Pittsburgh’s own Jackie Evancho, described as an inspiration for people throughout the world, sang the national anthem for Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday.
Evancho, 16, was the youngest solo artist to ever go platinum. She met Trump after rising to fame in 2010 on “America’s Got Talent.”
Trump's inauguration committee spokesman called Evancho a "true role model and inspiration for people young and old in our country and around the globe” and "an inspiration for all Americans."
“Jackie represents the best and the brightest of America," said Boris Epshteyn, director of communications for the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee.
Evancho is a soprano who has performed in Washington before. She has performed at the Independence Day concert "A Capitol Fourth" along with the lighting of the national Christmas tree and the National Prayer Breakfast.
Biography courtesy of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies:
Jackie Evancho dazzled American television audiences at the age of 10, gaining global recognition with her stunning debut on NBC's America's Got Talent. Since then, she has released a string of platinum and gold albums, with sales of over 3 million in the U.S. Along the way the singer received numerous accolades, including: youngest solo platinum artist; youngest top 5 debut artist in UK history; youngest artist to give a solo concert at Lincoln Center; and highest debut artist of 2010. She has had six consecutive number 1's on the Billboard Classical charts.
Her broad successes led Billboard Magazine to include Jackie on their list of "music movers and shakers under the age of 21" in 2010 and 2012. During her impressive 6-year career, she has had the privilege to perform for numerous dignitaries around the world including: twice for President Obama and the First Lady; The Pope; and a private recital for the Imperial family of Japan. She was also invited to perform on Oprah's farewell special. Jackie has recorded duets with notable artists such as Barbra Streisand, Placido
Domingo, Jose Carreras, Andrea Bocelli, Chris Botti, Susan Boyle, Il Volo, Joshua Bell, Sumi Jo, and Dmitri Hovorstovsky. Jackie acted in Robert Redford's film The Company You Keep alongside Susan Sarandon and was the face of Guess Kids in 2012. She was also named one of the best mannered people of 2011.
Jackie Evancho is now a 16-year-old with a driver's license. The singer is still recording classical crossover songs in her beautiful soprano voice, but 2016 saw the teenager evolve musically with the release of pop music. She received rave reviews for her single Apocalypse and for her interpretations of Safe and Sound and Writings On The Wall. She ended 2016 with a well-received Christmas CD, Someday At Christmas, which saw her once again at number 1 on the Classical charts. 2017 will see new music and new tour dates for Jackie Evancho.
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