Big things are happening for Jackie Evancho.
The 16-year-old soprano has a trip to South Florida coming up. She’ll perform holiday classics at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Tuesday night. Um, attendance may be higher than usual since the talented young lady was tapped to sing at next month’s presidential inauguration of Donald Trump.
She made the announcement on “Today” Wednesday, saying it was going to be “awesome.” After broadcasting the news on social media, the teen naturally received criticism due to the fact that she has a transgender sister.
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“A lot of hate goes toward us,” she said, according to Yahoo News.
The “America’s Got Talent” alum does have some political experience, however. So she’s tougher than your average teenager.
Jackie, who still lives at home with the folks in Pittsburgh, sang for various VIPS including Barack and Michelle Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington in February 2012.
In an interview with the Florida Times Union, the solo artist did admit it caused some anxiety.
“Really, all I remember is standing at the podium. … I pretty much just remember standing there and singing,” she said. “I remember being very nervous.”
She remains humble, sort of.
“There are components of my career that you know are just not normal, like the amount of travel, and the opportunities that I have — which I am extremely grateful that I have. But stuff like that.”