Interview: Reuters January 10, 2014, Child Star Jackie Evancho Balances School, Career

Credit: Reuters

In an excellent new interview for Reuters News Agency, reporter David Adams elicited no fresh information from Jackie and her mother, with four exceptions: she has returned to public school; though she’s tried several times, she’s been unable to learn to read music; she hopes to go to university and study philosophy; and her next album includes her first original composition (we’ll ignore the claim that she co-authored “Dream with Me” on her first album; all she did was jot down several images the song writers incorporated).

Adams’s perceptions and assumptions are interesting, as are the observations he chose to emphasize. Adams speaks of Jackie’s “meteoric career.”  Some doubting Thomases wonder if it’s possible to call Jackie successful at all. After all, except for this Reuters interview and a sadly incompetent review in the New York Times some years ago, she’s been entirely ignored by major American print media and, despite her record-breaking CD sales and her PBS Great Performances specials, by American recording industry journalism.

Adams accepts certain facts that nay-sayers have challenged, that Jackie has no singing coach and that she rehearses only infrequently. We think his description of Jackie’s recent performance at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami is fair and perceptive. He highlights “her stunningly mature vocal power, phrasing and range.”

We sort of like and certainly find telling Lisa Evancho’s statement that Jackie’s heading from “child star to legitimate artist.” What Lisa appears to reflect in that statement is the music industry’s bias. At the beginning of her career the source of Jackie’s success was suspect.

As her mother puts it in this interview, some see her as a “circus freak – the little girl with the grown-up voice.” It’s not until Jackie becomes an adult, say about seventeen or eighteen, that the industry will consider her no longer a novelty act but a “legitimate” professional singer.

We find that curious. Jackie’s voice impresses many people who when they hear her for the first time are unaware she’s a young person. Clearly, she’s made it this far mostly on the quality of her voice and what she can do with music. For many of us, that’s always been her major appeal. Sure we all like a pretty face and were astonished that such a wonderful voice should emerge from a little girl. But to be stuck on those things is to wallow in sentimentality. We’re unsentimental.

For those who admire Jackie for substantial reasons, those who demand Jackie grow up before they accept her legitimacy as a professional singer we think either are slaves to the opinion of others or distrust their own ability to know great singing when they hear it.

It’s a good article. Click here to read it. 

18 thoughts on “Interview: Reuters January 10, 2014, Child Star Jackie Evancho Balances School, Career

  1. Jackie tem uma família maravilhosa, irmãos e pais que se preocupam com ela, que a amam de verdade.
    Desde que se tornou famosa e sua voz foi ouvida ao redor do mundo, ela adquiriu um público que se divide em três tipos distintos:
    1- Aqueles que querem apenas ouvi-la por sua voz encantadora;
    2- Aqueles que querem apenas se aproveitar da sua voz financeiramente (a indústria e comércio da música);
    3- Críticos, que não conseguem entender a pureza de quem quer cantar apenas porque gosta, e simplesmente deseja compartilhar com os outros o dom que Deus lhe deu.
    Deus lhe deu uma voz tão linda, e nos presenteou com a voz de um anjo. Mas infelizmente o orgulho e a cobiça humana a está inibindo.
    Peço a Deus que a proteja, neste momento, de todos os que dela queiram apenas tirar proveito, e que sua voz continue sendo ouvida pelos que a amam de verdade.
    Eu, em particular, sinto acalmar meu coração quando a ouço cantar.
    Admiro-a justamente por não precisar estudar tanto para aprender o que obviamente já sabe,
    que é cantar como os anjos, pois isso nenhuma escola de música conseguiria ensinar a ninguém!

    Jackie has a wonderful family, siblings and parents who care about her, people who truly love her.
    Since she became famous and his voice was heard around the world, Jackie acquired a public that’s divided into three distinct types:
    1 – Those who just wanna listen her by her lovely voice;
    2 – Those who just want to take advantage of your voice financially (the show-business industry);
    3 – Critics who fail to understand the purity of who want to sing just for passion, and just wanna share with everyone the gift that God gave him.
    God gave her such a beautiful voice, and presented us with a angel’s voice.
    But unfortunately, human pride and greed is inhibiting your gift.
    I beg God to protect her, in this moment, from anyone that just wants to take advantage of her talent, and that his voice is still being heard by who truly love her.
    Myself, especially when I hear Jackie singing, I feel calm down my heart.
    I admire her just because she doesn’t need study too much to learn, which of course already know, that’s like the angels sing, something that anyone’s school of music shouldn’t be able to teach!

  2. Jackie tem uma família maravilhosa, irmãos e pais que se preocupam com ela, que a amam de verdade. Quando ela ficou famosa e sua vós foi ouvida no mundo inteiro, ela adquiriu um público que se divide em três: 1- Aqueles que querem apenas ouvi-la pelo encanto de sua voz., 2- Aqueles que querem fazer negócio com sua vós ¨Industria da música & Comércio¨., 3- Críticos, que não conseguem entender a pureza de quem quer cantar apenas porque gosta, e simplesmente deseja compartilhar com os outros o que Deus lhe deu. Deus lhe deu o dom da vós linda que ela tem, nos presenteou com a vós de um anjo, infelizmente o orgulho, e a cobiça humana a está inibindo. Peço à Deus que a proteja nesse momento de todos os que dela querem apenas tirar lucros, e que sua vós continue sendo ouvida pelos que a amam de verdade. Eu em particular, acalmo meu coração quando ouço ela cantar. A admiro, justamente por não precisar estudar tanto para aprender o que já sabe… Que é cantar como os anjos, pois isso nenhuma escola de música vai conseguir ensinar a ninguém!

  3. Ms. Evancho has a great start in life. She has made many fans happy and I’m one of them. I think she has the most beautiful sounding voice ever on this planet. I can’t listen to anyone else since I heard her voice. What ever happens in her life, only her parents have a say. I just want to listen and enjoy.

  4. My hope for Jackie is that she studies Music as a major and English Lit. as a minor..
    To make her understanding deeper and wider in breadth as she becomes an adult..
    some languages a bit of history and some philosophy.. would add to that..

    BUT if she does none of those things.. having is primary… learning can be fun..
    and should be… a wide eyed ability to learn should be encouraged..
    ***

    • Hasn’t anyone here ever changed his/her mind?
      It has certainly always been a woman’s prerogative…. ;)

        • Yes, indeed. And perhaps even AFTER college. In this day and age, it is not uncommon for a person to have several careers before retirement. And I know that I am grateful for every one of mine! :)

  5. I also find Jackie’s desire to study philosophy in college extraordinary. Like her singing and other traits of her personality it reflects a human being developed not only far beyond her years but far beyond the norms of humanity.

    • Interesting perspective, Joe. We don’t know if Jackie understands what she means when she says she’s interested in philosophy. It’s a hard analytic topic, much harder, in my experience, than music theory. If Jackie is hyperactive (she shows signs of it), she’ll have difficulty getting deeply into the texts. My two sons at fourteen started being interested in philosophy and my daughter a bit later (they still are, now at nineteen, twenty-one, and twenty-five years old). It didn’t occur to me they were far beyond the norms of humanity, just curious and clever.

      • There’s something else to take into consideration too: the discoveries of science, mainly cosmology and physics (and quantum mechanics) seem to have a deep influence on philosophy. Many philosophical questions can turn irrelevant due to the advancements of science. But this is a loooong subject.
        Regards.

Comments are closed.