By: Jen Russon
Just ten-years-old when she rose to fame on America’s Got Talent, Jackie Evancho is all grown up now, and still singing her heart out.
Now 18, Evancho is best known for top Billboard charting songs, like O Holy Night and classic crossover tunes from the silver screen.
A mix between Hollywood siren and Christmas angel, Evancho is hard to miss on stage with her shimmery dresses, halo of blonde hair and symphony orchestra behind her. She has enchanted millions in three solo PBS concerts, and is, to date, the youngest person to give a solo concert at Lincoln Center in New York City, where she now lives.
Evancho has produced records with David Foster, who helped contemporaries like Josh Grobin rise to fame. Her album Dream With Me featured duets with Barbara Streisand and Britain’s Got Talent super star, Susan Boyle.
Songs from the 2011 album, Dream with Me, will no doubt figure into her concert tour this spring, as will vocals from her most recent 2017 album, Two Hearts. Evancho cut the Two Hearts album on the heels of her spotlight performance at Trump’s Presidential inauguration, helping cement her as a household name.
This year, her live concert tour includes a medley of Italian opera, as well as more contemporary cover songs and movie themes. Fans will hear Enya’s “May It Be” from Lord of the Rings, Celine Dion’s “Have You Ever Been in Love” and Taylor Swift’s “Safe and Sound”.
Her musical stylings are a repertoire of classical arias and pop classics that she handpicked to suit her unique voice – a voice her family recognized as special when, as a little girl, Evancho belted out songs from Phantom of the Opera.
Her concerts show her ability to shift from more simple songs like Disney’s “When You Wish Upon A Star” to Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma,” and other arias that made the career of Envacho’s mega famous predecessors, like Pavarotti and Kathleen Battle.
Since moving to the Big Apple in January, the young star has announced her first tour there, set for April.
“As for my first show in NYC as an adult, I’m incredibly excited! This will be my first show in my new hometown. I’m proud to call myself a New Yorker,” Evancho said.
But right now, Evancho will be right here in the Sunshine State, kicking off her Florida tour in South Florida on Thursday, March 14 7:30 p.m. at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts. Tickets are $42.80 – $64.20 at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts located at 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs.
Jen Russon is a freelance writer and English Language Arts teacher. She has published two novels to Amazon Kindle and lives in Coral Springs with her family.