A light-hearted categorization of Jackie fans

One thing that has always struck me about Jackie Evancho fans is the diversity of individuals who are part of the fan-base.  Jackie’s fans come from varied backgrounds – both professionally and personally.  Many of these individuals have found something special about Jackie’s music that has inspired them to become a fan in one way or another.  Fans range in age from young to old – with a fairly large number of fans seemingly in the over 50 category.  However,  It is not just one age group that is represented; It is a wide range of age groups – creating a diverse audience that is not hemmed in to one demographic.

For a very long time I have been trying to put together a list of categories to apply to Jackie fans.  I have observed so many great qualities in many of Jackie’s fans mostly through reading postings on Jackie Evancho forums and by meeting them at concerts.  It is one of the reasons why I love being a part of the Jackie fan community.  Over the years that I have been an active participant and observer of Jackie’s fan base, I have noticed some characteristics and titles that have stood out – prompting me to put together a list to whimsically describe the various fan-types that are part of this melting pot of people who admire Jackie Evancho.

So, here is my light-hearted attempt to give all of us fans a chance to look at all of the various ways that we contribute to the common Jackie fan-base.  Note, it is likely that many fans fall into multiple categories.

The Statisticians – This type of fan is primarily focused on the statistics of Jackie’s career.  Usually spends most of their time surfing the web looking for information relating to chart rankings, CD sales, current earnings, number of YouTube view counts, Number of likes, etc..

The Fact-finders – Similar to The Statisticians, but is primary looking at finding facts and information about Jackie.  This fan would be great at playing Trivial Pursuit – Jackie Evancho edition.

The News-watchers – May include Fact-finders.  This fan is looking for the latest and greatest news concerning Jackie.  They comb the web trying to find the newest story and hope that they will be the first one to discover it and share it with other fans.

The Gushers – This fan is beaming all the time from The Jackie Effect.  They are usually very positive people who are full of praise for everything Jackie.  Sometimes known to go over-the-top with their messages of affection in forum posts.  But, how can you blame them?  Probably most of Jackie’s fans have fallen into this category at one time or another.

The Analysts – These fans are usually trying to figure out why they are a fan and what it is about Jackie that draws them in.  They also strive to explain or understand “The Jackie Effect.”  These fans also analyze Jackie’s vocal patterns, and try to determine in a methodical explanation as to why Jackie’s voice makes so many fans weak in the knees.

The Musicologists – These are the fans who know music and know how to talk about music.  They may be professionals, amateurs, and/or highly educated in the field of music.  This could include vocalists and/or instrumentalists.  It could also include people who are familiar with the music entertainment business.

The Rookies – All fans start out here when they are still learning the ropes about Jackie. It’s always great to see a new fan emerge and to observe their wide-eyed amazement at all the new discoveries that they find out about Jackie.

The Protectionists – This fan is always on the watch for anyone or anything that could harm Jackie in some way.  If something alarms them, they probably make it a point to keep Jackie’s parents well-informed of anything suspicious.

The Crusaders – Similar to the Protectionists. These fans are the self-appointed monitors of content on the web as it relates to Jackie.  They make it a point to scan the internet for anything that could be deemed harmful or objectionable based on their standards.  If anyone makes a post or comment about Jackie that they do not agree with, they will be all over it – firing back a rebuttal post to defend their ideals about Jackie to the highest degree.

The Charitablists – Fans in this category do what they can to be charitable to other fans.  This may include giving out buttons, coins, posters, CDs, and even free concert tickets on occasion.  A very noble group of people who do everything that they can so that others get as much joy out of being a Jackie fan as they can.

The Spiritualists – These fans have discovered something about Jackie’s singing and humility that moves them spiritually in a way that connects them with their faith.  This connection also stems from Jackie’s own acknowledgment of the importance of her faith in God.  Many fans in this category also pray often for Jackie’s well being.

The Humorists – These fans provide the comic relief regarding Jackie.  They may write parodies or create humorous pictures that give others a chance to see the lighter side of Jackie fan affliction.

The Roadies – These fans attend numerous Jackie concerts (usually in the double digits).  These fans always get front row seats (or the best seats they can get) and get to at least 8 – 10 concerts per year, if not more.  Most of the roadies have also had numerous M&G’s with Jackie.

The Jackieheads – If anyone is familiar with the band Grateful Dead, this term was coined from the term Deadhead that is applied to Grateful Dead fans.  Jackieheads have been defined to be any fan who has attended more than one concert.  Tailgating at a concert in a VW tie-died minibus would be the epitome of a Jackiehead.

The JackieJunkies – Can’t get enough of Jackie?  Do you need a constant Jackie fix to get you through the day?  Then you might just be a Jackie Junkie.  One good thing about being a Jackie Junkie is there are no known ill-effects other than being constantly “high” on Jackie music.

The Evangels – Term created for Jackie Evancho fans by a Jackie fan in 2011.  Nobody is quite sure what it means to be an Evangel, but the explanation of the term was to combine Evancho with Angel to form the word Evangel.  Some have coined the term as a religious label and others see it as merely a term of affection.  If you look at the word from the literal sense, its meaning can be interpreted from the Greek definition; Bringing good news.  Jackie herself seems to have embraced the term and has used it on occasion to refer to her fans.

The Forumaholics – This type of fan is a frequent visitor to forums that discuss anything and everything Jackie.  They are constantly looking for new posts or messages about Jackie.  Many forumaholics also have an exuberant number of posts on forums, however some just read quietly behind the scenes without posting.

The Chatters – Group of fans who chat on-line about Jackie.  These fans frequently visit the chat room to share their immediate thoughts on the latest Jackie news, or just to discuss anything that can be thought of – usually keeping Jackie at the forefront of the conversation.

The Collectors – These fans make it a point to own every piece of Jackie merchandise that is available.  In some cases the collectors may even own several of the same pieces of merchandise.  The collectors have been known to spend large amounts of money on rare Jackie memorabilia such as signed and/or unsigned copies of Jackie’s first CD Titled “Prelude To a Dream” (PTAD) in addition to other items signed by Jackie.

The Writers – This group of fans are compelled to write stories, blog entries, parodies, poems, forum posts, and comments about Jackie.  For some people in this category writing has always been a part of their lives, and for others, The Jackie Effect turned them into writers.

The Artisans – Consists of Jackie fans who have artistic talent and use that talent to edit and enhance photos of Jackie using many creative techniques that showcase Jackie in numerous ways.  This also includes fans with a knack for producing unique and visually stunning videos that are truly amazing.

The Originals – These are the fans who have been following Jackie’s career before she made her debut appearance on America’s Got Talent (AGT).  Some of these fans were paying attention to Jackie from the very beginning, when Jackie’s first videos were posted on YouTube when she was just 8 years-old.  These fans have seen Jackie progress from an unknown child singing at nursing homes and small group events to venues that have had audiences with up to 100,000 people and TV appearances reaching  millions.

The Superfans – Consists of fans who have really put in a lot of their time, effort, and money to be a part of the Jackie experience.  These fans have gone to over 15 Jackie concerts, have met Jackie numerous times at M&G or chance meetings, bought Jackie CDs in bulk, have numerous signed Jackie items, own at least one or more copies of PTAD (signed by Jackie of course), and spend countless hours discovering everything they can about Jackie.  These fans are most likely recognized by Jackie as well as her parents.

And finally, The plain ol’ Jackie Fans – the catch-all category for all fans of Jackie.  Each and every one of us has found a special place in our hearts and/or minds for being a fan.  Some of us may know the reasons, and others are maybe still grappling with it.  Either way, Jackie has somehow pulled us together to form a melting pot of diverse individuals who have come to appreciate Jackie in some way.

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14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Steven Carter
    Jul 26, 2013 @ 23:47:35

    Nicely done. I believe you’ve touched all the bases when it comes to Jackie’s fan base. And where do you classify yourself in this categorized Jackie fandom?

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    • varnk
      Jul 26, 2013 @ 23:52:26

      Thanks Steven! I probably fall into several categories. I’ve probably been known to be a Gusher, a Spiritualist, a Musicologist, an Evangel, and probably have touched on a few other categories from time to time too. 😉

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      • Steven Carter
        Jul 27, 2013 @ 00:09:44

        Me too. And what better person than Jackie to be aligned with no matter the which category(s) we may fall in. I know that she helped restore my belief that within each of us resides the spark of God and all that that implies. I’ve seen her only four times but each was transformative. I’m taking my granddaughter to see her in October in Loveland, CO; she’s six and absolutely loves her. She too becomes transfixed when listening to her sing. Amazing… Namaste 🙂

  2. Chuck Yates
    Jul 27, 2013 @ 00:25:37

    Very good Ken… that just about says it… we’ll have to come up with patches like the Scouts. JackieFans do seem to be an especially diverse assemblage, likely do to, as you mentioned, the broader than typical demographic… a very fun group.

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  3. JackieandBuffyfan
    Jul 27, 2013 @ 00:35:05

    you’ve put a lot of thought and work into this very enjoyable read.. as you have written, we, I included, see ourselves in many of these categories.. and some definitely not; Musicologist for example in my case – but that hasn’t stopped my incurable case of the Jackie Effect..

    the link to the fan tribute videos is an extra special bonus..

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  4. Jeff
    Jul 27, 2013 @ 00:57:55

    Thank you varnk for all the categorization of us Jackie fans. The few that aren’t Jackie fans I can’t help but feel sorry for because they just simply do not get it, do they? Kinda like showing up late to a friend’s birthday party and finding all the cake and icecream is gone. Boohoo. I really can see and hear myself in some of your renditions of your fan based categories. I’m guessing that was a really fun project to do. I am glad, varnk, that you being full on integrity where Jackie is concerned, is her “fan manager” sort of speak. I’m very glad she has you in her pocket varnk; because this is truly great!! I still maintain that Jackie must have conducted Heavenly Choirs before she was born on this eath. I just can’t imagine it any other way? When we can see for ourselves in Biblical text that we did have an existance with our Father in Heaven before this earthly experience, as in places like Psalms 82:6; Ecclesiastes 12:7; Acts 17:29; Hebrews 12:9, and so many other places in Holy text, and when I hear her sing she reminds me of what an angel might look like, act like, and sound like here on this earth. I choose to believe, what David Foster has said, in that she has an understanding of music that he’s never seen before in anyone so young. I truly cannot help but believe our God in Heaven has allowed her to keep her heavenly talents to teach and to share with us on this earth while she, as we all, embark in this short mortal experience on the earth. To me, it’s like you can’t see the beautiful things of the earth and sky, and not comprehend that there is a God. So then also, you cannot see and hear Jackie Evanco sing, and not believe that God loves and appreciates good music. Simply put, she’s a natural prodigy. And once again, I’d like to thank Jackie’s parents and family for supporting Jackie from her very beginnings.

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  5. Ross Silver
    Jul 27, 2013 @ 02:49:21

    Well done Ken! You did a great job of defining the categories of Jackie fans. I proudly fit into some of them.

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  6. Frank
    Jul 27, 2013 @ 08:59:07

    Ken I truly love this and I believe you have a category for everyone. Frank

    Sent from my iPhone

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  7. varnk
    Jul 27, 2013 @ 10:03:18

    Thanks for all of the kind comments! This blog entry probably took me the longest to prepare out of all the blog entries I have made so far. The idea probably started sometime in the Fall of 2012. I had been toying around with the categories off and on over the months and then finally decided it was ready to be posted. In many ways, not only do I get my inspiration from Jackie, I also get inspired by her fans too. Truly a great group of people!

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  8. bestofjackieontheweb
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 12:01:00

    Varnk, Your post is terrific, so articulate, carefully thought out, and well observed.

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  9. georgiaodette
    Sep 20, 2013 @ 17:49:41

    It would be great to sing with Jackie one day! Best wishes, Georgia x

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    • varnk
      Sep 20, 2013 @ 23:42:00

      I hope you get that opportunity to sing with Jackie someday Georgia. I think you and Jackie would compliment each other’s voices quite well. Best of luck to you!

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  10. bob bartko
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 17:19:42

    Ken , I just wish there were more superlatives to add to this fantastic composition you have blessed us with. I look forward to the future of you and our beloved Jackie and all the joy to come.

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