2016 – A Year In Review

image_1410466738_jd_gv_jacki_evancho_fbWith the closing of 2016, I have decided to post a recap of some of the major highlights that Jackie Evancho has accomplished this past year, as well as to reflect on some things that are significant from my own personal experience as a fan of Jackie.

Music Videos:

Jackie Evancho fans were treated to a mix of three music videos containing new songs featuring Jackie.  The first video was released on January 29th and consisted of a cover song of Sam Smith’s “Writings On The Wall” that was from the James Bond movie “Spectre.”  This music video carried a theme of opposing secret agents, starring Jackie and her older sister Juliet.

A couple of months later on March 25th, Jackie would release another music video containing a cover song of Skylar Grey’s “Coming Home, Pt. II.”  This video focussed on a profound theme of a critically wounded veteran returning from deployment to his wife who calls for him from his bedside to “come home” and awaken from his injury.

The third music video (and also my personal favorite) released on April 22nd contains an original new song created for Jackie called “Apocalypse.”  The video contains a heart-tugging theme of a romance break-up.  The emotion of this song and video is very strong and has caused me to shed a tear on occasion when listening to it.  That emotional tug is one of the trademarks of many of Jackie’s songs.

Performances:

Of course Jackie had a fair share of concerts and performances from this past year.  Here is the interactive concert map that shows most of Jackie’s public performances for 2016.


One of the most notable performances of 2016 was when Jackie returned for the second time to the US Capitol to sing for the PBS Capitol Fourth Concert on Independence Day.  Jackie sang God Bless America to a very receptive crowd that weathered a rainy day to experience the event.

Although Jackie has performed several concerts this past year, the Cleveland concert on October 8th was very special for me because I was able to attend it.  You can click here to read about my experience at this concert.

It is worth mentioning that Jackie introduced some new songs at some of her concerts including a cover of Cold Play’s “Fix You” as well as a new original song titled “Think About Me.”  Both songs will likely be on her new CD titled “Two Hearts”, which is expected to be released early in 2017.

Other Notable Events:

A live performance of a new song called “The Haunting” was debuted when Jackie performed for an event at Joe’s Pub on November 13th.  It was revealed to attendees that Jackie wrote this song.  It is more of pop/rock song, which goes in a different direction than the typical Classical Crossover sound that Jackie is normally known for.  Note that the video below is at the sound-check, because the video quality at the performance had some technical issues.  A studio recording of this song hasn’t been released, but will potentially be available early next year (2017).

Jackie released a new Christmas CD this year called “Someday At Christmas.”  This CD contains some songs from previous CDs, in addition to the new title song “Someday at Christmas.”  There is a very nice variety of christmas solo songs on the CD and some duets where Jackie sings with Placido Domingo, Peter Hollens, and Il Volo.  The CD had one bit of controversy tied to it.  The original recording of the song “Hallelujah” was mixed incorrectly on the CD where the producer shifted the original pitch too high.  Jackie sent out a tweet about the issue.  As a result, Sony Music admitted the mistake and provided an option for fans to get a replacement CD upon request with the correctly mastered track.

A surprise for Jackie fans came with a second duet of “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” with Peter Hollens.  This song could be found on Peter’s Christmas CD titled  “A Hollens Family Christmas.”

Jackie would return as a guest performer on the America’s Got Talent Christmas special where she would sing “Someday at Christmas” to a very enthusiastic audience. The performance was wonderful!

Although this next event doesn’t occur until 2017, I thought it was worth noting that Jackie made the announcement that she will be singing the National Anthem at the January 20th, 2017 Presidential Inauguration.  There has been some controversy with Jackie’s announcement.  Some people have been critical of Jackie for the decision to perform for Donald Trump.  I believe that this criticism has been unfair and has been unjustly politicising Jackie.  This appearance isn’t about politics as much as it is about Jackie performing for America and the office of the presidency.  Jackie has made this very clear in a publicized interview.   Undoubtedly this announcement has generated some buzz.  Jackie’s CD sales have nearly quadrupled since the announcement, so people are taking notice.

Epilogue:

Jackie has taken her fans on an interesting journey this past year with some Q&As on social media, opportunities to purchase signed copies of her Someday At Christmas CD, interactions on social media, and of course her amazing singing voice.  There have been some changes that have occurred this past year in which Jackie fans have had to adjust.  A popular Jackie fan discussion forum, that was managed by Jackie’s parents, is no longer available.  I believe it was an unfortunate loss, but I understand that it was likely becoming a burden for Jackie’s parents.  The forum was a valuable place to get the occasional insight into Jackie’s career from people who were the closest to Jackie.  However with the close of the forum, fans have transitioned into other outlets to stay in-touch and continue to discuss Jackie’s career (now sadly without input from Jackie’s mother Lisa).  There are several other Jackie fan sites, social media outlets, and other various forms of communication for fans; so life goes on.  You can find many of these sites on the links page of this blog.

With the close of 2016, I am excited to see where Jackie takes her fans in 2017.  I am sure that Jackie will be doing many special things and continuing to mesmerize us with her amazing voice.

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2015 – A Year in Review

It has come to that time to look back on the previous year and reflect on all of the various events that have transpired.  2015 was certainly a busy year for Jackie Evancho.  The first big memory of the year for me started early in February when I attended Jackie’s concert at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall.  I wrote about this experience in the following blog post.

Jackie Gives Her All at Heinz Hall

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Although I did not create any other blog posts this year other than the one mentioned above and this summary post, there are still many great events that occurred for Jackie Evancho and for her fans to reflect upon.

Below is a summary of some of the the 2015 highlights in addition to the approximately 40 concerts and appearances shown on the map below:

 

Highlights

Jackie performed overseas in Thailand and Malaysia to take part in David Foster and Friends shows.  In Thailand, Jackie had her first duet with Andrea Bocelli.  Videos of the rehearsal  and performance was captured by Jackie’s father Mike Evancho.

 

In Malaysia, a video was captured of Jackie singing Hey Jude as part of the finale of the show.

 

Jackie would release three music videos this year.  The first video is with Jackie singing a cover of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space.”  She is accompanied on acoustic guitar by Nick Marzock.

 

The second music video titled “All of the Stars” generated a lot of attention as it focused on Transgender Identity issues and later it would be made known that Jackie’s (then) brother Jacob had made the decision to come out as being Transgender.  From that point forward, Jacob had decided to be identified as Jackie’s older sister Juliet.  Of course this generated some controversy, but it also illustrated the strong bond that exists with Jackie and her older sibling in addition to focusing on acceptance of people who may be different than ourselves.

 

Jackie’s third music video was a brilliant cover of the song “Safe and Sound” from the Hunger Games movie.  Jackie demonstrates that she can sing pop songs just as well as she sings classical music.  The music video is very well done and includes Jackie’s younger sister Rachel playing the part of Primrose.

 

Jackie would travel overseas once again to Italy where she would take part in a major Celebrity Fight Night exclusive fundraiser where she would perform a solo and duet once again with Andrea Bocelli.

 

 

In addition to Celebrity Fight Night, Jackie would be involved in other public charity events this year including this surprise performance for Yolanda Foster at the Global Lyme Alliance Inaugural  Gala.  Jackie also indicated that her mother is also struggling with the disease.

 

Jackie would get an opportunity to sing at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia as part of the festivities to welcome Pope Francis.

 

Jackie was invited to sing the National Anthem for her hometown Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football.

 

Jackie reached a milestone this year in which it was determined that she had performed in her 100th full-feature concert on December 12th at Grenada Theater.  I decided to use the concert map data that I had accumulated over the years and create a tribute video celebrating Jackie’s first 100 concerts.

 

Jackie ended the year with a series of Christmas concerts that she performed.  In 2014 she was unable to perform during the Christmas season due to struggles with walking pneumonia.  Thankfully she has had a full recovery and was able to sing a series of Christmas concerts this year in 2015.  Here is a fan video from one of those concerts in New Buffalo, MI.

 

In addition to the highlights that I pointed out, one of Jackie’s fans (Martin UK) put together this wonderful video summarizing all of Jackie’s performance activity for this year.

 

And last but not least for all you statisticians out there, here is a page generated by WordPress that contains the generated summary of the activity on this blog over this past year.

Source: See the #fireworks I created by blogging on #WordPressDotCom. My 2015 annual report.

Thanks for reading my blog and I hope that you like the information posted here in support of Jackie Evancho.

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!

2013 – A year in review

Another year has gone by and it is time to reflect on my experiences of being a fan of Jackie Evancho.  As you can see from the map below, Jackie has been quite busy again this past year, as has been the case for the past 3 years.  Although Jackie maintains a fairly busy schedule, her parents and management team still seem to maintain a very balanced coordination between home-life and Jackie’s career.

Known Jackie Evancho Performance Locations – 2013

This past year (2013) was very special to me as a Jackie fan because I was able to attend two of her concerts (Pittsburgh and Cleveland) after being unable to attend a single concert in 2012.  It was a big thrill for me to not only have seats within the first 3 rows for both of these concerts, but to also have the opportunity to meet Jackie again at both of them (thanks to the generosity of another Jackie fan).  One of the concerts I attended (Cleveland) almost didn’t happen.  The Cleveland concert was originally scheduled for May 16th, but for reasons unknown the sold-out concert was cancelled.  Thankfully, the concert was re-scheduled for June 7th.  Luckily, I narrowly missed having a conflict with family vacation plans with the re-scheduled date.  It was a big thrill to have Jackie give a concert in my home state of Ohio.  The Cleveland Palace Theater was only about 100 miles from where I live, so it was great to have Jackie sing at a venue that was so close.  The Cleveland concert was probably one of the best performances that I have seen.  Her vocal maturity and control was exceptional.  Jackie charmed the crowd as usual and it was a pleasure to see her perform in such a gorgeous venue.

Unfortunately, there was no video recording of Jackie performing at this concert because it was strictly forbidden.  However, another very good fan of Jackie put together a video that commemorated the day leading up to the concert.  I was a part of many of the clips shown in this video and it really helps me to recall the many fond memories that I had of the day.

Although I must say that the Cleveland concert was probably the biggest highlight of the year for me, there are other additional events that were also quite significant.  Here is a review of some of the major highlights of this past year (in chronological order) that left me with the biggest impression:

  • Seeing Jackie perform at Pittsburgh Heinz Hall.  My wife and I had front row seats and it was the closest to the stage that I have ever been while attending a Jackie concert.  I also had another memorable Meet and Greet with Jackie before the concert.  In addition, I helped to plan a well-attended Jackie Evancho fan gathering at Six Penn Station before the concert, where close to 36 fans had shown up for dinner to celebrate our comradery as fans of Jackie.
  • Jackie performed at a major Las Vegas show with Cirque du Soleil where she sang a magnificent rendition of Bridge Over Trouble Water while she was in the water at the “O” Theater.  In addition, Jackie also sang while suspended nearly 100 feet in the air as part of the show’s finale.
  • Jackie performed a joint concert with the renowned tenor Jose Carreras in Taiwan.  This concert had over 10,000 people in attendance and was a major international event to add to Jackie’s prestigious list of concerts performed overseas.
  • Seeing Jackie perform at Cleveland Playhouse Square.  My wife and I had third row seats for this concert.  I met Jackie again at Meet and Greet.  I also helped plan the fan gathering of about 30 Jackie fans who attended a dinner before the concert at Otto Moser restaurant in Cleveland.  This concert and the Pittsburgh concert were both fabulous!
  • On July 4th, Jackie sang the National Anthem and Can You Feel The Love Tonight at the Nation’s Capital in Washington DC for an event called A Capital Fourth celebration.  This was a nationally televised broadcast and was a major accomplishment for Jackie to perform at such an honorable event.  In typical Jackie style, she wowed the country with her incredible singing ability.
  • Jackie performed at a major benefit concert at the Conference Center for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for the MuzArt World Foundation – We Are Hope event.
  • Jackie performed a major holiday concert at Carnegie Hall with Tim Janis and Sir James Galway.

In addition to the items listed above, Jackie has had numerous other concerts, TV appearances, interviews, and other events that she has performed or participated at as well.  Jackie continues to have a very strong and active career.  It will be interesting to see what’s in store for 2014.

As an extra added end-of-the-year  bonus, the WordPress.com stats helper prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.  Click below to see the stats.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

I just want to say thanks to all who read my blog this past year.  I look forward to whatever Jackie has in store for 2014 and can’t wait to see what lies ahead.

2012 in review

It’s been a great year and I thought that I would share some of my fondest  highlights  following Jackie Evancho‘s career in 2012:

  1. Jackie visiting Japan twice and the video that Jackie’s mother Lisa provided of those visits. The part with Jackie praying at the end of that video was very special to me.
  2. Jackie appearing at The National Prayer breakfast. Also thanks for a great video of that adventure provided by Lisa.
  3. Taking part in a fan video to wish Jackie a Happy 12th. Birthday.
  4. Being able to watch the videos of Jackie singing at Yara’s Wedding.
  5. Watching the live video stream of Jackie on Canada’s Got Talent.
  6. Jackie appearing on Dancing With The Stars. It was so exciting to see Jackie on a national prime-time TV show again.
  7. The excitement behind the filming and release of Music Of The Movies at the Orpheum Theater. Although I could not attend this concert, the resulting PBS video that came from it was fantastic and made me feel like I was there!
  8. Masses of fans gathering in the fan club chat room to correspond as we watched Jackie sing at St. Petersburg Russia using a live camera link.
  9. The build-up and release of Songs From The Silver Screen CD.
  10. Jackie modeling for Guess Kids clothing line and the associated promo video,
  11. Feeling concern and offering prayers and support for Jackie when she scraped open her leg while playing outside.
  12. The Toronto Film Festival showing of Jackie Evancho walking the red carpet with Robert Redford for Jackie’s first acting role  in the movie “The Company You Keep.”
  13. Watching the story unfold where the Classical Crossover show started on KITC-FM, and Jackie’s 20 minute interview with one of Jackie’s fans taking part in the interview.
  14. Jackie partnering with Philosophy to create “To Believe” shampoo / shower gel, where all proceeds go to WhyHunger.
  15. The many tweets of pictures that Jackie provided of her adventures and her travels.
  16. Numerous concerts with so many great accounts from fans who attended them.
  17. The many television appearances, interviews, and videos where Jackie continues to make me proud to be a Jackie fan.

I am sure that I have not hit on everything that happened this year, but there is no denying that 2012 has been very exciting to be a Jackie fan.  Can’t wait to see what is in store for 2013.

I also want to say thanks to all the visitors who have commented and read my blog dedicated to Jackie Evancho.  I hope you have found it informative and inspiring as well.  2012 has been a great year and I am looking forward to 2013 where I will be attending two more Jackie concerts this spring.  Hopefully I will be providing new blog entries of my experiences at those concerts.  I can’t wait!

The following was provided by WordPress to show an annual summary report of this blog.  Thought I would go ahead and share it for posterity sake as part of this post.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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