A legend already and still in her teens, singer Jackie Evancho seizes a pivotal moment in her career to reveal a fresh side to her art with the release of Two Hearts, a joint venture with Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks. The beautiful soprano also has a passion for pop and an emerging gift for songwriting. Two Hearts features the classical crossover songs and enduring favorites that are her signature sound, along with a bonus disc of five songs that explore the newly discovered pop side of her voice, four of which she co-wrote. The album will be released March 31, 2017, and is available for preorder now. Evancho makes her Café Carlyle debut in New York City from April 11-22 in support of the new album Two Hearts.
Fresh from Evancho’s spotlight performance of the National Anthem at January’s Presidential inauguration, Two Hearts reveals to the world a young artist on a journey of discovery. The world knows Evancho as a platinum-selling, history-making teen vocal sensation. Her six previous albums have entered the Billboard Classical chart at No. 1. Her fans love her crystalline soprano voice, and it is the heart of her art. With her new album, Evancho explores her own creative evolution, a new joy in singing and in writing songs.
The classic Evancho sound opens Two Hearts in the inimitable Lucio Dalla ballad “Caruso,” first recorded by the great tenor Luciano Pavarotti. The sound echoes in the lovely “Attesa,” arranged from the instrumental Intermezzo in Mascagni’s opera Cavalleria rusticana , and “How Great Thou Art,” the soaring anthem of faith that was a favorite of Elvis Presley’s.
Great singers have inspired Jackie Evancho, and on Two Hearts she brings her gifts to three very different songs identified by singers she admires – the Oscar-nominated “May It Be,” written for Enya to sing on the soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring; the Oscar-winning “The Way We Were,” which Barbra Streisand (with whom Evancho has recorded) made famous in the film of the same name and Taylor Swift’s “Safe and Sound.” Also included are Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall” and a live recording of Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years,” as a duet with the emerging crossover tenor Fernando Varela.
The Two Hearts disc two includes five songs, four of which are brand-new pop creations in which Evancho was a collaborating writer – “Sane,” “Pedestal,” “The Haunting” and “Wonderland.” The fifth is “Apocalypse” – released as a single in 2016 – in which the singer began to explore her affinity for a straight-up pop sound.