Let's Learn From the Past: Jackie Evancho April 12, 2012 12:01 am By Brady Smith / History Center communications manager
From Lena Horne to Christina Aguilera, Pittsburgh boasts a rich tradition of female vocalists who have influenced American popular music. But few have achieved fame at such a young age like Pittsburgh native Jackie Evancho.
Jackie was first inspired to sing after seeing a film version of "The Phantom of the Opera" just before her 8th birthday. She began to sing around the house, and before long, her parents, Lisa and Michael Evancho, entered her in a local talent competition. When the young soprano finished in second place behind singer more than 10 years older, the Evanchos realized their daughter possessed a special gift.
Jackie sang at local events and was a member of the Children's Festival Chorus. Her family eventually created a YouTube channel to post her performances. Her videos received thousands of views and generated additional event bookings throughout the nation.
The videos also caught the eye of record producer David Foster, who had worked with superstars such as Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Madonna. Mr. Foster, who would later produce one of Jackie's records, "Dream With Me," handpicked her to participate in the Hitman Talent Search Contest in late 2009. She appeared in front of thousands at the David Foster & Friends Concert one month later at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
Her big break came in 2010 when she won a contest on YouTube to audition on the hit TV show "America's Got Talent." She performed a stunning rendition of Puccini's "O mio babbino caro," which received a standing ovation and blew away the celebrity judges.
She advanced to the finals and drew another standing ovation after singing "Ave Maria" in her final performance. Although she placed second to crooner Michael Grimm, it was clear a star was born.
Soon after, Jackie signed with Columbia Records, and her "O Holy Night" EP debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling more than 1 million copies to date. She earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest top three album act and broke other long-standing records worldwide. Jackie has toured the globe and performed for luminaries such as President Barack Obama, the Japanese royal family and Muhammad Ali.
In 2011, she returned to Pittsburgh to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to the NHL Winter Classic at Heinz Field and give a sold-out performance at the Benedum Center.
Recently, in addition to a nationwide tour, 12-year-old Jackie was selected to play Robert Redford's daughter in the upcoming movie "The Company You Keep."
The Heinz History Center will honor Jackie as the youngest History Maker at the 20th Annual History Makers Award Dinner Friday at the Westin Convention Center. Other honorees are Chip Ganassi, Ronald Davenport, Michael Fisher and Stephen Tritch. Tickets: Mark Burnett at 412-454-6405 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Howard Stern who is taking Pierce Morgan's place on Americs's got Talent said if he was a judge Jackie Evancho would have won because he wouldn't put up with these sad story nonsense. I think if he could cut the sad stories out he may be the best judge yet.
I believe Howard Stern is speaking from a position of being 20 / 20. Besides, did Jackie really lose? I think that coming in second like Susan Boyle gives cause to believe that being voted second in a competition can mean having a first place future.
IMO, comparing Howard Stern to Pierce Morgan is like comparing a trash can to a bottle of cologne.
Guys, I am concerned that Bob Sylvester (sylvester88) has been silent for about two weeks. Does anyone have any information about his welfare. I messaged him here, and on Jackiefans.net, but no response.
Nicola or John, don't you guys have his email address? If so, would you please send him a note expressing our concern?
Remember Chris Mann tweeted wants to do a duet w/ Jackie, yesterday she duetted w/ Jackie's fellow Pittsburgher @ The Voice. From Amazon JE Forum:
Posted on May 8, 2012 1:38:49 PM PDT Last edited by the author 4 minutes ago Peabody Sherman says: Yesterday, the operatic-trained singer Chris Mann, finalist in "The Voice", just made a big time classical crossover statement on the pop-orientated TV (NBC) talent show with his duet of the "Prayer" and his solo "You Raise me Up." Lots of activity occurred and is still occurring on the Internet social networks following his performance. If Chris Mann wins "The Voice" tonight against pop singers, he will a make big statement for classical crossover, and change American perceptions regarding classical music. And, Jackie will be a major beneficiary of the changed perception.
BTW, his duet of the "Prayer" with Christina Aguilera, IMO, happens to be one of the better renditions of the song.
from Carolyn Lane @ FB open grp(MUSIC OF JACKIE EVANCHO):
HOME > ENTERTAINMENT Posted: 5:16 p.m. Thursday, May 10, 2012 Q & A with 'America's Got Talent' star Jackie Evancho By Carly Noel
PITTSBURGH — "America's Got Talent" star Jackie Evancho has risen to the top of the entertainment industry after her appearance on the NBC summer show.
The young Richland Township native has platinum and gold records and will soon make her acting debut, playing Robert Redford’s daughter in “The Company You Keep."
I met Jackie when she was on the fifth season of "America's Got Talent." My See & Be Seen partner at the time, Jessica Fera, and I followed her journey in Los Angeles. Since then, I've kept in touch with Jackie and her family. I tell Jackie all of the time that I'm very proud of her.
Before the premiere of the seventh season of "America's Got Talent," I asked Jackie some questions.
Q & A WITH JACKIE:
Q: Are you looking forward to the premiere of “America’s Got Talent?" A. Definitely. I even get butterflies when I hear the theme music.
Q. What do you enjoy most when watching the show? Are there acts you like better than others? A. I enjoy watching the acts. I like all types of acts. Sometimes they really surprise me.
Q. Howard Stern is the new judge this year. What kind of judge do you think he’ll be? Tough, nice or funny? A. I think he’ll be funny and fun. Plus, he looks really cool!
Q. What was your relationship like with Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel when you were on the show in 2010? A. They were all great and very supportive. It has been nice being able to see Sharon on her talk show, as well as Piers. Now that the live shows are going to be closer, I want to go and sit in the audience and watch.
Q. You were the runner-up in 2010. What advice can you give new contestants? A. I would say, be confident in your ability and don’t do it to win. Do it because you love what you do.
Q. You’ve been so successful since being on AGT. Do you thank AGT for the exposure? A. Definitely! That show made me. Without AGT, I wouldn’t be touring, seeing all kinds of new places, working with such amazing people or be with a big record label. I definitely thank them!
Q. What’s was the key to continuing your success after the show? A. I think the key is that I continue to work hard at being the best I can be and not getting full of myself. I have an amazing team around me that finds me great opportunities.
Q. Since AGT, you’ve released albums and are going to be in a movie with Robert Redford. Give me the scoop on your projects. A. Well, I’m still doing concerts. I’ve been to Japan, met the royal family and sang for the President at the National Prayer Breakfast. I’ll be going to Russia to do a concert with two amazing artists. I’m recording new music for my new CD, and I’m now going to be the face of GUESS Kids.
Q. Since AGT, you’ve been on a bunch of national television shows and performed across the country. What were some of your favorite appearances? A. I enjoy going on all of the shows. All of the hosts are really nice. I especially like going on Sharon’s show because it’s nice to see her. I also really like Jay Leno’s show. I always have fun there. Other appearances I enjoyed were "Oprah" and most recently "Dancing with the Stars." Now I want to be a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars."
Q. While you’re one of the most famous young ladies out there, every time I’m with you, you’re so down to earth. Is it hard trying to be a normal kid? A. It’s not hard being normal. The only thing I do different than any others kids is sing in front of a lot of people.
Q. What do you do for fun when you’re home in the Pittsburgh area? A. I mainly play with my family, friends and pets.