2014 – A Year in Review

JackieEvancho[1]As we come to the close of 2014 it is time for me to look back on the year and reflect on some of the major events related to Jackie Evancho.  Personally, it was an amazing year for me as a fan of Jackie.  I was able to attend three of her concerts this year.  The first was at Detroit, the second at Chautauqua, and the third and most memorable was Jackie’s PBS concert filming at Longwood Gardens.   At the beginning of 2014 it was hard to imagine what could have been in store for Jackie and for me as a fan, but the year was full of a lot of great moments and surprises.

Jackie fans were fairly sure that a new CD would be released sometime during the year, but the details of that CD were kept under wraps.  Fans were held in anticipation as to what songs would be on the CD, when would it be released, who would produce it, and what would it be called.  There was also hints that a new PBS Special would be filmed this year as well.  Rumors and speculation were abundant as fans tried to make sense of the little tidbits of information that slowly came out on various social media sites regarding the new CD and the PBS special.

Before details of the new CD became available, various other events would transpire at the beginning of the year.  An exceptional recording of Jackie singing a duet with Jumaane Smith titled “La Vie En Rose”  was released.   A video of the recording session was released to give fans a sneak peek of the new song.  I personally thought it was a very nice collaborative effort between Jackie and Jumaane.  This duet was somewhat of a new venture for Jackie to sing in a swing / jazz style.  Jackie showed her marvelous vocal skills by singing her portion of the duet in French.  Jumaane also did a splendid job with incorporating his excellent trumpet playing and vocals into the song.

Jackie performed several concerts in 2014.   I will not elaborate on all of her performances, but you can view all of the places she has performed on the map below:

 

As I mentioned earlier, I had the pleasure of attending three of the concerts shown on the map above.  The first was at The Fox Theater in Detroit.  The second was at the Chautauqua Music Conservatory in  NY, and the third was at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania.  I wrote up reviews of each of these concerts and they can be read by clicking on the respective links below:

Another surprise that fans got to see this year was another very different side of Jackie.  A music video of Jackie singing a teen Pop song titled “Go Time” was released.  This was done as a promotional video for the Justice clothing store, which would feature Jackie on the video screens in Justice stores throughout the nation.  This song was a big change from the more somber Classical Crossover style of music that Jackie is primarily known for.  In case you missed it, the video of  “Go Time” can be watched here:

 

Jackie continued with her busy (yet balanced) schedule and made a very honorable appearance to sing at the United States National Memorial Day Concert in Washington DC.  You can read about my impressions of Jackie’s Memorial Day appearance here:

https://jackieevanchoadmirer.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/honoring-memorial-day/

About midway through the year, an announcement of the new CD titled “Awakening” was made.  However, the CD would not be available for purchase until the end of September.  Anxious Jackie fans were longing for this new CD, but unfortunately it wouldn’t be available for several months following the announcement of it.  A lucky break came for some fans such as myself.  A PBS special was going to be filmed in August before the release of the CD.  The PBS special would be the debut of the songs on the Awakening CD.  As fate would have it, the Longwood Gardens location where the PBS concert would be filmed was just an eight-hour drive from my home.  Thus, I was able to attend the PBS concert filming, which was awesome – not only because I got to see Jackie perform live, but additionally I got to hear the new songs that would be on the Awakening CD.

Through the generosity of Jackie’s mother – Lisa, she provided a behind-the-scenes video taken during the making of a video featuring Jacking singing “Think of Me.”  It is more like a home movie rather than a polished production, which in some ways is more favored by many fans like myself.

 

Soon to follow, fans were treated to two additional professional videos of songs that would be on Awakening.  The first was “Rains of Castamere” from the TV show Game of Thrones.  The second song was “Think of Me” from the musical Phantom Of The Opera.

 

In September, Jackie would make a surprise return to Americas Got Talent as a special guest on the show.  She would return for a second time to the show to promote her new Awakening CD as well as to perform “Think of Me.”

 

Jackie would also appear on various talk shows such as The Today Show, Queen Latifah, and Fox and Friends, just to name a few.

Another highlight that occurred towards the end of the year was a surprise a-cappella duet where Jackie performs with Peter Hollens.  The song generated tremendous buzz over the internet and has received over 1.5 million views.

 

And finally, for anyone interested in a bunch of statistics, here is a report of the stats that this blog has generated over this past year thanks to the WordPress.com stats helper.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 19,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.


 

I want to thank everyone for reading my blog and hope that you find the information presented on this site to be useful to you.  If you are not already a fan of Jackie Evancho, I would encourage you to purchase her music from the many places where it is provided such as Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play, as well as various retail outlets such as Target and Walmart.  Jackie has an amazing vocal talent and her music is absolutely marvelous!  I can’t wait to see what she will accomplish in 2015.

Happy New Year!

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jeff
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 23:01:16

    Hello VarnK, I want to thank you so very much for continuing your blog. It seems that I am as much a fan of yours as I am of Jackie’s. Simply because of me living in Colorado, I doubt that I will see Jackie perform live anytime soon, if at all here in Colorado. Who knows, maybe if she wore a cowgirl hat and some leather chaps the good ole folks in Colorado just may get off their duffs and buy enough tickets to warrant a Jackie Evanco Concert here; but I am certainly not going to hold my breath. 😦 So then VarnK, back to you. I am truly sincere when I tell you how thankful I am that you do follow this prodigy born of Jackie Evanco, because your narrative skills can just about put me in the front seats to see, hear, and listen with a spiritual awakening that can truly penetrate the heaven that lives in each and every one of us. Thank you VarnK, so very muchly. I do follow her as much as utube will release from time to time, and it really is quite good. 🙂

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    • VarnK
      Dec 31, 2014 @ 19:38:14

      Jeff. Thanks for the encouraging words! I am glad that you appreciate my blog posts. The only thing I would say is never doubt that you will get a chance to see Jackie in concert. Jackie has actually had a concert in Denver, Colorado back in 2012. Who knows, maybe she will be in that area again someday.

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  2. Gary Godwin
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 23:34:39

    Another Year of Jackie’s History and Awakening to another year of joy for her Fans to Celebrate, with her, in Concert. Continued surprises throughout 2015. Blessed is Jackie and Blessed are we as Fans. Let no earthly thing stand in our way of Joy, nay, even in Heaven.

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  3. Alec Ludlow
    Dec 31, 2014 @ 12:04:07

    Thanks for the review Ken. Another wonderful year of Jackie’s career. She really cannot have any idea how much she has affected people’s lives around the globe. I will not rest until I have at last seen Jackie live. To say I’m looking forward to Sarasota and Clearwater in March would be a massive understatement. I want to meet as many other Jackie fans as I can when I cross the ocean. Friends and family here in the UK think I’m nuts. Well, maybe I am. I wouldn’t dream of making the journey for any one else in the world than our princess Jackie.

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    • VarnK
      Dec 31, 2014 @ 19:07:57

      Alec. I am glad you will get a chance to see Jackie perform live. Your friends and family may think you are nuts, but rest assured for I’ve met several fans from the UK, France, Russia, and Germany, who have attended Jackie concerts. I think that if you would have a chance to ask them if they thought the trip was worth while, they would all answer with a resounding, “YES!”

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  4. Steven K. Carter
    Jan 01, 2015 @ 17:09:41

    Happy New Year VarnK. Thank you so much for sharing your observations and feelings about your encounters with Jackie. For all of us who are Jackie’s fans and unable to attend her concerts on a regular basis your summaries and critiques are priceless. Jackie is without a doubt the most phenomenal young talent to come along in my lifetime. I have attended several of her concerts and words fail me when trying to explain her presence and ability to enrapture her audience. You do a pretty good job in capturing the moments with her. Please do continue your accounts with Jackie as we all really appreciate it.

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  5. George L Webb
    Jan 02, 2015 @ 11:19:15

    Good work, Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Jackie is amazing……… Beautiful,……and so very talented.

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