Jackie Evancho: Trump Inauguration Singer Mar 2, 2019 17:25:24 GMT
Post by Admin on Mar 2, 2019 17:25:24 GMT
Evancho speaks with Billboard about her new music, being compared to Barbra Streisand and how therapy helped her overcome the wounds of child stardom. Plus, listen to the premiere of "Somewhere" before she performs it on Monday's AGT: The Champions finale.
You were just on America’s Got Talent: The Champions last week and you’ll be on again this coming week. What has it been like being back on the show after so many years?
For me, it’s actually been kind of awesome. To be back on the stage that started it all was really nostalgic, and it was one of my most favorite parts of my childhood. So to be back on that stage, it really felt like I was home again.
And next week, you’ll be performing “Somewhere” on the finale. What made you choose that song?
That song is absolutely one of my favorites to sing live, and I really just wanted to kind of show everybody my favorite songs and a new way of presenting myself, because they know me as Phantom of the Opera Jackie -- a little girl. Yes I still sing Phantom and all of that stuff, but now that I’m 18 and I am broadening my horizons, I really wanted to show them what else I could do. So I took some of my most favorite memories and really kind of looked at them, and one that stood out to me was when I sang this song with Barbra [Streisand]. So I guess it’s kind of saying goodbye to the old me, but in a new way.
I love that. Your performance has been compared to Barbra’s, whom you recorded a duet of the song with on Dream With Me back in 2011. How does that comparison make you feel?
That was amazing to hear, because exactly what I want out of my career is to be like her. She’s such an influence of mine. I love her voice, and she makes it seem so effortless and flawless. So to be compared to that shows me that I’m doing something right.
Do you see any similarities between your new version and the one you did with Barbra, or how is it different?
Well, I tried my best to kind of keep the roots of the song but, you know, add different flavors. So that is really what I did -- you’re not going to be able to hear it on America’s Got Talent, just because we had to keep it pretty straightforward, but the song will actually be on my album as well. So there’s going to be a bit more of a Jackie flavor to it, I guess. [Laughs]
So your new album, The Debut, is full of Broadway covers. How did you go about selecting all of the songs for it?
For me, it was really kind of just taking a look at all of these new, amazing Broadway shows that everybody loves and finding which parts of the shows -- which characters from the shows -- really resonated with me. I really studied the characters once I picked the songs. For me, it was really important to find pivotal parts of the shows and represent [them] on the album, and really look at songs that people wouldn’t expect. A lot of people would expect me to be singing “It’s Quiet Uptown” from Hamilton, but instead I looked at a very important part of the show and took that song, which was “Burn.”