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.
Her U.S. shows are sell-outs and have been taped for broadcast on PBS for the Great Performances series. Jackie’s first PBS special was one of the top pledge producing performances in PBS’ history. When PBS aired “Dream With Me In Concert” during the latter half of 2011, it instantly became one of their most broadcast programs of the year and was used extensively during pledge drives.
Jackie’s studio release in July of 2014. “Awakening” was her third studio album and like her other albums before, “Awakening’s entered the Billboard Classical Chart at number one. She toured to promote the album thru 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. 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.
2016 sees Jackie turning 16. She will release a number of singles and videos and eventually release her 4th studio album. She will continue to tour along with continuing her education.
And the journey continues……