Fourteen-year-old vocal sensation Jackie Evancho’s new album, “Awakening,” signals some new directions for the platinum-selling artist. Without foregoing the beautiful and lush classical-crossover compositions for which Evancho has became famous, she also extends her stylistic reach with contemporary material on songs such as the haunting folk song “The Rains of Castamere” from HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones.” Jackie also takes a bigger step forward on her version of U2’s “With or Without You,” and also sings a few original songs including the anthem “Take Me There” and “Open Fields of Grace,” which were written especially for her. Produced by Nick Patrick, “Awakening” also features the ethereal ballad “Memories” by the Dutch band, Within Temptation, and the popular classic “Think of Me” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. Rounding out the album are the classical standards “Ave Maria” and Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalise.”
Jackie Evancho dazzled American television audiences at age ten gaining global recognition with her stunning debut on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Since then, she has released a string of successful albums and acted in Robert Redford’s “The Company You Keep” alongside Susan Sarandon. Earlier this year, Jackie performed at the PBS Memorial Day Concert and also at the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony.