Movie Role, Christmas CD in Store for Jackie Evancho

Pint-sized singing star from Richland to perform Sunday with Pittsburgh Opera in sold-out show.

When 11-year-old Jackie Evancho tells you that dreams can come true, it's hard to keep up with just how big this kid can dream.

In the week leading up to her , two major announcements were made.

First, she is going to be in a Robert Redford movie, The Company You Keep.

Secondly, her Christmas album will be released Nov. 1.

The Movie

The movie is based on the novel by Neil Gordon, in which a former Weather Underground militant named Jim Grant must go on the run when a reporter exposes his identity, according to Variety.com.

Redford stars as Jim Grant and Jackie plays the part of his daughter, "who recently lost her mother and is unaware of her father's militant past," Variety.com reports.

The Christmas Album

Jackie’s first full-length holiday album Heavenly Christmas will be available Nov. 1 exclusively in stores and on Walmart.com.

Last year, Jackie released a short-version Christmas EP soon after the finale of , in which she was named runner-up. That EP, O Holy Night, topped the charts.

Heavenly Christmas is a collection of standards like White Christmas, traditional tunes like O Come All Ye Faithful and perennial favorites like The First Noel, the jackieevancho.com website states.

“It wasn’t easy to choose songs for this album because I love all Christmas songs so much! There’s always been a lot of music in our house during the holidays and I enjoy singing these songs every year,” Jackie said on her website.

“I hope this album is something that my fans will enjoy for many Christmases to come. It’s my gift to them for all their support and encouragement.”

Billboard’s 21 Under 21

Jackie also was recently named to Billboard's "21 Under 21" list, an annual ranking of the most powerful minors in the music industry.

Billboard said her spectacular successes in 2010 and 2011 – including placing second in the America’s Got Talent competition, the blockbuster releases of O Holy Night and Dream With Me and the artistic triumph of her Dream With Me concert appearances – set her apart from other young performers,” her website states.

A Very Jackie Quote

Despite a whirlwind year of sold-out concerts, national TV appearances, a certified-gold CD and international recognition, the golden-haired little girl from Richland Township offered a simple quote on her website.

“It’s been an amazing year,” she said. “But the thing that’s the best is being with my parents, my brothers and sister, and the rest of my family. They’ll always be my favorite audience!”

Dr.Fred Brown October 15, 2011 at 01:58 AM
A number of us will be 'camped-out' at Katz Plaza on the oppisite corner from the theater Between 3:PM and dark. If you are in the area reporting , Please stop in and sign our banner which says "The Dream Comes Home" We are counting on over a hundred signatures on the back. It will be gived to Jackie.
Cindy Cusic Micco October 15, 2011 at 02:53 AM
Will you be there between 3 p.m. and dark on Saturday? Are you in Pittsburgh already? It will be a crazy weekend -- a march and rallies are planned by OccupyPittsburgh on Saturday and the Steelers play at Heinz Field on Sunday. I'm wondering what the out-of-town Jackie fans will be thinking of all this!
Chuck Yates October 15, 2011 at 03:44 AM
►► Cindy... A great issue of the Patch. Thanks for all your support. There's going to be a bunch of fans setting up in Katz Plaza... there's even a motorcoach load coming down from Erie. If someone from the Patch (maybe with a camera) happens to be in the area the Facebook crowd can be identified by their 3X8 four-color banner and Dr. Fred Brown in his white suit. Regarding the 'OccupyPittsburgh' thing... do you know if they will be anywhere near the Benedum, should there be any concern? Thanks again.... ChuckYates@hotmail.com
Cindy Cusic Micco October 15, 2011 at 04:04 AM
Thanks, Chuck! Patch writer Kathleen Sauers will be there Sunday to cover the concert, along with photographer Wendy Compernolle. Sounds like the fans have a great event planned. As for OrganizePittsburgh, you will be very close to the activities. Here is a link to their website, which has a map. http://www.occupypittsburgh.org/ The Benedum is at 237 Seventh St. If you are not interested in those activities, you might want to avoid that area on Saturday afternoon.
Joe Merkt October 16, 2011 at 12:11 PM
Cindy, Thanks for the wonderful article and for all of the support for Jackie Evancho. As a fan, originally from Tampa and now from Nashville, it's great to get the hometown perspective. I have the honor to be attending this wonderful "homecoming" concert. I arrived from Nashville yesterday and find Pittsburgh to be a bustling and beautiful city. I'm eager to see the inside of the Benedum Center. The pictures I've seen are beautiful! I will be at the fan gathering, that Fred Brown has organized, at Katz Plaza along with many others. It should be a great event! Joe Merkt
Cindy Cusic Micco October 16, 2011 at 12:37 PM
Oops, just realized I had wrong address for Benedum. It is 719 Liberty Avenue.
Cindy Cusic Micco October 16, 2011 at 12:39 PM
Joe, Thank you for your kind words and welcome to our city! I hope everyone has a wonderful time. I know the concert will be great! Cindy


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