Pittsburgh native Jackie Evancho released her independent debut album, Prelude to a Dream, in 2010 when she was only ten years old, laying claim to the title of the world's youngest opera singer, and her appearances on the fifth season of NBC's America's Got Talent (she finished second) brought her a huge crossover audience. This set, her first for Sony Masterworks' Portrait Records and fifth album overall, was produced by Nick Patrick and features a mix of classical pieces, contemporary pop tunes, and a handful of originals.
Performance CreditsJackie Evancho Primary Artist
Nicholas Dodd Conductor
Richard Cottle Conductor,Keyboards
Pete Davis Keyboards
Sally Herbert Keyboards
Nick Patrick Keyboards
Esbjörn Öhrwall Guitar
Ian Burdge Cello
John Winfield Background Vocals
Shelly Poole Background Vocals
Budapest Concert Orchestra Performing Ensemble
James Graydon Guitar
Nikolaj Bloch Guitar
Caroline Buckley Background Vocals
Budapest City Choir Choir, Chorus
Technical CreditsGiulio Caccini Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber Composer
Sergey Rachmaninov Composer
Nicholas Dodd String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Rick Allison Composer
Adam Clayton Composer
Richard Cottle Programming,Orchestral Arrangements
Pete Davis Programming
Charles Hart Composer
Sally Herbert Programming,Orchestral Arrangements
Ennio Morricone Composer
Larry Mullen Composer
Nick Patrick Programming,Producer
Richard Stilgoe Composer
Paul Hewson Composer
Lara Fabian Composer
Ramin Djawadi Composer
Michael Scherchen drum programming
Sharon den Adel Composer
Budapest Concert Orchestra Orchestral Arrangements
Robert Westerholt Composer
Tamás Kurina Engineer
Martijn Spierenburg Composer
David Evans Composer
Johan Oberholzer Composer
George R.R. Martin Composer
Vladimir Vavilov Composer
Stan Kleja Vocal Engineer
Richard Northern drum programming
Paul Sumares Composer
Lisa Venkatrathnam Composer
Jean-Pierre Steyn Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Awakening based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Strength, precision, golden sweetness; soaring beauty. This is a quantum leap from her previous album. Jackie takes chances on "Awakening": the more difficult the song technically, the better she does. The echoing effect in the production can be heard as a flaw. It's a matter of personal taste. Still, she achieves great emotive power and makes low-range to high-range vocal shifts effortlessly. "Awakening" is a joy to play.
Big voice from a small young lady! The little prodigy that made good on her dream! This is absolutely a "must have album"!
Hey world, I love this CD, and so should you. Listen regularly and "live longer" . . . PS, blown away by "Memories"
Angelic voice! Amazing 14 year old Wunderkind! I love Je t'aime (I love you), Ave Maria, Vocalise, Dormi Jesu. A mixture of pop and classical. Wow! What a voice!
Jackie is a great natural talent, she is not a classically trained singer, nor does she try to sound like one, she has a lovely soft warm voice that has no harshness of any kind. This album is like listening to a beautiful young lady who is singing just because she loves to do so, her voice never sounds forced or unnatural, but smooth, delicate and precise. There is a good variety of tracks on this album, and I have found it has grown on me allot, there are some tracks that are stronger than others but all are good. Jackie is still only 14 but her voice shows allot of maturity.
I had my bring this CD to the hospital when I had my stroke and listened to it a lot. The entire hospital staff liked it.
Partly pop, partly classical, completely slow. There's so much reverb that it gets annoying and there's not enough variety to keep it interesting. She does have a pretty voice, but a voice alone doesn't make a good CD.