America’s Got Talent singer Jackie Evancho is just hours from the biggest gig of her career: singing the National Anthem at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration. The 16-year-old light opera singer is slated to perform on the steps of the U.S. Capitol as part of the festivities celebrating the inauguration of the nation’s 45th president.
She also announced that she’s recorded all three songs she’ll perform this weekend with proceeds going to charities in support her her sister, Juliet. Evancho has faced some backlash from LGBTQ activists over her decision to sing at the inauguration of the New York real estate mogul, given that Juliet is transgender and Trump’s Vice President-elect, Mike Pence, signed a religious freedom act into law while Governor of Indiana that many viewed as hostile to the LGBTQ community. Click here to order Together We Stand, which includes Jackie’s versions of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America.”
Because I love my country and ALL of America I’ve recorded 3 songs that have brought us together as Americans throughout our history. My hope is that they will continue to do so. Through the sale of this music I will be making a donation to charities in support of my sister Juliet. Link in bio #TogetherWeStand —-
On Thursday (Jan. 19) she posted a few shots of her rehearsals for the big day, writing in one “I’m here! #inauguration #NationalAnthem.”
Evancho warmed up for Friday’s event by singing “Somewhere” at the Candlelight Ball on Thursday night.