Niagara Gazette — Piers Morgan once commented after one of Jackie Evancho’s performances on “America’s Got Talent,” that “I have never seen an act, on this show or the British show or any of the other talent shows in the world, with more potential than Jackie Evancho. That was perfection. Perfection!”
Morgan is not known for heaping such high praise on a performer, much less one that was only 11 years old. No matter what your opinion of Morgan is, just two years later at just 13 years old, young Jackie Evancho’s accomplishments dwarf what most professional singers achieve over a lifetime.
On Friday, Evancho will be performing at Artpark’s main stage. It is a rare opportunity to catch a young singer early in her career. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $75 to $55.
It’s also your chance to see a performer with a platinum and gold selling album who has performed for many dignitaries including the president of the United States and Japan’s royal family. During a recent phone interview I asked Evancho what it was like to meet and perform for world-famous people.
“All of these stars are so much bigger and better than I am and I assumed they would treat me like a bug in the road, nothing that is too important, but they treated me like I was an equal. It was something that really surprised me, I never expected them to treat me like that,” she said.
Part of Evancho’s incredible charm is her humility. In the 15 minutes we spoke, I was struck at how humble and polite she was without even a trace of ego. With all the horror stories out there about young stars that enter adolescence and self-destruct, I asked Evancho if she worried about suffering the same fate.