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Now, this is the Jackie Evancho I have been waiting for! She is finally singing with the full complement of her enormous vocal ability. But, more on this in a bit.
As Runner-Up to singer Michael Grimm on America’s got Talent 5th Season, she instantly became the media darling of the new wave of singers inhabiting the classical crossover genre.
The story resonating behind a 10-year-old adorable little girl with a mature classical voice captured fans and musical media pundits from around the world. The whole world wrapped their arms around her lovely, unaffected and genuine persona. What was there not to like? So much beauty, talent and poise in one small package.
However, as much as I admired her composure and presence on stage, I was extremely worried about the manner in which she was projecting her voice. Her technique seemed very rigid, her vocal timbre covered and manipulated to create a sound which was not in and of itself authentic.
Most definitely, she was gifted with a very special vocal talent. Of this, there was no question. Her musicality and artistry on stage were quite phenomenal.
However, technically there were some issues. Her jaw was extremely tight and, more often than not, when she navigated to her upper register, she was not forming that all-important open oval position which is so important to the projected freedom in the soprano register. Her head voice was, for all intents and purposes, locked up behind a rigid vocal masque.
However, in this video of her new pop single, Apocalypse, we hear a different Jacquie – one that has accepted, refined and embraced the enormous beauty of her head voice. She sounds like an angel and, undeniably, is singing with seamless purity throughout her range. I. Love. It.
Gone is the dark timbre of the voice we heard when she was on America’s Got Talent. Now, her voice sounds translucent and pure, and her high register pops out like crystalline bells. Gorgeous. And with her lower register ringing with head voice as well, she sings with clear and precise intonation in that area of her range as well.
You will also notice that her mouth and jaw are very relaxed in this video , especially when she moves into her upper range. This is as it should be. Her voice is truly liberated and naturally beautiful.
You can download Apocalypse on iTUNES or, if you have APPLE MUSIC, you can stream it HERE. It is a wonderful song, beautifully crafted by songwriter/producer Peter Zizzo (Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne) and producer Michael Mangini (Joss Stone. In other words, David Foster made this all happen. He has been a mentor to Jackie pre-America’s Got Talent and is still shaping the trajectory of this talented young lady’s music career. Kudos to all involved.