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Jackie Evancho talks about performing at Donald Trump's inauguration, dealing with criticism and more

Jackie Evancho

Marc Kayne

Jackie Evancho

17

December

Jackie Evancho, 16, has been in the spotlight since early childhood, from albums with mega-producer David Foster to a second-place finish on on America's Got Talent, catapulting her to stardom. Her six studio albums, including the new Someday at Christmas, have all been hits.

But just booked what might be her biggest -- and maybe most controversial -- gig yet: Singing the national anthem at Donald Trump's presidential inauguration in January.

"It's a huge honor to be singing for my country," the classical crossover singer said by phone from Chicago, days before performing at Ruth Eckerd Hall, one of her last concerts before Inauguration Day. "It may be one of my most-scrutinized performances. But that's something I can't really think about, or else I'll get psyched out. So I have to think about it like it's going to be another gig."

Tickets to see Evancho in Clearwater start at $39.50. Click here for details.

For more of our interview with Jackie Evancho, click here.

[Last modified: Saturday, December 17, 2016 3:30pm]

    

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