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Jackie Evancho: "Words Can't Describe How Amazing Singing Is"

Jun 1, 2011 at 9:04 AM Chime in now

Jackie Evancho

By MARIKA WASHCHYSHYN

Eleven-year-old Jackie Evancho from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, took North America by storm in last season’s America’s Got Talent, finishing in second. Since then she has worked with a number of industry heavyweights on her first album Dream With Me to be released June 14th. The album features Canadian and Grammy award winning producer David Foster, plus songs with Barbra Streisand, and Susan Boyle from Britain’s Got Talent.

Yesterday, she joined iVillage before performing in Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto to promote the new season of America’s Got Talent, airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Citytv (and premiering last night). Citytv also announced that they would also be airing the first season of Canada’s Got Talent next year.

Here’s what we learned from the smart, humble and sweet girl.

Q: What was your first passion?
A: Singing. I have been starting to write and I have taken interest in dancing but it’s just because I’ve seen other dancers do it.

Q: What kind of dancing?
A: Pop dancing but it doesn’t really matter.

Q: Where do you see passion every day?
A: Between me, my brother and my mom I always see it, every single day. Jacob and I play a lot, and when we get hurt, we both make sure that we’re ok and we hug each other. And with my mom it’s just, every second of the day, hugs and kisses. It really helps us get through it.

Q: Who is an inspiring (and passionate) woman to you?
A: My mommy.

Q: Because she’s so loving and supportive?
A: Yeah some, and because she just knows what to do with anything. When someone’s sad, when someone’s in pain, when someone’s happy, she’s just the best.

Q: What was it like working with Canadian David Foster on your album?
A: It was amazing. David Foster is one of the greatest people I know because he’s just so fun to be with and he makes the record so great, and I have to say – I really hope to do all my records with him because he’s such a joy to be around and he does it so well.

Q: How do you ensure singing is always something that’s fun? How do you not let it get too “business” for you?
A: Um…I don’t know, my parents really handle that so. Oh, we bring my brothers and sisters along sometimes. There are four of us.

Q: Was this always something you wanted to do?
A: This was always something I wanted to do and, yeah that’s pretty much it. This is just something I’ve always wanted to do. It’s something that will never change, and the passion for it that I have is just…super. Superb, or whatever, I don’t know what word…the words can’t describe how amazing it is.

Q: What’s it like to inspire young artists just like yourself?
A: It feels really good because I feel that I’m doing the right thing, not only for myself but for others as well, and it makes me super happy.

Q: What’s the last thing that made you laugh really hard?
A: Well…when my brother and I were playing on the trampoline and he landed really weird.
Jacob: Yeah I like landed…and I went boom, flipped and flat on my back.
A: And sometimes when I go high and I’m supposed to land like this but I land and my foot is bent and my body is twisted and it finally gives out!

Q: But it didn’t hurt though?
A: Nope!

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans? There are so many people waiting outside!
A: I would like to say thank you so much for supporting me in everything that I do, and I couldn’t have any fan that was better than you.

Jackie performed three numbers, When You Wish Upon a Star, All I Ask of You, and Angel from her new album to a transfixed and emotional crowd.

 


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