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maxresdefault[1]This blog is dedicated to offer words of admiration for a very talented singer named Jackie Evancho.  In addition, this blog will contain links to information, videos, and pictures to help connect the reader with Jackie.  I welcome all fans and admirers to contribute respectful comments and / or experiences that they have to share.  I believe that it is important to celebrate this wonderful person.  She is an incredible singer and has a charming personality.  She also has a great gift from God – an incredible singing voice.

As the author of this blog I will give you a bit of insight into who I am.  I am just a regular person who goes to work every day and comes home to a wonderful family.  I am a Software Engineer by trade.  However, I hold a Bachelor of Music Education degree.  I understand that is a strange combination, but that is another story.  My first love has always been with listening and performing music, but Software Engineering pays the bills.  I am excited about each of these aspects of who I am, whether I am working on a software project or performing as Principal Clarinetist with the concert band that I play in; I do the best that I can at both and approach each with equal passion.  In addition, I consider myself a devoted husband and father who is inspired by God throughout my day.  I have grown into a deep love of my relationship with God and embrace my Catholic faith as part of that relationship.  It is in this faith that I draw upon for my views on life in recognition of the awesome gifts that God reveals to me every day.

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  1. Festo Donald Ngadaya
    May 01, 2015 @ 07:12:29

    I got many thing to tell jackie.. can she please find me via my email..
    Am from east africa in a country known as Tanzania
    Thanks

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  2. Jeff
    Dec 29, 2015 @ 18:06:56

    Hello there again VarnK, Jeff here. I wrote a while back that Jackie hadn’t been to Denver but you showed me she had been and you said that she may be back again sometime. So you were right Varnk. This December 15, 2015 she came to the Boettcher Concert Hall in Down Town Denver, CO. I’ve watched her so many times on YouTube walking out onto a stage to give one of her concerts. I must say VarnK, being there to see her live, walking out onto the Boettcher Hall stage was more than serial for me, just a huge WOW! You know what I mean?? The weather was terrible that night; snowing all the way to concert; it took me over an hour to get there and I was able to do that because I drive a 4X4. I live in Greeley, CO. which is actually closer to the Wyoming border than it is to Denver. At the onset of the concert Jackie profusely thanked the fans that could make it for being there despite the weather. As a matter of fact VarnK, I was the only one present on the short Mezzanine row I was sitting in, but I know the whole row was sold out as mine was the last ticket to purchase on that row. It must’ve been a queer site to Jackie looking up from on stage to see just one person sitting in an otherwise empty row. It was a lot of fun for me as Jackie would periodically look at me, the sole fan in the row, and smile. Very cool indeed, I loved it very much. I was on the first Mezzanine so it wasn’t that high up, but really quite a perfect seat. I know she had been working on training her voice to hit an even higher octave than she could previously hit. As I have been told, the octave she was trying for, there are about 5, is all, opera singers that can actually hit the note she was trying for. Well VarnK, to my ecstatic surprise, she hit it. She didn’t start out lower and work up to the note, but no, she took on quick little breath and belted it out in a perfect pitch, unbelievably high. The whole crowd jumped to their feet applauding very loudly. Jackie could only giggle, with an ear to ear smile. She truly is an amazing talent to be sure. Jeff.

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    • VarnK
      Dec 29, 2015 @ 18:58:57

      Thanks for the comment Jeff. Glad you finally got to experience Jackie for her return to Denver. I’ve read many great posts from other fans like yourself who also had a wonderful experience at that concert.

      Regards,
      Ken

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  3. Steven Carter
    Dec 29, 2015 @ 20:38:19

    I too was fortunate to have been able to make it to Jackie’s concert in Denver. I-25 was treacherous coming up from Colorado Springs, but I along with my granddaughter and daughter-in-law made it to our seats with 10 minutes to spare. We were seated nine rows back from the stage and a little left of center. They were wonderful seats. The audio system and acoustics in Boettcher Concert Hall are excellent allowing for an almost pure conveyance of Jackie’s incredible voice. The Colorado Symphony Orchestra was tuned and ready. So everything was as good as it gets and then it got even better when Jackie took to the stage immediately after Maestro Dragon. I had seen Jackie at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk earlier this year in late Spring and it was splendid. In the intervening seven months Jackie’s voice has grown stronger and bolder even as it continues to be delivered with a sweetness that no words can describe. She had obviously grown in stature as well and looked absolutely beautiful, exuding her gift of connection with every member of the audience. She sang a nice mix of Christmas and holiday songs along with some of her favorites from her three studio cd’s. All her songs were sung with conviction and assuredness as she continues to grow. She completed my top “bucket list” item when she announced to the audience that she was once going to sing a song, that many had requested: Nessun Dorma from Pucinni’s, Turnadot opera. I was ecstatic! I had just mentioned to my daughter-in-law how wonderful it would be if she were sing that particular song. And then she says that’s what she’s going to sing next and hope’s everyone would enjoy it. Wow! I sat back and was immersed in an experience I’ll never forget. Jackie’s voice has not only extended in range it has a developed a power that reaches into and connects with your soul. Her nuances of tone and vibrato are exquisite. One of the most difficult, but most cherished of opera music pieces ever performed, Jackie lit up the concert hall with a stellar performance that brought the audience to its feet with a thunderous ovation and applause and even many in the orchestra showed their appreciation for an exceptional performance. I think Jackie was caught a little off guard by the reception she received as she thanked the audience for their applause. Jackie completed what was the best ever concert I’d seen (7) with the singing of her encore, The Lord’s Prayer. It was again sung with sensitivity and devotion in a way that connects everyone there to the Divine. Jackie has a unique ability of casting an umbrella of love over her audience when she performs. The outside world ceases to exist for the time of her concert. Jackie is without a doubt on her way to becoming the world’s premier soprano singer. Some would say she already is. My belief is that as she continues to grow in body as she will considering her young age of 15, her voice will too. I hope I hang around long enough to see what she evolves into at 25, 35… and beyond. But for now, I will continue to be enthralled by the beauty and awesomely talented young lady we know as Jackie Marie Evancho. I will be forever thankful for being in this life when her soul chose to come back accompanied by the divine talent gifted her.

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  4. Daniel Paulson
    Apr 03, 2016 @ 20:50:16

    I just want to say that Jackie has made a great impact on me, and encouraged me to follow my dream of being a Cover artist.

    yours,
    Daniel Paulson

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  5. John
    Dec 14, 2016 @ 23:23:05

    please don’t sell your soul by performing for Donald Trump

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  6. Ron Barley
    Dec 21, 2016 @ 11:20:36

    Jackie is singing for her Flag and Country >>not a party , only a shallow person would think otherwise

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  7. Fred Bradley
    Dec 21, 2016 @ 16:00:13

    Mr. John, you have to be some kind of idiot to think that Jackie is singing for Donald Trump the individual. She is singing for a very prestigious ceremony and she is correct in feeling honored to have been chosen to sing at this event. Time to wake up and realize that Donald Trump will be our next president and all the whining and second guessing will not change one thing.

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  8. Jim Good
    Apr 06, 2017 @ 14:09:07

    Hi Varn – I have written a review of Jackie’s recent Seattle concert at the Triple door. I would like to submit it for consideration as a blog on your site. How would I do this?

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    • VarnK
      Apr 06, 2017 @ 14:16:30

      Jim. I don’t typically post reviews from others as blog entries here, since the blog posts that I make are of my own experiences. However, you may post your review as a comment here if you wish. I would just have to approve it.

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  9. Jim Good
    Apr 06, 2017 @ 17:21:31

    Triple Door, Friday March 24, 2017
    Just Jackie
    This is a review of the Jackie Evancho Seattle concert at the Triple Door, Friday, March 24, 2017, 7:00 PM show.
    Others have written brilliantly about Jackie’s live events – her sound, her craft, her magic and her “effect”. Here the focus will be less on the soaring vocals, but more on the venue, the crowd, the setting, the song selection – things that you won’t get from a Youtube clip or even a review. I am going to assume some degree of exposure to Jackie’s internet content – videos, interviews, and articles. I invested a couple of all night train rides and 4 months of allowance to see Jackie at the Triple Door in Seattle. She doesn’t come to the Northwest much, so when the news came that she would be coming to Seattle’s Triple Door, I booked. Yep, they actually have three doors into the main dining/concert room. Like New York’s Café Carlyle, the Triple Door is foremost a restaurant, and it is a good place to dine the night of the concert. You won’t have to worry about getting to the show on time. The floor plan is descending semicircles of booths. Not a bad seat in the place. Capacity is a little over 250. It is not oneof the grand concert halls that we have been use
    to seeing Jackie grace. The acoustics could have been a little better, but in general it was respectable.
    I dined at the “counter” right in front of the stage – front seating – even paid extra. Was to the left and had a great view of Jackie’s shoes. She kicked them off for the encore, Nessum Dorma, complaining that they hurt her feet with a “something should be done about this.” Well she had been on stage for hour plus at that point. Who can blame her?
    The stage was minimal – a piano for Peter, a stool for water, and a mic for Jackie. A flower would have been nice, but it wasn’t there. Jackie wore a simple black dress with a ruffle at the knees. That was it. No elaborate sets of the AGT or BGT days, no orchestra, just Peter, Jackie, and the stool with no flower. There was just enough to put on the show – no distractions, intensely simple, just Jackie.
    Because I was so far to the left, I could see Jackie as she entered stage right. Peter was playing, and I saw her in the wings. She walked right up to the edge of the stage shadow, paused, took a step back, and then forward into the light. I wouldn’t say the place went wild, but was respectably enthusiastic. After all what can you do sitting at a booth with dinner in front of you? At least I had a chair and could stand if I wanted to. The crowd was not quite what I expected. To my left were a couple of home-schooled brothers on both ends of 20. This was a birthday present from older brother. On my right was an airline gal on her way to home to Montana, just in from Hong Kong. She was an inauguration fan, but already well steeped in Youtube Jackie. Right behind me was a geek kind of guy with 5 gorgeous ladies to make a full table. They were younger, 25 – 35. How did he do that? Must be “Jackie appeal”. The rest of the front stage counter were white males in their 50’s, 60’s and beyond. I am part of the “beyond”. Ahead of me in line was a middle-aged couple who were treating their teenage daughter and young adult son. The rest of the crowd seemed to be of all ages.
    Jackie’s song selection was as advertised, but with an autobiographical twist. She started out with a Classical Crossover number, followed by a few pop songs from Two Hearts – Safe and Sound and Pedestal. I think Jackie started going autobiographical with Pedestal. She sang with much emotion and body language melancholy. I got the feeling that she was singing of her own “pedestal”. She sang of “bitter sweet”, “my make believe”, “I am me, but are you, you?”, “save me from my pedestal,” “free me from my pedestal” and “All I can do is wonder why”. This was one of its first public performances. Earlier she sang “O Mio Babbino Caro”. She introduced it with a comment about the “lip syncing” accusations and asked us to judge for ourselves. It must be hard to be so perfect that people can’t believe you are real. And when they have to accept that you are real, what do you get? The Pedestal!
    The most telling biographical piece was “Impossible Dream”. Jackie and Peter put this together with a crescendo of emotion and power. Peter was literally coming off his piano bench. Jackie stepped it up a notch with exceptional energy, in voice and body language. I got the feeling that the song described her current state and reflected very recent events. In some sense she really is living the impossible dream. The inauguration brought out the wrath of the “unbeatable foe” as she “went where the brave dare not go”. Her family seems steeled to bear the “unbearable sorrow”. With her defense of her sister, she is trying “to right the unrightable wrong.”
    The path off the mountaintop was “The Way We Were”. This is a pensive song to begin with, but Jackie rendered it even more so. It was as if she was remembering “the way she was” knowing that those days are behind her, but some how longing to be off her pedestal and to live once again the life she enjoyed before she became so famous – swinging on her swing and holding her pet ducks. I can’t imagine there was a dry eye in the place. The guy a couple of chairs over was wiping his eyes as if someone had tossed water in his face. Maybe we were all remember the way we were in earlier times of carefree days, sunny afternoons and … For me it brought back memories of seeing Barbra Streisand in the movie in the early seventies, and the way I was back then.
    Then there was the encore, Nessum Dorma. It gave us all a transition back to reality – something familiar yet still exceptional, an aria that had to be heard and a high note that was hard to believe, a thunderous response, a curtsy, and she was gone.
    People lingered a bit. A few hard-core types came over to talk about how far they had come, and was I staying for the next show? But no one had traveled all night on a train like I had. So I didn’t feel out of my league, but still there was Jackie laying herself bare as I never would. I made my way back to Hotel Seattle to ponder it all. But in the end, it was – just Jackie.

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    • VarnK
      Apr 06, 2017 @ 21:02:08

      Thanks for posting your concert experience.

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      • Anonymous
        Apr 07, 2017 @ 10:44:00

        I may have been incorrect as people find out now it seems Jackie sang the NA for a pay back from Mr Trump or favor for her sister not her Country or flag , people are learning more of this girl it seems , not good PR

  10. Jim Good
    Apr 10, 2017 @ 13:23:45

    From this site’s purpose statement: “This blog is dedicated to offer words of admiration for a very talented singer named Jackie Evancho. In addition, this blog will contain links to information, videos, and pictures to help connect the reader with Jackie. I welcome all fans and admirers to contribute positive comments and / or experiences that they have to share. ” Anonymous’ April 7, 2017 comment (above) seems to me to violate this site’s stated requirement for “positive comment and/or experiences”. I have to also wonder if Anonymous is really a fan. Please consider removing it.

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    • VarnK
      Apr 10, 2017 @ 13:55:31

      I don’t think it is an issue for people to express their opinion as long as it is respectfull, constructive and not hateful. The person posting that comment expressed their opinion without being disrespectful.

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  11. Jim Good
    Apr 10, 2017 @ 14:04:36

    One can be respectful and not be positive. Looks like you are changing the purpose of your site. Maybe you should correct the site’s purpose replacing the wording of positive with respectful. We can agree to disagree. It is you site to moderate as you see fit. I do think the site’s stated purpose should reflect your moderation values though – just saying…

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    • VarnK
      Apr 10, 2017 @ 14:14:46

      I make judgment calls all the time on this site. It is my site and I do my best to moderate it as I see fit. If I tried to accommodate everyone’s take on how it should be run I would have dozens of conflicting ideas. Thus, I do what I feel is best to discern what should and should not appear here. The About section is a guideline based on keeping comments civil. I’ll consider your suggestion.

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  12. Jim Good
    Apr 10, 2017 @ 16:16:19

    Thank you. I very much enjoy your site. I visit it at least once a day. Blessings.

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