Jackie Evancho is a classical crossover vocalist from the United States who rose to national prominence relatively early in her life. She was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and at the age of nine, she won the first place prize in the talent competition “Hitman Talent Hunt Contest,” which launched her musical career. Jackie’s self-titled debut album as an independent performer, which featured several classic song versions, was released in November 2009. She participated in the fifth season of “America’s Got Talent,” where she finished as the first runner-up, and she steadily built up a fan base on YouTube. She was signed to Columbia Records, and in 2010 she released her first studio album, titled “O Holy Night.” The record was a huge critical and financial success, and Jackie continued the winning streak with her six following albums. She was one of the most known faces in American classical singing before she turned 18 years old. Her albums have three charted first on the Billboard 200. She was asked to perform the American anthem at Donald Trump’s inauguration as president in 2017.
Youth and Early Career
Michael and Lisa Evancho welcomed Jackie into the world on April 9, 2000, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She came from a middle-class household where her father ran a personal video surveillance company. She is the second kid in the family to be born, and she has a younger brother and sister as well as an older transgender sister.
After she saw the movie “Phantom of the Opera,” at the age of 4, she developed an interest in classical music. She immediately fell in love with the craft of singing and began to practice alone. She ended up being a natural at it, and as a child, she began competing in a number of regional singing contests. After experiencing less-than-desirable success there, she began playing at other locations across the state, which helped her establish a small local following.
When Jackie reached 8, her parents first noticed the enormous talent she has. She subsequently took part in a regional talent competition called “Kean Idol,” where she came in the first place. After her partially successful stint, she realized the value of receiving professional singing instruction and enrolled in lessons.
She continued to play at many locations, including churches, schools, and family events, and she gained increasing popularity. She attended Pine Richland School District and managed to balance her work and academics. She started her own YouTube channel in 2009 and started posting videos of her performances there. She independently released an album called “Prelude to a Dream” which had her collection of timeless tunes.
She attracted the notice of a young music producer named David Foster in 2009, and he invited her to join him on his concert tour, “David Foster & Friends.” She also came in first place in the “Hitman Talent Hunt Contest.” Her YouTube fan base was already expanding steadily at the time, promising her future exposure.
She tried out for the fifth season of “America’s Got Talent” after being turned down twice, and the third time around, her talent paid off. She started out as one of the top candidates for victory, but in the end, she lost in the championship round and finished as the first runner-up. She received tremendous exposure through the show and rose to national prominence in the USA. According to an estimate, 16 million Americans watched her performances.
Jackie went on a national tour with “America’s Got Talent: Live Tour” to 10 cities following her moderately successful run on “America’s Got Talent.” After that, she signed a deal with Columbia Records and SYCO music, and she began creating her debut studio album.
Jackie Evancho’s Career
Jackie’s debut album, entitled “O Holy Night,” was published in November 2010 and immediately became a hit. Jackie became the youngest solo artist to make a top 10 chart debut when it debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. She went on to become the 2010 debut artist with the highest sales. The album went on to sell 2,39,000 copies in its first week of release and reached the top 3 slots on the Billboard Classical and Billboard Holiday Albums charts.
The promotion of the record on several platforms, including “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “The Today Show,” furthered its enormous success. Following the first album’s enormous popularity, the second one, named “Dream with Me,” was published in June 2011. The RIAA awarded the album a gold certification, and it debuted on the second slot of the Billboard 200.
Due to the album’s international popularity, Jackie was the youngest artist to ever make her UK top 5 debut. The CD included both original songs and renditions of several classical pieces, some of which Jackie herself had written the lyrics for. Many popular classical vocalists, like Barbra Streisand and Susan Boyle, contributed to the album’s popularity with their abilities.
Jackie started her first solo national tour in July 2011 to perform at 18 venues across the country and promote her CD. She released her Christmas CD, named “Heavenly Christmas,” in December 2011. This was her first album that didn’t enter the Billboard 200’s top 10 but continued to rule the Billboard Classical list. Finally, ‘Heavenly Christmas’ was ranked fourth on Billboard’s list of the best-selling classical CDs of the year.
In order to keep up, Jackie released her fourth full-length studio album, entitled “Songs from the Silver Screen,” in October 2012. The album featured Jackie’s interpretations of well-known songs from vintage movies like “The Lion King,” “Titanic,” “Moulin Rouge!” and “South Pacific.” Jackie became the youngest musician to ever have three Billboard top 10 albums when the album debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 chart.
Jackie released her subsequent album, named “Awakening,” in September 2014. This album stood out from her earlier work in numerous ways. Together with the classic covers of some contemporary songs, it included several classical song covers. Jackie’s cover of the song “Rains of Castemere” from the well-known fantasy drama series “Game of Thrones” was one of the album’s best-loved songs. The album debuted on the Billboard 200 rankings at position 17.
Jackie’s third Christmas album, titled “Someday at Christmas,” was published in October 2016. Both her fans and critics gave her mostly favorable reviews. It just about made the top 100 Billboard 200 list. It was ranked as 2016’s 27th best-selling album.
The title of Jackie’s eighth and final album to date, “Two Hearts,” was published in March 2017. The album made its debut at the top of the Billboard Classical charts and at position 100 on the Billboard 200. The advertisements appeared on TV programs like “New York Live,” “The View,” and “Today Show,” as well as during a live tour.
Jackie’s Individual Life
Due to Jackie Evancho’s youth, her mother travels with her whenever she performs or records in a studio.
Due to the startling vocal resemblance between her and singer Taylor Swift, she has been compared to her. She has enrolled in online coaching to complete her education because she was unable to balance her academics and career.
Estimated Net Worth
Jackie Evancho is a $4 million-dollar classical crossover vocalist from the United States. In addition to singing, Jackie Evancho also plays the violin and the piano.