Jackie Evancho. Photo Credit: Jennifer Turino
Multi-platinum vocalist Jackie Evancho spoke about her tribute album “Carousel of Time” to Joni Mitchell, which will be released on September 9, and about the dates of her tour.
Evancho recorded the album with an all-star band of musicians at Nashville’s historic Sound Stage Studios with producer Fred Mollin, with additional recording at Audio Images in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Of her new album, she said, “Of course I’m excited. To be honest, I’m very happy with the choice of the song because it has such beautiful material. For me, it was about finding those who spoke to me personally so that I could portray them and give them their due. Joni is sincerity and I wanted that.”
She shared that Joni Mitchell’s return to live performance this summer was “a happy coincidence.” “That’s how it should have been,” she said with a sweet laugh.
“Music is a part of me and who I am,” she said. “From the moment I can remember anything, music has become my passion and the language I speak best. If I mostly feel bad physically, music makes me feel better.”
Evancho cited “Rainy Night House” as her favorite Joni Mitchell track on this album because it’s such a “beautiful chord combination” and she loves how “melody and words play together”.
She commented that the video for “Both Sides Now” was fun to shoot, even though she filmed it on a hot day. “It was worth it,” she said with a laugh.
Evancho will kick off his tour in New York at the legendary 54 Below. she will play two shows on 13 and 14 September. The rest of the concerts will take place with City Winery starting in October. “I’m so excited about 54 downstairs,” she said. “I really wanted it to be the best it could be. It’s going to be a fun, carefree night that will include Jackie’s classic songs and Joni’s songs. I like it there so much because I can see everyone.”
“The City Winery exhibitions will be similar to the 54 Below exhibitions, but slightly expanded. It will be a similar show and no one will feel left out and that’s important to me,” she said.
She had great words about being part of America’s Got Talent and The Masked Singer. “My experience on America’s Got Talent has definitely defined my career. The Masked Singer was a really fun but crazy experience. Singing in a giant mask is something I’ve never done before, but it pushed me out of my comfort zone in the best possible way. It was fun being anonymous and wild on stage and surprising people as Kitty. That was my favorite part,” she said.
“Milestones for me growing up in the industry was changing my voice on stage and figuring out what to do with it, so it’s an interesting experience,” she admitted. “Some people find it strange to see me at 22 and not at 10,” she said.
Evancho told young and emerging artists: “My advice to young artists is to go for it, especially if they have something inside. Sometimes following the same path that other people are on doesn’t work anymore, especially in this age of social media. You have to be authentic, that’s what’s captivating people right now.”
On being an artist in the digital age, Evancho said, “It’s kind of a challenge. It’s great in many ways, but there are downsides. The beauty of this is the exposure and if you can get it right it really works in your favor and it can definitely be fun. There’s a lot more room for creativity here, and new ideas are coming out into the world.”
The musical duo she dreams of include Lady Gaga and Brandon Flowers of The Killers. “Brandon Flowers has such a beautiful voice, I would love to sing with him,” she said.
She has named The Killers, Muse, Johnny Cash, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, and even Marilyn Manson as her strongest musical influences. “I used to love listening to orchestral pieces and all those classics,” she said.
Of the title of the current chapter of her life, Evancho said, “A true reinvention.”
She shared that if she had any superpower, it would be the ability to “fly”. “I would like to see how it feels. I’ve had dreams that seem so vivid when I’m flying and I only wish I could experience that,” she said.
Evancho defined the word “success” simply as “being happy in life”. “I sincerely mean it. If you are not happy, then even if you achieve the stereotype of success, it will not feel like success. There is nothing better, once you find your happiness, then everything in itself is an achievement and success,” she said.
As part of her pre-performance rituals, she noted that she prays and always “kisses her father on the cheek for good luck.” “Lots of throat tea, lots of honey and lots of water,” she said.
To her fans, Evancho said: “Bless your souls. Thank you so much for enduring everything with me. Still being there means absolute peace to me. I hope the fans know how much I appreciate their love and support because it helps me move forward and be strong and happy.”
Evancho concluded about the new album: “I hope the fans will understand who I am, but through her music. I want people to imagine her and me holding hands while listening to this album. Joni has such a beautiful way with words and melodies. I want to be able to express my version of it.”
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