Jackie Evancho became a classical-pop crossover star at age 10. After finding fame singing a Puccini aria on America’s Got Talent, Evancho, now 19, has performed for President Donald Trump, appeared in the film The Company We Keep with Robert Redford and recorded duets with Tony Bennett, Plácido Domingo, Barbra Streisand, Chris Botti and Joshua Bell.
But the teen is a perfectionist and thinks she could do much more.
“I tend not to dwell on my success,” Evancho says. “I would love to write and produce and compose my very own album all by myself, but I’m working on the timing and experience. I have to learn a few more life lessons.”
Evancho is working on those by touring the world. She hits the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza stage on Sunday, October 6. Fans will enjoy songs from musicals like Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Waitress, The Band’s Visit, Once and hit films like The Greatest Showman, as well as favorites from her repertoire that have won over audiences.
“I’ll also share stories,” Evancho adds. “I’m letting the people of my life get to know me a bit better.”
Evancho released her latest album, the Broadway-themed Debut, earlier this year.
“I chose the songs with lyrics and melodies that resonated and spoke to me the most,” she says. “It’s very frustrating. I hear a lot of music nowadays that doesn’t speak much. There [are] so many opportunities in song with lyrics. It’s a language that people can’t really criticize very much.”
Evancho is used to criticism, however, as she has been under a microscope since starting her career while still a child. Others are envious of her ability to sing in front of thousands.
“People are like, ‘How could you get on stage at such a young age?’ ” she recalls. “I grew up with it. It’s second nature for me. The hard parts were when I was younger. I wanted to play with my friends and siblings, but I had obligations. I learned responsibility pretty early.”
A fan of the English pop band Arctic Monkeys, Evancho is looking forward to expanding her horizons.
“On my last album, there were three original songs,” she explains. “I like to do these little introductions to the writing world. I personally feel like I have a lot more to offer than just those songs.”
Jackie Evancho performs on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Tickets start at $24. For more information, call 805-449-2787 or visit civicartsplaza.com.