Honoring Memorial Day

Once again, Jackie Evancho was invited to sing at our Nation’s Capital.  This time, she has performed for the 2014 PBS Memorial Day concert.  It is becoming apparent that Jackie is the go-to performer for many of our country’s treasured events.  Jackie is no stranger to singing at national events similar to this concert.  Last year she also sang at the Washington DC Capitol Fourth Independence Day celebration.  In addition, she has been a guest singer for the National Prayer Breakfast in 2012, and the National Christmas Tree Lighting in 2010.  She has truly become America’s Sweetheart.  For this past Memorial Day, Jackie’s voice was the perfect complement to sing in a tribute concert for the fallen soldiers who gave their lives in service of our country.

Prior to the concert  Jackie treated her fans to a few tweets at the rehearsal and also before she went out on stage for the concert.

 

 

@PBS put out a small video clip tweet containing a message that Jackie gave to our troops:

The actual video clip with audio can be viewed by clicking here.

Photos of Jackie prior to rehearsal and at the concert were also available through Zimbio.  Here are some of my favorites:

Additional photos can be viewed using the link below:

http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Jackie+Evancho/25th+National+Memorial+Day+Concert/sK7TlNzMltr

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend this concert, but I did get to see the live TV broadcast of it on my local PBS station.  Myself and several dedicated fans of Jackie had assembled in a chat room to share our enthusiasm and commentary on Jackie’s performance while watching it live.  Some fans from out of the country were able to find a video stream feed on the internet, so everything worked out for all of us to share our pride and admiration for Jackie.

Some fans have observed that Jackie was singing in a lower range than usual, especially for the song “Somewhere”, which she performed as a live solo for the first time.  Jackie had done a previous version of this song on her Dream With Me CD as a dubbed duet with Barbra Streisand back in 2011.  On that recording Jackie sang in a higher range.  Personally, I feel that it is a bit unfair to compare Jackie’s 14 year-old voice to her voice at age 10.  Yes, Jackie’s voice has changed since she recorded her Dream With Me CD at a younger age.  Although her present vocals seems s bit lower now, I feel as though her voice still has a very emotional impact.  Jackie may not have the experience of a seasoned adult singer, but she affects people emotionally in ways that many seasoned adult singers strive to achieve, but fall short.  This is evident by the comments below, which are part of the many reasons why I continue to admire Jackie Evancho.

As Jackie was finishing her song “My Heart Will Go On”…among 304 Veterans Gathered, someone in the Audience stood up and Shouted…”This is why we did it, This is why!. God Love you Jackie, God Love you!”…The cameo at the end set a rousing Cheer among all who were here…  Said one Iraq Veteran, “Jackie Evancho saved my life. I wanted to Die, but she wouldn’t let me. She didn’t sing at me, she sang TO me”.

 And now, here are videos of Jackie’s performances for the Memorial Day concert:

 

 

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Edna Jose Estareja
    May 28, 2014 @ 00:45:49

    That was magnificent Jackie!

    Reply

  2. Alec Ludlow
    May 28, 2014 @ 08:48:39

    Thanks Ken for putting this all together. I’m just an ordinary fan, but Jackie has made a real impact on my life. I don’t have the words to explain properly why, but I suspect there are many many others like me.
    Jackie’s delivery of the two songs she did at Memorial Day was exactly right given the importance of the occasion. She captured the mood perfectly. She was not there to showcase herself. Her performance was full of grace, humility, charm and elegance. America is fortunate to have such a fine young lady representing it at these important events.
    Bless you Jackie.
    Alec.

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