Jackie Evancho is all grown up and taking charge of her career |

Jackie Evancho is all grown up and taking charge of her career

Jackie Evancho will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Uniontown.

It might be a challenge for Jackie Evancho to top the attention she got in 2017, when she sang the national anthem at President Trump’s inauguration, released her eighth studio album — “Two Hearts” — and starred in a reality TV special, “Growing Up Evancho,” with her family on TLC.

Still, 2018 has been an empowering year for the classical-crossover song
stylist from Pine in Pittsburgh’s North Hills.

Evancho celebrated her 18th birthday April 9, graduated from high school this spring and seems to have a good feeling about her career, which she has worked hard on developing since gaining national recognition as a 10-year-old second-place winner on the NBC reality show “America’s Got Talent.”

“I have so much more confidence in my performance skills,” she said on a phone call from Los Angeles, where she was rehearsing for an upcoming appearance on “America’s Got Talent: The Champions,” set to air in early 2019.

Taking charge

Evancho says reaching the age of 18 also has enabled her to play a bigger role in managing the direction of her music.

“I have a lot more responsibility in making business decisions. A lot of people take me more seriously,” she said.

Following a concert date Nov. 2 at State Theatre Center for the Arts in Uniontown, she will head to Ocean City, N.J., where she spent part of her summer giving performances and enjoying some beach time.

Her December concert dates include a Dec. 12 performance at Westminster College in New Wilmington before heading west for shows in California and Texas.

Sharing stories

Evancho says her concert in Uniontown will be a mixture of fan favorites and her favorite songs to perform.

“It’s a very casual evening,” she said. “I love to talk to the audience and tell them stories about my life. They love hearing about my family and music industry stories.”

Her siblings include Juliet, 20, and Zach and Rachel, a sophomore and freshman, respectively, at Pine Richland High School.

The self-taught pianist and guitarist who never had a professional singing lesson says she can’t reveal too much about a new album she’s working on — but she is very excited about the project.

“I have so much creative say in this one,” she says. “I’m calling the shots for the first time.”

Candy Williams is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.