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Child singing star Jackie Evancho balances school, career

Published on Jan 11, 2014 6:22 AM
 

MIAMI (REUTERS) - Three years after a popular TV talent show launched child soprano Jackie Evancho on a meteoric career, she still has no singing coach, can't read music and sticks to a modest rehearsal routine.

As she makes the transition from pre-teen singing sensation to professional artist, Evancho, who turns 14 in April, is seeking to balance her school work - and play time - with a busy concert tour schedule and recording her sixth album.

"She has the challenge of going from child star to legitimate artist," said Mrs Lisa Evancho, who tours with her daughter, helping to steam-press her dresses before performances and supervising her rehearsal routine.

"It's no longer 'Let's go see the circus freak - the little girl with the grown-up voice.' It's more like wanting her to stand on her own ability and keep the career going in that direction. And, it looks as if it is," she said.

Actress Jackie Evancho arrives at a screening of the film The Company You Keep during the 37th Toronto International Film Festival in this file photo taken on Sept 9, 2012. Three years after a popular TV talent show launched child soprano Jackie Evancho on a meteoric career, she still has no singing coach, can't read music and sticks to a modest rehearsal routine. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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