Richland-native, 'America's Got Talent' star Evancho to light up D.C. July 4th show
Superstar songbird Jackie Evancho — a former student at Eden Hall Upper Elementary School in Pine — will perform on the live Independence Day show, “A Capitol Fourth,” in Washington, D.C.
The show will air live locally at 8 p.m. and repeat at 9:30 p.m. July 4 on WQED-TV.
“The songs she will sing are a surprise,” Jackie's mother, Lisa Evancho, said in response to emailed questions about her child.
Jackie, now 13, became an international celebrity after singing like an adult soprano on “America's Got Talent.”
She recently appeared with Robert Redford in the movie “The Company You Keep.”
“He was a very kind and wise man and Jackie really took to him,” Lisa said.
Her latest album is “Songs from the Silver Screen.”
Jackie is the daughter of Michael and Lisa Evancho, formerly of Richland.
“Where we live needs to be confidential, but we did move for security reasons,” Lisa said. “We'd rather be as vague as possible about where we live now.”
Last year, Jackie helped advertise GUESS clothes for kids. This year she is not modeling for Guess but may work in a project with the company next year, her mother said.
“She loved modeling for Guess because it was new.”
Jackie found modeling easy, according to her mother, “because all she had to do was be in one place, versus traveling on a plane,” said Lisa Evancho. “Her least favorite part about traveling to perform is the constant layovers and delays in flights.”
When it's feasible, Jackie travels with her Pomeranian, Maggie.
To continue her education, Jackie attends a cyber charter school, “because Pine-Richland (School District) can't accommodate her needs in a brick and mortar environment,” Lisa said. “The school has live blackboard sessions where she learns her subject live, with a teacher, when her schedule permits for her to participate that way. Otherwise, it is me and a home tutor when she is in town, helping her with her classes.”
When Jackie gets some free time, what television shows does she enjoy watching?
“Friends' is her favorite TV show in syndication,” Lisa said. “Muse, Cold Play and Maroon Five are her favorite (musical) groups.”
Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.