20 event and one choir member resigned in protest against the president-elect.) “The harsh truth is that there is reverse McCarthyism going on in the entertainment industry,” O’Reilly sai ...
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Mormon Tabernacle Choir member resigns rather than sing for Trump
Yahoo News - about 2 months
(Reuters) - A member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has resigned over its plan to sing at the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, and more than 22,000 people have signed a petition opposing the choir's participation. Jan Chamberlin resigned after five years with the choir, which originates from Utah, over the Jan. 20 ceremony, saying it "will appear that (the) Choir is endorsing tyranny and fascism by singing for this man." With three weeks to go before Trump is sworn in, teen classical singer Jackie Evancho is the only celebrity to have unequivocally embraced her role in an inauguration ceremony marked by soul-searching by larger invited groups, and fan backlash. The petition says the participation of the Tabernacle Choir in Trump's inauguration does not reflect the Church's values and would harm its worldwide image.
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Beach Boys Confirm They're Considering Playing Trump's Inauguration
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Over the past few weeks, Donald Trump has struggled to book performers for his presidential inauguration, with just about every major name in pop culture turning him down. As of now, the president-elect essentially only has reality TV star Jackie Evancho, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and The Rockettes ― who allegedly want to boycott as well, but are currently barred by their union from doing so. Trump’s luck might be changing slightly though, because The Beach Boys haven’t flat-out refused him yet and are still actively considering his offer. “The Beach Boys have been asked to perform as part of the inauguration festivities,” a Beach Boys spokesperson told People. “But no decision has been made at this point as to how or whether they will participate. We will let you know as soon as a decision is final.” This, of course, is the Mike Love–led Beach Boys that no longer includes fellow original members such as Al Jardine or Brian Wilson.  Of Love, Rolling Stone wrote in a ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jackie Evancho
  • 2016
    Evancho plans to release her sixth full-length studio album, Someday at Christmas, on October 28, 2016 on the Sony Masterworks' Portrait label.
    More Details Hide Details The holiday album consists of nine previously released tracks, including collaborations with Plácido Domingo, Peter Hollens and Vittorio Grigolo, and three new tracks, "Someday at Christmas" and two versions of "Little Drummer Boy", one with Il Volo. The album is available for pre-order now.
    Evancho sang at the David Foster Foundation's 2016 fundraiser at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to help pay for the cost of pediatric organ transplants and support the patients' families.
    More Details Hide Details She expects to perform more concerts in the Northeast US in November. In August, Evancho is scheduled to participate in the filming of AGT's first Christmas special. Evancho had some early theatre experience performing in High School Musical with Pittsburgh Musical Theater in 2007 and musical theatre versions of A Christmas Carol and Little Red Riding Hood, in which she played the title role in 2009. She also appeared briefly as an extra in the 2010 film She's Out of My League. Her first featured television appearance was in the 2011 episode "Back To Max" from the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place where she sang "America the Beautiful" to work off school detention. Evancho appears in the feature film The Company You Keep, a political thriller that premiered at film festivals in 2012. The film played in foreign markets and in the US beginning in April 2013. Evancho played Isabel, the eleven-year-old daughter of a widowed attorney turned fugitive, Jim Grant, played by Robert Redford, who also directed the film. When Grant's true identity as a former Weather Underground militant is uncovered, he is pursued across the US by the FBI and by an ambitious journalist (Shia LaBeouf). To be reunited with Isabel, Grant must clear his name. Jon Weisman wrote that Evancho "showed she's more than a singing prodigy with her earnest sweetness as the daughter of Robert Redford's character".
    She headlined a concert at Festa Italiana at the BMO Harris Pavilion in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, later in July 2016.
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    Evancho provided the entertainment at the 2016 Project Sunshine benefit gala in May and returned to Washington, DC, to participate in the 2016 broadcast and live performance of A Capitol Fourth.
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    She also released an original pop song by Peter Zizzo, "Apocalypse", which is expected to be included on her upcoming 2016 album.
    More Details Hide Details 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." She also released a video of the song and performed it on the Today show and Live! with Kelly and Michael later in April.
    In April Evancho sang the national anthem at the Pittsburgh Pirates' 2016 opening home game.
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    In January 2016, Evancho appeared at the Mending Broken Hearts With Hope luncheon to benefit The Shelter for Abused Women & Children in Naples, Florida.
    More Details Hide Details The same month, she released another single and video on JME Touring, a cover of Sam Smith's "Writing's on the Wall". This was followed by another single and video in March, Skylar Grey's "Coming Home (Part II)".
    The single is expected to be part of Evancho's upcoming 2016 album.
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    She is expected to release a new album in 2016.
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  • 2015
    In October 2015, Evancho performed at a benefit for the Global Lyme Alliance in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details In December, she sang the US national anthem at the Pittsburgh Steelers game against the Indianapolis Colts and released the first single on her own JE Touring label, a cover of Taylor Swift's "Safe & Sound". A video of the single was also released.
    In August 2015, she participated in a "David Foster and Friends" concert in Malaysia.
    More Details Hide Details The same month, she released a new video and corresponding video covering Ed Sheeran's, "All of the Stars", supporting acceptance of LGBT people. In September, Evancho participated in a concert with David Foster and Andrea Bocelli in Forte dei Marmi, Italy, to benefit the Celebrity Fight Night Foundation. 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.
    In 2015, Evancho made a video to support the Humane Society's fight against seal hunting.
    More Details Hide Details In April of that year, she joined Andrea Bocelli as a guest in his concert in Thailand. The English-language newspaper The Nation commented: "If there's anything on Earth close to the sound of an angel, it must be the heavenly voice of Jackie Evancho".
  • 2014
    Evancho promoted the album with a concert tour that began in November 2014 and continued into 2016, and a third PBS special based on the album that debuted the same month.
    More Details Hide Details The album consists of 12 tracks, including a mix of classical pieces, like Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise", the art song "Dormi Jesu" and the Vavilov version of "Ave Maria"; classical crossover covers of more contemporary pieces like U2's "With or Without You", Ennio Morricone's "Your Love", Lara Fabian's "Je t'aime" and Within Temptation's "Memories"; and several original songs. Walmart offered a deluxe edition with six bonus holiday songs. Evancho's cover of "My Immortal" by Evanescence was included as a bonus track exclusively on the version of the album sold in Japan. In June 2014, Evancho released her first single from the album, a cover of "The Rains of Castamere" from Game of Thrones. A writer for the Orlando Sentinel said of the song that Evancho's "mature voice sounds stunning." Evancho released a shadow-art video for the single in July 2014. She offered a second track, "Think of Me" from The Phantom of the Opera, in July 2014. A video for the song was released, together with a feature piece on Evancho, by People, in September 2014. The same month, Evancho released a digital download of a track called "Go Time" promoting Justice clothing stores, which displayed it on their website, made it available for free download to their shoppers, and played it in their stores on the video monitors. In September, Billboard streamed Evancho's third single from the album, "Your Love", which became available on the day of the album's release.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A reviewer for Mashable called it "a gift from the a cappella gods".
    In September 2014, Evancho performed at a David Foster Foundation concert to benefit families with children who need a major organ transplant.
    More Details Hide Details In November, she sang a "touching rendition" of John Lennon's song "Imagine" at the United Nations to introduce the UNICEF #Imagine program.
    Evancho performed at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 2014 awards dinner in June singing "Over the Rainbow".
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    She appeared in May 2014 at the annual gala to benefit Chicago's WTTW television and WFMT radio stations and in Washington DC at the 2014 National Memorial Day Concert, broadcast by PBS.
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    2014 to present Evancho was the performer for Susan G. Komen's Perfect Pink Party in Palm Beach, Florida, in January 2014, to benefit breast cancer research.
    More Details Hide Details In March, Evancho 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.
  • 2013
    Evancho headlined a benefit concert, called Jackie Evancho & Friends: We are Hope, at the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City in November 2013, for the Muzart World Foundation's programs to encourage the teaching of music and art in US public schools.
    More Details Hide Details She sang the US national anthem on Thanksgiving Day, at the Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions football game, broadcast on Fox. She headlined a Christmas-themed benefit concert at Carnegie Hall produced by her old mentor, Tim Janis, and featuring James Galway, in December.
    Evancho participated with over 200 Cirque du Soleil performers and others at Bellagio in Las Vegas in March 2013 in the event "One Night for One Drop on World Water Day".
    More Details Hide Details Evancho's water and aerial performances benefited 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 alone except for the background pianist. She also dominated the fantastic finale flying in as an angel on a harness from the theater rooftop." The following month, she sang in concert in Taiwan with José Carreras. She performed another concert with Tony Bennett in May, in Alpharetta, Georgia, with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Of performing with Evancho, Bennett said: "She’s just wonderful... my own reaction is, 'How the heck am I going to follow that?'" On July 4, Evancho was a featured performer in the televised annual show A Capitol Fourth, singing the national anthem and '"Can You Feel the Love Tonight", from her album Songs from the Silver Screen.
  • 2012
    In late 2012, Evancho partnered with WhyHunger, philosophy.com and Sephora to offer a bath product, to believe, inspired by the lyrics of her song "To Believe".
    More Details Hide Details All net proceeds from the product support WhyHunger's efforts to end world hunger.
    Evancho sang in August 2012 at the annual So The World May Hear Gala to benefit the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which supplies hearing aids to people in need in the US and other countries.
    More Details Hide Details She sang in Hiroshima, Japan, later in August, in the "Peace for World" concert, with Christopher Cross and others. At the end of the month, Evancho performed together with Tony Bennett at the Ironstone Amphitheatre in Murphys, California, where she was accompanied by members of the Stockton Symphony. In October, she performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as part of the opening celebrations for Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, Texas.
    She performed as a guest star on the May 2012 season finale of Canada's Got Talent.
    More Details Hide Details In June, she sang in Russia at the opening ceremonies of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. The outdoor concert in Palace Square, billed as a "Bouquet of Opera", also featured Dmitry Hvorostovsky and Sumi Jo.
    In February 2012, Evancho sang at the US National Prayer Breakfast before President Obama and congressional and international leaders.
    More Details Hide Details In April, Evancho appeared on Dancing with the Stars. She sang "Ave Maria" and "Dark Waltz" to accompany two dance teams.
    2012 to 2013 Evancho returned to Japan to participate in the newly reopened Bunkamura Orchard Concert Hall's program, called "Musical meets Symphony", and to give her own concert there with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra in January 2012.
    More Details Hide Details While there, she sang for the Imperial family.
    In 2012, she continued her US tour to promote the album, together with tenor Josh Page, who sang a duet of "The Prayer" with her and performed two solos to break up Evancho's sets.
    More Details Hide Details After a concert in Tokyo in January 2012 with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, she made seven concert stops from January to March 2012 in California and Utah. Evancho's three February tour stops constituted the tenth top-grossing tour reported by Billboard for the relevant week. In June 2012, Evancho concluded the tour with performances on the East Coast. On its 2011 year-end charts, Billboard ranked Dream With Me as the No. 2 best-selling Classical Album for the year and as the No. 45 US album of 2011. Dream With Me was listed on the Billboard 200 for 28 weeks and the Classical Albums chart for a total of 74 weeks. Billboard ranked Dream With Me In Concert the No. 21 music video album of 2011 and the No. 16 music video album of 2012. Dream With Me In Concert was ranked on the Billboard.biz Top Music Video chart for 64 weeks. Dream With Me, and Foster's production of the album, are discussed in detail in the 2013 Ph.D. dissertation of Evancho's uncle, composer Matthew Evancho.
    From late 2012 to 2014, she toured the US, performing songs from her 2012 album, Songs from the Silver Screen, which was Evancho's third top-ten album debut.
    More Details Hide Details In 2013 she headlined benefit concerts at Carnegie Hall, the LDS Conference Center and with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas for the One Drop Foundation. She also appeared in the 2013 Robert Redford film The Company You Keep and modelled for Guess Kids clothing. Evancho's 2014 album, Awakening, was her fifth consecutive No. 1 release on the Billboard Classical Albums chart. Since then she has toured in support of Awakening and released several singles and collaborations in between her public school studies.
  • 2011
    She gave concerts that featured songs from the album in December 2011 in Buffalo, New York; Atlantic City, New Jersey; and Pittsburgh, all with duet partner tenor Christopher Dallo.
    More Details Hide Details As of January 2012, more than 300,000 copies of Heavenly Christmas had been sold in the US. On its 2011 year-end charts, Billboard ranked Dream With Me as the No. 4 best-selling Classical Album of the year. It ranked the album No. 41 on the 2012 year-end Canadian Albums chart. Evancho's fourth full-length album, Songs from the Silver Screen, was released on October 2, 2012. The album is composed of 12 songs used in popular films, arranged by Bill Ross. The tracks range from the whimsical ("Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory) to Disney songs ("Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from The Lion King and "I See the Light" from Tangled) to inspirational anthems ("My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic, featuring Joshua Bell, violin), to 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" Moulin Rouge!, featuring The Canadian Tenors. An Allmusic review awarded the album 3-1/2 stars out of five, stating that the CD "finds Evancho more than up to the task, displaying maturity and poise."
    Evancho's 2011 Christmas album, Heavenly Christmas, has twelve tracks and was produced by Rob Mounsey, who conducts the Orchestra of St. Luke's on the album.
    More Details Hide Details 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). The album was released on November 1, 2011, exclusively at Walmart in the US and at other US retailers in October 2012. The album entered the Billboard Classical Albums chart at No. 1, the Holiday Albums chart at No. 3, and the Billboard 200 at No. 16, peaking at No. 11. It peaked at No. 9 on the Canadian Albums chart. 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". The Salt Lake City Tribune rated the album "A-", writing: "some of us are still taken aback when we hear such a strong, womanly voice float out of an 11 year-old child.... Her best offering is the cherubic 'Believe'." Christopher John Farley of The Wall Street Journal wrote, "when she sings, she sounds like she’s channeling a past life, a future self, or possibly an actual angel."
    Her last appearance in 2011 was in Las Vegas on December 29, 2011, where Evancho headlined a concert with David Foster and Kenny G, featuring mostly songs from Dream With Me.
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    Evancho made her New York City solo concert debut at Avery Fisher Hall in November 2011, becoming the youngest person ever to sing a solo concert at Lincoln Center.
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    It consisted of 18 performances with symphony orchestras, beginning with eight stops in the US during 2011, including one with her hometown Pittsburgh Opera on October 16.
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    In July 2011, the singer began her first solo tour across the United States, to promote the album.
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    Evancho promoted the album on talk shows and at concerts in the US and in Toronto. She recorded a solo concert television special for the 2011 PBS Great Performances series that includes nearly the same songs as the album.
    More Details Hide Details The special, titled Dream With Me In Concert, was the most broadcast program of the year on the PBS network. Evancho was the youngest person ever to have a special on the series. 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." The concert was co-hosted by David Foster, who played the piano in the orchestra for many of the selections, while Conrad Tao played piano and violin, respectively, for two songs. The special was shown on PBS stations beginning in June 2011 and was released as a CD/DVD set in September 2011, Dream With Me In Concert, reaching No. 1 on Billboards Top Music Video chart. Allmusic noted: "the concert version... sounds nearly identical (outside of the waves of applause) to the studio album... but the accompanying DVD, which features the heavily choreographed performance, as well as an extensive photo gallery and interviews with both Evancho and Foster, should provide enough eye and ear candy to appease fans of the gifted young vocalist until a proper follow-up appears." The Sun wrote that the "classical crossover set... showcases the extraordinary beauty of the child's pipes."
    Evancho's second full-length feature album (her first on a major label), Dream with Me, produced by David Foster for Sony and Syco Music, was released on June 14, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, reached No. 1 on Billboard's Classical Albums Chart, and was certified gold by the RIAA. The album also performed well internationally, with Evancho becoming the youngest artist ever to debut in the UK in the top 5. The album includes 14 tracks ranging from popular songs ("Angel") to classical arias ("Ombra mai fu"), and original songs, including the title track, for which Evancho contributed to the lyrics. Evancho sings duets with Barbra Streisand ("Somewhere") and Susan Boyle ("The Prayer"). A deluxe edition of Dream with Me available only at the Target website includes four bonus tracks: "Someday", "Mi Mancherai", "The Impossible Dream" and "A Time For Us". Allmusic gave the album 3-1/2 stars out of a possible five, commenting: "Dream with Me hits all of the right notes, though there are few surprises or big moments to be found... resulting in a solid "official" debut from a rising star at the dawn of her career."USA Today rated the album 2-1/2 stars out of four: "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. I'd have preferred a little less pomp and Puccini and more youthful wonder."
    She sang in two David Foster & Friends concerts in October 2011, in Tokyo, where she also appeared in several Japanese television interviews.
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    Her recording of "Silent Night" is included in the 2011 Sony album 30 Stars of Christmas.
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    She also sings "Pie Jesu" on the 2011 album Hit Man Returns: David Foster & Friends (2011).
    More Details Hide Details The album was recorded live in Las Vegas in October 2010, and PBS broadcast the concert, including Evancho's "Pie Jesu" and "O Mio Babbino Caro", beginning in March 2011.
    She recorded a duet with Tony Bennett of the song "When You Wish upon a Star", which appears as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of his 2011 album Duets II and she lent her voice to a "happy birthday" tribute to Bennett as part of a 2011 Target advertisement.
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    In June 2011, Evancho performed as a guest artist at the season finale of Britain's Got Talent.
    More Details Hide Details After touring over the summer, in September, she returned to America's Got Talent as a guest artist, performing "Nessun dorma" during the finale of the sixth season.
    She also sang the introduction to "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on Oprah's farewell special broadcast on May 25, 2011.
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    In March, she sang at the 2011 Festival of the Arts Boca, along with young stars of the Metropolitan Opera.
    More Details Hide Details Evancho sang at Muhammad Ali's "Celebrity Fight Night" charity event to battle Parkinson's Disease, in Phoenix, Arizona, later the same month.
    In February 2011, she performed her first full-length concert as a headliner, in Houston Texas with the Houston Chamber Choir.
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    In January 2011, she performed Nella Fantasia at the Beverly Hills Chefs for Seals event in support of efforts to end the annual Canadian seal hunt.
    More Details Hide Details The event was sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States, of which Evancho is the ambassador for Mission: Humane, a program that encourages children to help protect animals.
  • 2010
    On December 9, 2010, Evancho performed at the National Christmas Tree lighting in Washington, D.C., singing "O Holy Night", where she met President Obama and his family.
    More Details Hide Details Also in December, she returned to the Tonight Show and performed at the 27th annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, on ABC television. In its 2011 year-end charts (including releases from November 2010), Billboard ranked O Holy Night at No. 1 on its Classical Albums chart. It also ranked the album as the No. 15 best-selling album of 2011 in the US. O Holy Night also ranked as the No. 31 Canadian Album of 2011.
    In November 2010, Evancho sang "O Holy Night" in the My Macy's Holiday Parade in Pittsburgh and again on NBC's Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting special, Christmas in Rockefeller Center, where she also duetted with Katherine Jenkins, singing "Silent Night".
    More Details Hide Details Such a duet had been anticipated since Piers Morgan commented on the similar appearance of the two singers.
    Evancho promoted the album on TV beginning with The Oprah Winfrey Show on October 19, 2010, where she sang "Pie Jesu".
    More Details Hide Details Among several other talk shows, QVC appearances and holiday singing appearances, Evancho performed songs from the album and was interviewed on The Today Show and Fox & Friends, The View and Martha Stewart Living.
    On December 10, 2010, the album was certified platinum by the RIAA, shipping in excess of a million copies in the US, making Evancho the youngest solo artist ever to go platinum in the US.
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    Evancho's first release on a major record label was a Columbia Records EP entitled O Holy Night. It was released on November 16, 2010 and entered the Billboard 200 at No. 2, making Evancho the top-selling debut artist for 2010 and the youngest solo artist ever to debut in the top 10.
    More Details Hide Details It also launched at No. 1 on Billboard's Classical Albums chart. It was No. 2 on Billboard's Holiday Albums Chart. The album sold 239,000 copies in its first week.
    Tim Janis scheduled Evancho to perform in his show at Carnegie Hall in New York City on December 2, 2010, where she would have been the venue's youngest female vocal soloist.
    More Details Hide Details During the AGT tour, however, her parents withdrew her from the Carnegie Hall event; by the time of that event, Evancho had begun making promotional appearances for Columbia Records.
    From June 2010 until mid-2011, Evancho was coached by voice teacher Yvie Burnett, a mezzo-soprano from Scotland, who has worked with many of the singers appearing on AGT.
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    On October 8, 2010, Evancho signed a record deal with SYCO music and Columbia Records.
    More Details Hide Details One week later, she performed in Las Vegas with David Foster.
    Evancho performed in 10 of the 25 cities in the America's Got Talent: Live Tour from October 1 to November 5, 2010.
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    She advanced to the Top 10 round where, on September 7, 2010, she performed "Pie Jesu" from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem and was voted into the Final 4.
    More Details Hide Details Pittsburgh leaders declared the following week "Jackie Evancho Week" in appreciation "for her positive representation of our city" showing "poise and determination well beyond her years". Her final competition performance was of Gounod's "Ave Maria" on September 14. The following evening at the AGT season finale, Evancho sang "Time to Say Goodbye" together with guest artist Sarah Brightman; then Evancho was announced as the runner-up, finishing second to singer Michael Grimm. Many viewers and commentators felt that Evancho should have won, and even Grimm expressed surprise. The show brought Evancho wide exposure to American audiences, as up to 16 million viewers watched her performances each week. The finale show was AGT's highest-rated episode in three years. Evancho became one of the two most successful AGT alumni. She was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno a week after the finale, where she sang and gave her first late-night interview with Jay Leno. Evancho was subsequently profiled and interviewed in the 2013 book Inside AGT: The Untold Stories of America's Got Talent.
    Her semifinal performance was "Time to Say Goodbye", on August 31, 2010.
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    On August 10, 2010, Evancho performed the aria "O mio babbino caro" in the show's quarter-final round.
    More Details Hide Details She received a standing ovation after her performance and was awarded a family trip to Universal Studios Florida for receiving the most fan votes of all the YouTube submissions to the show. Judge Howie Mandel said in his critique that the show sought to "find that one moment, that one gem, that one star from a place we've never looked before.... This is the moment. You're the star." After Evancho's performance, commentators queried whether her performance had been lip-synched. On the next evening's live show, Evancho sang an impromptu voice exercise to demonstrate that the broadcast was of her live voice. In an interview, Mandel addressed the issue: "what people are... really saying is that it's really too good to be true. You are so perfect and so wonderful that people have never heard a talent like this.... You've got to take that as a compliment.... Even if you don't love that kind of music, you can't deny that it is perfection."
    After two earlier unsuccessful auditions for the show, Evancho was accepted as a contestant on the fifth season of the America's Got Talent TV show (AGT) by placing first in its 2010 YouTube competition.
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    It debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 121, and at No. 2 on the Billboard Classical Albums chart, in August 2010, after Evancho's first performance on America's Got Talent.
    More Details Hide Details Evancho's parents withdrew the album later in the same month, citing Evancho's vocal progress since its release. Since Evancho's success on America's Got Talent, the album has become a collector's item.
    She performed at the 2010 National Christmas Tree lighting in Washington, D.C. In 2011, her first full-length album, Dream With Me, produced by Foster, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, and she became the youngest top-5 debut artist in UK history.
    More Details Hide Details Billboard ranked Evancho the top Classical Albums Artist for 2011. Later that year, Evancho released another 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 Dream With Me Tour. Evancho is the ambassador for Mission: Humane, a US Humane Society program that encourages children to help protect animals. A national cotillion organization listed her as one of the "ten best-mannered people of 2011".
    With the 2010 holiday release of her O Holy Night EP, Evancho became the best-selling debut artist of 2010, the youngest top-10 debut artist in US history and the youngest solo artist ever to go platinum in the US.
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  • 2009
    In November 2009, Evancho released her independent debut album, Prelude to a Dream.
    More Details Hide Details 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".
    After sending a video to him, she was selected for the regional semifinals of his “Hitman Talent Search Contest”, finishing as runner-up, and in October 2009 she sang in the "David Foster & Friends" concert at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
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    Evancho first caught record producer David Foster's attention in 2009.
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    2009 to 2011 Evancho performed the American national anthem at various events in 2009 and 2010, including the September 2009 memorial ceremony for the victims of United Flight 93, the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team's 2010 home opener, and the NHL Winter Classic on January 1, 2011, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
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    She made various singing appearances around Pennsylvania in 2009 and 2010.
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    Also in 2009, she sang "Ave Maria" in composer and conductor Tim Janis's PBS television special "Celebrate America" and performed in other concerts and TV shows with Janis, who sought her out after seeing her on YouTube.
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    In 2009 talent contests, she won the Golden Ribby Award – WonderworldTV and the Talent Quest TV Show (both in Massachusetts).
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    She entered the 2009 Kean Idol contest and was again runner-up.
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    In January 2009, Evancho competed in Las Vegas in the 15th annual U.S.A. World Showcase Talent Competition, where she also finished in second place.
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  • 2008
    She also started a YouTube channel, sang in the Children's Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh during its 2008–09 season, and performed the title role in a 2009 school musical version of Little Red Riding Hood.
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    Between 2008 and 2010, Evancho entered several talent competitions; made singing appearances, including the US national anthem at a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game and in concerts with Tim Janis and David Foster; issued an independent album, Prelude to a Dream; and attracted interest on YouTube.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010, at the age of ten, she gained wider popularity with her 2nd-place finish in the fifth season of America's Got Talent.
  • 2000
    Born on April 9, 2000.
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