LIMA — Jackie Evancho is in a transitional period with her career and has found the perfect place to merge her classical background with a newer sound — Broadway.
Evancho first emerged on season five of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” where she performed “O Mio Babbino Caro.” In April, Evancho released her seventh album, “The Debut.”
“I was thinking about ways I can reinvent myself but not neglect the fans that have been with me since I was a little girl. I thought, ‘What’s a great way to bridge classical music with pop music?’ and thought of Broadway,” Evancho said. “It’s a world that both young and old really adore, so I got really excited and started to research the world and pick my favorite shows and songs.”
“The Debut” consists of the top hits from “Hamilton,” “The Greatest Showman,” “West Side Story,” “Wicked” and “Waitress,” among others. However, her tour will still consist of the classic hits that brought her to stardom as well as some Christmas favorites.
“For me, when I listen to the songs, I get ideas right off the bat in my head of different little melodies or approaches to the songs, but I also naturally just have big respect for the music on its own,” Evancho explained of how she crafts her covers.
Evancho, now 19, hopes to continue that creativity into the next stage of her career. Her next goal is to have an album entirely written and produced herself.
Yet in this new phase, Evancho doesn’t want to lose the sound or the fans that got her to this point.
“It’s been a bit of a challenge honestly and it’s one of the hardest parts of my job right now,” she said. “I want people to know that I’m never going to abandon my classical roots, but I want to test the waters of other areas a bit.”
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