Teenage vocal sensation comes to The Palladium

Jackie Evancho gained her claim to fame on “America’s Got Talent” at age 10. (Submitted photo)

Jackie Evancho gained her claim to fame on “America’s Got Talent” at age 10. (Submitted photo)

Jackie Evancho, discovered on ‘America’s Got Talent’ at age 10, will sing classical songs 

By Adam Aasen

In some ways, Jackie Evancho is your average 14-year-old. Right now, she’s studying for her finals as the school year comes to a close. She is about to take her Keystone Exams – Pennsylvania’s standardized test, just like Indiana’s ISTEP exams. She likes to go to movies with her friends, play with her four dogs and go to church with her family every Sunday.

But she also performed in front of President Obama at the lighting of the White House Christmas Tree and she has acted in a film with Robert Redford.

And with her 2010 release, Evancho became the youngest solo artist in history to go platinum.

Ever since she sang on “America’s Got Talent” at age 10, Evancho has been touring the country and filling concert halls. She hits the notes throughout the scales and sings with a precise skill comparable to trained vocalists who have studied for decades.

Evancho will bring her warm soprano voice to the Palladium on June 1.

She’s performing a weekend show because her parents try to limit her performances on weekdays. After learning through online school for years as she toured, Evancho said she started back up in public school in January. Now her parents want her to have time to be a normal teenager.

“My parents don’t have to overload my schedule because they do want me to have time at home and be a normal kid,” she said.

Of course, when you spend your weekends singing to thousands of people, it’s hard to blend in. Evancho said it’s nice to make new friends, but sometimes it can be, “annoying because there is always the middle school drama now.”

There’s the typical teenage drama of girls being jealous of other girls. But Evancho said she’s grateful to meet people who like her for who she is, not because she has released four albums. And to those that might prejudge her, it’s their loss, she said.

“People won’t give me the time of day to know me. That’s why I have such few friends, but the friends I do have are really good friends,” she said. “I’m really happy with the friends I have. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

As she’s gotten older, Evancho said she’s received a lot more responsibility and she really enjoys taking charge of her career. She loves working with charities such as the Humane Society and traveling the country, but she eschews the celebrity attitude and lifestyle. To her, the reason she loves the job is because she loves to perform. Ever since she watched the movie version of “The Phantom of the Opera,” she said she wanted to sing on stage. And when she performs, everything else melts away.

“When I’m on stage, I don’t actually think of anything,” she said. “That’s why I say the music possesses me. I sometimes don’t even remember what happened.”

She’s got a lot on her plate, but Evancho said the busy schedule never becomes overwhelming. It’s still fun to her.

“My parents always tell me, ‘We’ll do the stressing. You do the performing,’” she said.

Jackie Evancho and Symphony Orchestra perform Songs from the Silver Screen ● 7 p.m., June 1 ● The Palladium in Carmel ● Tickets start at $68 ● For more information call 843-3800 or visit www.thecenterfortheperformingarts.org

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2 Responses

  1. Eric Hamel says:

    Jackie, you are an amazing person! Just FYI: One can be popular or even famous and have thousands of acquaintances, but you’re lucky to have family who gathers about you, and a handful of “friends” in this life. Cherish them!

  2. tacoma says:

    Jackie was born with great beauty of life – personality, physical look, that *voice*, an understanding and performance in music far beyond her years. Revealed to the world at 10, this is a rare package indeed. The Royal family of Japan found it compelling to invite her to sing a command performance at age 11 – a singular event. She of course loves the fun and excitement, but we the public must also appreciate that Jackie would not be in today’s position without smarts and much hard work on her part. I think her family knows this is more than just do music – they probably appreciate a certain obligation to share Jackie’s gifts to the world so that others can be happy with her as well. Music is about happiness of the mind and soul.

    Interviewers have been asking Jackie about ‘normal life’ almost non-stop. Because there is nothing normal about such a prodigy of prodigies. We the public must respect her right for a healthy, educated and happy upbringing, and limit our calls for ever more concerts, ever higher performance levels. Such demands, or such desires by many musicians, have frequently led to excess and ruins. The world thanks not only exquisite Jackie, but the wisdom of her parents.

    Thus much said, I do look forward to JME’s new CD album, related tours and shows.

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