Pittsburgh's Jackie Evancho to Sing at Trump Inauguration
It’s not the first time the Pittsburgh-area prodigy has performed for a U.S. President.
Minutes before Donald Trump is sworn in as the nation’s 45th President on January 20, Richland Township-native Jackie Evancho will sing the national anthem on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
The 16-year old prodigy and classical crossover vocalist rose to fame as an “America’s Got Talent” finalist six years ago.
"I'm honored, I get to perform for the office so I’m very excited," Evancho told anchors of NBC’s Today show Wednesday morning.
Evancho met Trump shortly after her appearance on “America’s Got Talent” in 2010.
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She will have a couple of tough acts to follow next month. Beyonce sang the national anthem at the second inauguration for President Obama in 2013 and Aretha Franklin performed during his first ceremony 2009.
Evancho also has performed for Obama. In 2010, she sang at the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse in front of the White House.
"I felt really honored to have the chance to perform for the president again," she said.
Despite singing before huge audiences worldwide, the teenager admits that she still gets nervous before performances.
She explains how she calms herself and shares what it was like to sing for President Obama in the video below.