By/Por Juan Rodríguez Flores, Executive Editor LWR
Jackie Evancho applies her brilliant voice and extraordinary artistry as she celebrates memorable movie music in her third full-length album. “Songs From the Silver Screen”, will be released on October 2, and is available for pre-order now at Amazon and iTunes.
While her first two albums explored musical classics from arias to holiday standards, this time around she wanted to do something a little different. For “Songs From Silver Screen”, she offers her interpretations of a whole new category of classic music – the much-loved movie melodies that have become part of our cultural landscape.
Phantom of the Opera has always been near and dear to Jackie’s heart, and when selecting songs for her album she jumped at the chance to perform one of her favorite songs. “When I saw the movie version of “The Phantom of the Opera” when I was 7 years old, it made me want to become a singer – “The Music of the Night” is one of the most beautiful songs ever written and I’ve always wanted to perform it” [in public]says Jackie. “My enjoyment of the Phantom score is one of the things that gave us the idea to focus an entire album on songs that stayed in our minds for a long time after the movies were over.”
For this album, Jackie collaborated with Grammy-winning producer/engineer Humberto Gatica, whose lengthy and impressive experience in the music industry has seen him work closely with Grammy award winning producer, David Foster, as well as with superstars like Michael Buble, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey and Barbra Streisand.
“No one can sing classical crossover music with the technical precision, emotion and intelligence that Jackie brings to it,” says Gatica. “With the songs we’ve selected for this album, we can show her fans how her talent has only deepened and matured since “Dream With Me”, which I think was one of the most outstanding albums of 2011.”
Jackie has invited some impressive company to partner with her on a few of the tracks. Famed violinist Joshua Bell accompanies her on one track (“My Heart Will Go On” from the movie “Titanic”) as does trumpet player Chris Botti (“The Summer Knows” from “The Summer of ’42”) and 2Cellos (“Se” from “Cinema Paradiso”). There are also very special duets, one with The Canadian Tenors (“Come What May” from “Moulin Rouge”) and one with her older brother, Jacob Evancho (“I See the Light” from “Tangled”).
This past year Jackie’s beauty and poise have also led her in other directions besides music. She was selected by the GUESS Kids clothing line to be in all of their Fall 2012 print advertising.
Furthermore, famed film star/director Robert Redford hand-picked Jackie to play his daughter in the upcoming film “The Company You Keep”.
Of the experience working with Redford Jackie says, “I am so happy that Mr. Redford picked me to be in his film. And I was excited to learn from performers that are amazing at what they do.” The film, set to be released in 2013, features a star-studded cast that included Susan Sarandon, Shia LeBeouf, Terrance Howard, Anna Kendrick, Nick Nolte and Stanley Tucci.