About Jackie Evancho:
Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho is 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. She and her family live 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.
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.
Jackie's debut album 'O Holy Night', was released in november 2010 and it was the year's number one best-selling debut albums with sales of over 1 million copies and Jackie recived a platinum plate.
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'. With a new recording of 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.
In april 2016, Jackie released a new song, 'Apocalypse' that takes her in a truly pop direction. 'Apocalypse' is Jackie's fifth single (and video) from Jackie's new upcoming album that will come out this Summer. What a fantastic song.
On the 4'th of july 2016, Jacke gave a amazing preformance with 'God Bless America' at A Capitol Fourth, Washington.
Jackie released her sixth full-length studio album, 'Someday at Christmas', on October 28, 2016 on the Sony Masterworks label. The album consists of nine previously released tracks, including collaborations with Plácido Domingo, Peter Hollens and Vittorio Grigolo, and two new tracks, "Someday at Christmas" and "Little Drummer Boy".
Also in october 2016, Jackie Evancho & Peter Hollens recorded a duet together from Peter Hollen's cd 'A Hollens Family Christmas', the songs is John Lennon's christmas song 'Happy Xmas (War is over)'.
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'.
Also in January 2017, Jackie sang the american national anthem 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at Donald J. Trump’s inauguration as the president of The United States.
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 Evancho is in many ways a typical teenager. She is continuing her education in the midst of touring and recording. And her heart opens itself to more than music. Jackie is a proud supporter of her transgender sister Juliet and the struggle for transgender equality.
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.....