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Jackie Evancho: Little singer, big voice

Youth Impact Report 2011: Young at Chart

Impact: Leveraged the interest around her “America’s Got Talent” appearance into multiple hit recordings.
Next: Rumors of upcoming albums and tours have yet to be confirmed by her camp.
Causes: National spokesperson for the Humane Society.

As a contestant on “America’s Got Talent” in 2010, Evancho appealed directly to auds with an amazingly full-voiced rendition of Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro.” Before eventually being named runner-up, Evancho performed several more times on the show, sounding like a classical soprano at least twice her age — so professional that the Internet abounded with theories over whether her voice could really be that of a 10-year-old.

It is therefore surprising to learn that when she began singing around the house, Evancho got a not-so-enthusiastic response. “My family thought I was horrible,” she told the Associated Press.

Even after her Christmas EP, “O Holy Night,” went platinum last fall and her first official album, “Dream With Me,” debuted at No. 2 following its release in June, Evancho remained untouched by the accolades.

“I really don’t know how my voice is. To me, it’s a child’s voice. It’s just a normal voice to me,” she told the AP.

Oprah Winfrey invited her to appear on one of her final episodes, and Susan Boyle and Barbra Streisand sing on her new CD. Evancho also sang in front of President Obama in a special D.C. performance.

Apart from singing, Evancho’s life is pretty normal: She goes to school with friends and likes sewing, playing the piano and watching television. When she’s traveling, she keeps up with schoolwork on a laptop — just your everyday, down-to-earth young girl, blessed with an incredible voice.

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