Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Q&A with Jackie Evancho from Nashville

The 15-year-old singing sensation joins the Nashville Symphony on Wednesday, June 17 for a night of classical and pop selections. Jackie Evancho’s life changed forever when she was 8 years old. Her parents took her to see Phantom of the Opera, and the beloved Andrew Lloyd Webber musical became a pillar of inspiration. Blessed with a phenomenal voice — especially at such a young age — Evancho soon became a YouTube sensation attracting the likes of composers like David Foster.

Evancho’s following grew by leaps and bounds in 2010 when she was a 10-year-old contestant on the fifth season of America’s Got Talent, finishing the competition in second place.

 Since then, she’s released four studio albums, a live CD/DVD (Dream with Me in Concert) and last year enjoyed her own PBS special, Awakening: Live in Concert. She’s sold more than 3 million albums so far, and her achievements are impressive. She’s the youngest Top-10 debut artist in U.S. history, and the youngest solo artist to go platinum in the United States. Add to that her recent big screen debut in Robert Redord’s The Company You Keep.

 Not too shabby of a resume for the now 15-year-old young lady who shows no signs of letting success at a young age go to her head.

 The Nashville audience gets to experience the classical crossover singer live in concert with the Nashville Symphony on Wednesday, June 17 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Evancho promises a wide range of material including classic arias to pop/rock favorites, show tunes and songs from the silver screen.

 Nashville Parent caught up with Evancho for a phone interview recently to talk about her inspiration, life and her upcoming performance in Nashville.

What was it about Phantom of the Opera that inspired you so much when you were 8 years old?


 I honestly believe that why I love Phantom so much is the passion and songs and the way the characters interact with each other. The love story really captured my attention … being a young girl and always hoping for love.

 America’s Got Talent was a huge leap into starting your journey as a performer. What was it like being on the show when you were 10, and did it make you nervous to sing in front of millions of people?

 I don’t think singing in front of millions of people is what made me nervous. What made me nervous was just singing in front of anyone in general, but I obviously grew to get used to that.

 It was so much fun being on that TV show because it was like making a new family and having new friends. No one was jealous of each other or worried about each other. We were just great friends. 

How do you overcome stage fright?

 I usually get a bit nervous before I sing. It’s definitely easier to do since America’s Got Talent. It’s very fun to sing in front of people. I usually just say a prayer before I go on stage, warm up, drink a lot of water and tea, and that’s really it.

You have a lot of impressive achievements like being the youngest Top 10 debut artist in U.S. history and the youngest solo artist to have a platinum album. You’ve sold more than 3 million records, performed in front of the President of the United States and did a duet with Barbra Streisand. What does that kind of success do to you at a young age?


 It doesn’t affect me as a person. It makes me a bit more proud of myself because I know that not just anybody can make those achievements. I’m not saying that I’m special, but I’m saying that I worked hard to get there and I’m proud of myself for it.

What music do you enjoy listening to?


 I listen to everything, and usually the music I listen to depends on my mood. It can be a band like Royal Blood to classical pieces like “Moonlight Sonata.”

What’s a typical day like for you?

 My average day consists of waking up at 6, going to school, coming home and having an occasional interview or conference call or maybe stopping into the recording studio, but it’s pretty normal compared to what I expected when I was younger.

How do you maintain a sense of normality? Do you have to pitch in and do chores with your brothers and sister?

 My parents have been cracking down on the rules, so I can’t go anywhere unless I’ve done at least one thing around the house. That’s a little irritating! (laughs)

 I didn’t expect to get any special treatment, and I’m really glad that I didn’t because I feel that if I had I might be a bit more full of myself. Although I don’t really think I’d fall victim to becoming a diva because of fame, I still worry that it might be out of my control.

Do you have any hobbies? What do you enjoy doing in your downtime?

 I like to sew, and I like to draw and write books and songs — anything I can really think of. I play some piano (self-taught) and violin (mostly self taught). I love just socializing with my friends.

Nashville’s looking forward to seeing you perform with our award-winning Nashville Symphony on June 17. What can we expect in regard to your song selections?

 It’s going to be a mix of songs from all of my albums except for the Christmas ones. I don’t think there’s a specific genre that I prefer to do more than another. I just like to sing the songs that I sing. I choose the songs I sing because they have a specific sound or quality to them that I just enjoy. I tend to steer clear of songs that I am even a little iffy about. I just prefer to love the songs that I sing.

Is there anything in particular you hope to see or experience while you’re in Nashville?

 I’ve been to Nashville once a long, long time ago. Hopefully I can do some site seeing and shopping, because I LOVE shopping! I don’t know specifically what I want to look at because I know there’s so many things to see in Nashville, and I can hardly begin to imagine. I’m just looking forward to a fun experience in Nashville!


Jackie Evancho with the Nashville Symphony
Wednesday, June 17 at 7 pm.
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
1 Symphony Place, Nashville
615-687-6400 •
Tickets: $22 – $86 


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Monday, June 8, 2015

Discover Jackie Evancho Singing Nessun Dorma from Britain`s Got Talent June 4th 2011 :)

Discover #FlashbackFriday with Jackie EvanchoJackie was a guest on Britain's Got Talent, June 4th 2011She performed Nessun Dorma by Giacomo Puccini <3

Posted by Jackie Junkies on Friday, June 5, 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Nick Cannon Reveals His All-Time Favorite ‘America’s Got Talent’ Contestant, And The Answer Might Surprise You



 From the extraordinary to the extreme, America’s Got Talent has hosted a whole range of performers since premiering on NBC in 2006.

In honor of the show’s upcoming 10th season, we asked host Nick Cannon to reveal his all-time favorite contestant from the competition series during a round of People’s Choice Against the Clock.
Though Cannon has seen many big acts take the AGT stage, when it came time to pick a favorite he went small —  10-years-old to be exact. The host said opera singer Jackie Evancho, who was 10 when she appeared on the show in season five, stood out amongst the pack.
“She’s gone on to be the biggest star,” said Cannon of the pint-sized contestant during the NBC Upfronts in May.
Though Evancho actually went on to finish in second place, fans of America’s Got Talent will of course remember the young singer for her incredible renditions of opera songs like “O Mio Babbino Caro”.
So what other America’s Got Talent secrets did show host Nick Cannon dish on? You’ll just have to watch him play Against The Clock above to find out!


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Jackie Evancho interviewed while in Thailand by MANTA KLANGBOONKRONG at The Nation


A little lady with big voice, Jackie Evancho recently stunned a Bangkok audience with her pitch perfect duet with Andrea Bocelli

IF THERE'S ANYTHING on Earth close to the sound of an angel, it must be the heavenly voice of Jackie Evancho, star of the fifth season of "America's Got Talent" and today, at age 15, one of the world's most adored vocalists.

After wowing the whole world with classical crossover songs in 2010, when she was only 10, Evancho was immediately signed by Columbia Records where she released a string of successful recordings including "O Holy Night", "Dream With Me", "Heavenly Christmas", "Songs from the Silver Screens" and her most recent, "Awakening" in 2014.

Evancho has performed at the National Christmas Tree lighting concert in Washington, in front of US President Obama, stunned a 100,000-strong Russian audience by singing with opera stars Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Sumi Jo and has performed in Japan before the royal family at the Imperial Palace. Such achievements prompted Billboard to include her on the list of "music moves-and-shakers under the age of 21" in 2011 and 2012.

Evancho was in Bangkok recently to perform in Andrea Bocelli's concert alongside David Foster, Katharine McPhee and Maria Aleida. We had a chat with the minor superstar after the show.


The show was so much fun. And yes, I got to perform with one of my idols, Andrea Bocelli. We sang "Con Te Partiro" together, which is one of the songs that I sang on "America's Got Talent". The thing that kept going through my mind while I was singing with him was that I would mess up my Italian, which would have been very embarrassing. It was such a great experience, and after the show he said to me "great job", and that's a big deal coming from Andrea Bocelli. I think the show was great and all the artists were phenomenal.


I know that I have something because that's what people tell me. I don't really feel that my voice is so out there because in my head I still sound like a little girl but everyone else says I sound like a 20-year-old or 40-year-old opera singer. It doesn't make sense to me! I started singing when I was eight years old. Before "America's Got Talent" it was mainly my mum and one sibling coming with me. We would just get in our car, drive all across the East Coast trying to be seen or get noticed. We just did little talent competitions here and there.


All sorts of music actually - whatever was on the radio or whatever my parents played. It could go from pop music to music that my dad listened to when he was younger, and I love all of it. I respect all music. But I was inspired to sing by the musical "The Phantom of the Opera". The music just clicked.


It was a great honour. It was surreal actually. I still don't believe that it's real. My whole life I wanted to be a singer, so experiencing this is like a dream come true. Not a lot of people get to experience that so I'm really honoured that I'm one of the few people who can. And no, I don't think success came too soon for me. It came pretty slow and at a good, steady pace. I think my parents and the record label and the people that I work with did a great job of making sure it did not come too fast.


A lot of people don't recognise me unless I'm wearing a dress. Most people saw me when I was a little girl on "America's Got Talent" and they don't realise that I'm growing up. The way I dress normally is so different from the way that people see me when I'm in public. I don't wear giant ball dresses all the time!


I go to public school, so I will let the teachers know when I'm leaving and how long I'll be gone for, and they will give me the work ahead of time that I will have to finish and turn in. Most of the time it's worked out, but sometimes it doesn't! Keeping up with school is the most challenging, and the most important, thing I do because I plan to go to college and hopefully I will get a good education. It's difficult when you're gone a lot and the teachers do get irritated by it, but it's turning out pretty well so far. I would like to study psychology and philosophy. A lot of people ask if I want to study music, but I feel that I've mastered the music already - It's my job and my life.


I like reading people, and I like to figure out what they're thinking - it's very interesting. I also grew up with a lot of crime TV shows like "Law and Order", "Criminal Minds" because my mum is a great fan. I guess that's what inspired me.


When I was little I thought seals were the most adorable things ever. Then I found out that these cute animals are being attacked and hurt for no reason. So when I started to become known I decided to use that fame to try and help as much as I could, to stop that cruelty and boycott it. I've been working with the Humane Society as an ambassador to save these animals. It's a great honour for me.


I'll have a break for two months and probably go to a beach somewhere with my family. Then I'll have a tour to promote "Awakening" and some shows with David Foster. I think we'll be back in Asia again in August.

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