Saturday, January 19, 2013

An exceptional talent

I saw on YouTube yesterday a song performed by a then 10-year-old American girl named Jackie Evancho. She has a remarkable talent for her age:

And here she is as an 11-year-old. The following video is of a much lower quality, but I've included it because, despite the poor acoustics, you hear a surprisingly mature female voice coming from such a small girl:


  1. Hopefully resists or is protected from despoilment by the tribal types who specialise (gleefully) in corruption of those of us who shine most resplendently. Seems likely though as evidence by an appearance on such a show.

  2. She's good. That doesn't mean she'll be famous.

    If Celtic Woman proved one thing, it's that there's an endless supply of presentable, seemingly well-behaved white women who can sing like nobody's business. You can ring them up like pizza if you've got an act that makes good use of them, because they generally don't have good jobs from their singing, fiddle-playing and so on, even though white audience are and will remain favorably inclined to that sort of talent.

    Between the audience and the act (falls the shadow) stands the malign culture of modern mass entertainment.

    I hope that talent like that has a great future, and at the audiences that appreciate it also have a great future.

  3. She is already very famous in the U. S. and has sung at the White House Christmas Tree lighting special for Obama.

  4. Anonymous said...

    "She is already very famous in the U. S. and has sung at the White House Christmas Tree lighting special for Obama."

    Get outta here! Really!?! Wow!

  5. Hopefully she doesn't end up like Charlotte Church, Katy Perry, the Simpson sisters, et cetera ad nauseam...

  6. Beautiful, I'm watching a lot of her videos now.

  7. I understand that she became famous through appearing in the 2010 season of America's Got Talent.

    I first learned of her when she appeared in her special concert program on public television (PBS) back in 2011 (if I recall correctly). I especially loved her rendition of "The Lord's Prayer." It's on YouTube, but I don't have the URL at the moment.