Jackie Evancho returned to 'America Got Talent - The Champions' in january 2019, where Jackie sang a flawless version of 'The Music Of The Night'. It serves as a spin-off/All-Star season, featuring high-placing contestants of the previous thirteen seasons of AGT and other Got Talent competitions around the world. It will premiere on January 7th, 2019. Jackie will appear on the show, monday the 4'th of february.
Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho was born 9 April 2000.
Jackie's parents are Lisa and Michael Evancho. Jackie has an older sister Juliet, a younger brother Zachary, and a younger sister Rachel. Jackie was born in Richland Township, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, America. She has gone to school at Eden Hall Upper Elementary School. Jackie interests include violin and piano, sewing and playing with her pets.
Jackie started singing just before her 8 years birthday, after she saw the movie musical 'The Phantom of the Opera'. Jackie's mother bought the film on DVD, and Jackie began to sing songs from the movie in the family home. Jackie's parents have said at the time that there was something special about Jackie's voice.
Jackie's first talent competition in april 2008 with 'Kean Idol', where Jackie sang 'Ave Maria', a local talent contest where she got second place, first place went to a 20-year-old opera singer. Jackie started taking voice lessons for her success in the competition, and Jackie's parents started getting inquiries about Jackie could sing at various events and nursing homes, mostly in Pennsylvania.
One of the first video's on Youtube.com, I could find where Jackie is only 7 years old and singing 'Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again' and it is from 2007.
The first time that Jackie caught record producer 'David Foster's' attention was in 2009, after Jackie had sent a video to him, she was elected in the regional semifinal to David's "Hitman Talent Search Contest", where she finished in the finals in second place. And in october 2009 Jackie sang at 'David Foster & Friends' concert at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
In november 2009, Evancho released her debut album 'Prelude To A Deam'. The album consisted mostly of classic songs such as 'Con te partirò', 'O mio babbino caro', 'The Prayer', 'Concrete Angel' and 'Amazing Grace'.
Jackie's parents withdrew 'Prelude To A Dream' back in september 2010 when they said that Jackie's voice had made, so much progress since the album was released. After Jackie's success on "America's Got Talent", the album has become a collector's item and cost about 3000 US.dollars if you want to buy it in an auction.
After two earlier unsuccessful auditions for the 'America's Got Talent' show, Jackie's parents tried to send a video in which Jackie sings 'Panis Angelicus' into Youtube competition to join "America's Got Talent", and here was Jackie elected to participating in the fifth season of AGT.
In the 10'th august 2010, Jackie sang the aria 'O Mio Babbino Caro' in the show's quarterfinals round. Jackie got a standing ovation after her performance and won a trip to Universal Studios Florida for receiving the most fan votes of all the YouTube posts that had been to the show.
One of the judges Howie Mandel said in his criticism that the in the show, the judges would "look for one moment, a star, a star from a place we've never seen before.. This is the moment.. You're the star..".
In the semifinal the 31 august 2010, Jackie sang the song 'Time to Say Goodbye'. She advanced to the top 10 where on the 7'th of september 2010 performed 'Pie Jesu' from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem and was voted directly into the final.
About Jackie Evancho:
Pittsburgh Mayor declared the following week "Jackie Evancho Week" in appreciation "for her positive representation of our city". And the mayor also declared that the 16'th october 2011 is 'Jackie Evancho day', see picture here.
In the final Jackie sings Gounod's 'Ave Maria', on the 14'th of september. After this performance, the judge Piers Morgan said: "I've never seen a presentation of this show or the British show or any of the other talent shows in the world, with more potential than Jackie Evancho. It was perfection. Perfection!.
But Jackie lost unfortunately for singer Michael Grimm. Many viewers and commentators believed that Evancho should have won, and Michael Grimm expressed surprise. The show brought a lot of attention Jackie, and up to 16 million viewers watched her videos on YouTube for weeks.
Almost immediately after the competition ended, signed Jackie contract with Columbia Records and began to fulfill her dream. New opportunities and extraordinary experiences stood ready for Jackie.
In june 2011, Jackie published her first studio album released 'Dream With Me'. A mixture of opera arias, musical songs and pop standards, the album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at nice 2'nd place and and went gold after only four weeks. This album is produced by David Foster 'The Hitman', who has won 16 grammy's for his music. Jackie 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'.
In november 2011 Jackie published the album 'Heavenly Christmas' and was one of the best selling Christmas album this year.
In october 2012, the album 'Songs From The Silver Screen' was released, containing many of the best songs from some of the world's best movies.
In addition, selected owner of GUESS childrens Paul Marciano, to use Jackie as a model for his clothes in the autumn 2012 GUESS Kids children's wear campaign which will be unveiled late summer of the 2012.
Jackie tried acting. She had her debut as an actress in a movie with Robert Redford 'The Company You Keep', which had premiere in march 2013 in Denmark.
In july 2014, Jackie released a new song 'Go Time', Jackie's first real pop-song, but it is very good, you chould have a look at it.
And in september 2014, Walmart announced that an Exclusive version of 'Awakening', would be released at Walmart only, with 6 new Christmas songs. But it looks like you can get this CD in other stores (I found it in Denmark).
And finally in september 2014, Jackie released the new album 'Awakening' and the song 'Think of me' that also was on Jackie's first album. Also songs from irish band 'U2' & dutch band 'Within Temptation'.
In december 2014 Jackie released a DVD 'Awakening, live in concert', taped at the magnificent Longwood Gardens. This DVD is a must for every Jackie Evancho fan. It is just fantastic...
The 'The Nation' commented in april 2015: "If there's anything on Earth close to the sound of an angel, it must be the heavenly voice of Jackie Evancho".
In august 2015 Jackie realeased a new video, with a cover of Ed Sheeran's song 'All Of The Stars'. The video is very close to Jackie’s heart as it was inspired by her own personal experience of someone close to her, who is going through transitioning and are transgender.
Also in december 2015, Jackie released a cover of Taylor Swift's song 'Safe & Sound' from the movie 'The Hunger Games - The Civil Wars'.
In january 2017, Jackie released a CD titled 'Together We Stand', with three songs on it. Jackie said that 'Through the sale of this music I will be making a donation to charities in support of my sister Juliet. Help me support LGBT'.
Jackie Evancho has a voice big enough to fill Madison Square Garden, but she adapts it perfectly to the intimate surroundings of the Café Carlyle in april 2017. At 17 years old, Jackie is the youngest performer to play the room, yet she is as poised and talented as any adult who’s been there before her.
Jackie Evancho led a TV special in August 2017, on the TLC television network, called 'Growing Up Evancho', focusing on the Evanchos' efforts to secure transgender rights. In the TV special you will meet the hole Evancho family.
Jackie Evancho is a proud supporter of her transgender sister Juliet Evancho and the struggle for transgender equality, it would be fantastic if we could have a world and a society of equal opportunities for all regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation, and where this is embodied in human rights, which is accepted and respected by all.
Jackie Evancho is in many ways a typical young adult, she splits her time between Pittsburgh where her family lives and New York where she lives now, so that she can be closer to the creative community while at the same time being close to her family. She is continuing her education in the midst of touring and recording. Jackie's heart opens itself to more than music.
In 2017, Jackie has announced that she signed a new record deal with Sony and that her next release, titled 'Two Hearts', is set to debut the 31 march 2017. It is expected to consist of an "album of classical crossover songs – with an EP attached of pop tunes" she has written.
Jackie didn't move on to the finals round on 'America Got Talent - The Champions'. Jackie wrote on Twitter: Thank you for the love and support over my AGT performance tonight. Im very proud but I'm sorry you didn't get to hear my most favorite part & the highest notes of the performance that was edited out! I'm bummed.
Jackie is now 18 years old and responsible for her own life and recently moved to New York where she can focus more on work and also live in a creative environment and ready for a fresh start in what she is calling 2019 her “Year of Truth”. Jackie want to learn and grow. Jackie's love for music is profound – it’s what drives her and transforms her. Jackie learned and been through so much, but this is her journey and she look forward to a bright future for the next phase of her life. But growing up as a child star has not been easy for Jackie, read about 'The dark side of child stardom'.
In january 2019 Jackie said that she also suffered from an eating disorder when she hit puberty.
Jackie said she had been able to hide her eating disorder from her family for two years but eventually, her parents noticed she was skipping meals and not eating for days at a time. Jackie opened up about the hardships she faced growing up in the spotlight but said she has no regrets and hopes to use her own struggles to be a role model forother young girls.
Despite being eliminated at 'America Got Talent - The Champions' after a breathtaking performance of 'The Music of the Night' from the musical 'Phantom of the Opera', Jackie will appear in the finale of 'America Got Talent - The Champions' on the 18'th of february 2019 to perform with 'Somewhere', the classic West Side Story ballad from her upcoming album of contemporary Broadway covers, 'The Debut'.
Jackie released a new album the 12 april 2019, with the title 'The Debut'. Jackie said about this album: 'Fans can expect new material, that I think caters to both young and old,' Jackie says about continuing her success. 'I finally get to have full control of the direction I want to go in now that I’m 18. It’s an album of songs taken from contemporary Broadway musicals – like Hamilton, Greatest Showman, Dear Evan Hansen, etc,' she adds. 'As an 18-year-old, I feel I have something unique to say with these songs [and] people tend to take my ideas a bit more seriously with the new age.'
The 12 april 2019, Jackie released a video with a fantastic version of 'Burn' from the musical 'Hamilton. Jackie basically took a really famous song and kind of put a modern twist to it because it's basically older-fashioned.
Jackie Evancho is no longer the child prodigy, Jackie has blossomed into one of the greatest vocal talents in the world today.
And you can be sure that you are going to hear a lot more to Jackie Evancho in the future, Jackie's dream has only just begun ....
Keep dreaming Jackie.....