Singing sensation Jackie Evancho, whose last seven albums hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Classical Albums chart, has signed with Nashville-based label Melody Place.
Evancho first found fame as a pint-size, 10-year old moppet with an impossibly big voice a decade ago on America’s Got Talent.
“Since the age of 10, she has held millions of people in the palm of her hand with her exquisite vocals, and Melody Place is so proud to be her new label home,” says Fred Mollin, label president and co-founder. “And let’s not forget she’s only 20.”
Evancho is in the studio with Mollin, who has produced such artists as Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Mathis, recording her Melody Place debut single, a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “River.” The label will release the song Oct. 23 with distribution by BMG. Evancho is expected to release a full album in early 2021.
Evancho, who was the youngest person to give a solo concert at New York’s Lincoln Center, has sold more than 3 million albums in the U.S., according to the label. Evancho, who previously recorded for various Sony Music labels before self-releasing her last set, has headlined three PBS specials and recorded duets with Tony Bennett, Placido Domingo, Barbra Streisand, Chris Botti and Joshua Bell.
In February 2019, she returned to America’s Got Talent: The Champions and premiered her version of “Somewhere,” which was on her 2019 album, The Debut, a collection of Broadway covers.
Around that time, she talked to Billboard about turning 18 and coming into her own. “When I was younger and would work with producers and make albums, I would put my two cents in and then whoever was producing the album could decide if they really wanted to listen. Now that I’m 18 and am owning my own career, I think they really do pay attention to what I say more. What I say goes, and I think that’s awesome.”
Last year, she also spoke about wanting to expand her scope beyond music. “I don’t think there is one specific path that I’ll be taking in terms of my music. … I really want to just try a bit of everything. I want to be like a renaissance man, but modern-day. I want to try all sorts of things, and not just in music. I also want to act a little and want to make clothing lines and makeup lines and really just become a businesswoman.”
Most recently, she appeared on Fox’s The Masked Singer.
Among the other acts on the start-up label are Mandy Barnett and Lisa Mills.