Jackie Evancho, the 16-year-old who sang the national anthem before President Trump‘s swearing in, has criticized the POTUS over his newly announced plans to repeal Barack Obama’s progressive legislation on public school bathrooms for transgender students.
On Wednesday the singer — who has a transgender sister, Juliet — wrote, “I am obviously disappointed in the @potus decision to send the #transgender bathroom issue to the states to decide. #sisterlove.”
She even called on the president to meet with her about the issue, writing, “@realdonaldtrump u gave me the honor to sing at your inauguration. Pls give me & my sis the honor 2 meet with u to talk transgender rghts❤.”
Jackie Evancho has been active in the political arena this year, first doing what she saw as her patriotic duty by performing at the inauguration and then taking to the media to request a meeting with the president over transgender rights.
But what keeps the teen star from Pine busy day-to-day is getting her homework done and advancing her recording career, which takes a bold step later this month. Her latest album, “Two Hearts,” due on March 31, will be her first with writing credits.
Evancho tells the KDKA Morning news she hopes to discuss protecting the rights of transgender students like her sister Juliette.
“I’m going to try to level with him on, first off the things that my sister has gone through, the things that people like my sister have gone through and the horrors of it all,” says Evancho.
What is the most memorable experience in your life thus far?
Evancho: To be honest, the inauguration, and the moment where I stepped up onto the podium and sang. The little visual that I got before I zoned out was the whole entire sea of people watching me, and that was one of the most amazing moments for me -- to have that visual.
Who asked you to participate in the inauguration?
That’s kind of a funny story. I was in New York doing advertisements for my Christmas album, and my manager told me that he had a meeting with Trump’s people. And I was like, “All right, whatever that means. Have fun.” He came back and said, “So, would you like to sing in the inauguration?" I told him, “Yeah, that would be awesome,” because I don’t see it as politics at all. Unfortunately, I know so many people wish that I did, but I don’t.
You didn’t think twice? So many artists turned it down.
Right. I was scared because so many people turned it down, and I didn’t understand why they did, and maybe I was saying yes to something I didn’t completely understand. But whenever I decided to say yes, it felt right. I was not doing it for politics or Trump, but for my country. I was proud of that decision.
What was your experience before and after, and what did you learn from it?
So, I felt like crap because I was sick. I had a fever and a head cold. It lasted from a week before to two weeks after the inauguration. It was the longest thing, and now my sister has it. It was rough. I was extremely nervous, because two days prior I lost my voice. I was like, “Oh my God, how am I going to keep myself warmed up? I am going to be sitting outside in the cold for two hours, not able to make a noise.” Those were my thoughts before I got to sing.
I sang, zoned out, and then after that I was like, “Could I have done better? Could I have done worse? Either way, I am proud of myself.” What I learned from that is to stay true to your opinion, you know? Stick to what you believe in.
Did you think that there would be a chance you wouldn't be able to play the inauguration?
Yeah. I was so nervous. I didn’t know. I thought I might have had pneumonia because it felt like it, and I’ve had walking pneumonia before, and it kind of felt like it. If I could sing, if I could pull it off, then I [was] going to do it.
At first it was really appalling, because I am a 16-year-old girl singing for my country and it’s like, come on, do you have nothing better to do than pick on me? After that thought crossed my mind, I thought it didn’t even matter anyway. I ignored it from that point forward.
You tweeted to President Trump that you would like to meet with him to discuss transgender bathroom issues with your sister. Did he ever respond?
There was a meeting they had where Sean Spicer said that he would welcome a meeting with me. We are in the midst of figuring that out.
Do you know what you will say to him?
I feel like I am going to level with him and talk to him about the horrors that my sister has to deal with. Then hopefully we can come to some solution, which is hopefully a federal law that protects my sister and people like her in the bathroom.
Do you identify with being liberal or conservative? If you could vote, who would you have voted for?
In all honesty, I don’t involve myself with politics at all. I am nothing. I don’t like politics. I hate them. It makes everything such a big deal when it shouldn’t be. It’s such a problem and there is so much hate right now because of it. It’s one of those things that people don’t have anything better to do than create issues with it.
Fox News has the first look at Jackie Evancho’s new music video for her first single off of her upcoming album "Two Hearts."
Evancho stays true to her opera roots in her new single, "Attesa," telling us the song is about the "anguish of being parted from the man the singer loves and how she is begging to have him brought back to her."
"I loved this experience," the singer told us of shooting the video.
The 16-year-old donned a floor-length sparkly-red dress for the video.
"I loved the dress," she said adding, "I felt everything suited the song so well...the dropping water helps set the somber mood."