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Jackie Evancho

Jackie Evancho

Singer Jackie Evancho is once again on her way to the Region to entertain audiences.

“I’m going to be doing a lot of my older music as well as songs from the album I’ve been working on,” said Evancho, during a recent telephone interview.

The 16-year-old singer brings her tour to Star Plaza Theatre on Friday. Evancho, who garnered audience attention while she was a contestant on the fifth season of “America’s Got Talent,” said she enjoys touring the country with both her holiday- themed shows and other concerts.

The young singer with the angelic voice recently finished a new Christmas album in addition to working on a non-holiday album. She said she always enjoys this time of year. Through her Star Plaza Theatre show isn’t a holiday concert, Evancho said she’ll soon be starting a series of Christmas shows to promote the new album.

“I’m excited for my Christmas album to come out,” Evancho said. Fans will definitely be hearing a mix of tunes from Evancho at the Merrillville show. She recently debuted a pop-inspired single “Apocalypse.”

The singer said she’s always interested in exploring new tunes and new styles. “It’s a performer’s job to look for new things,” she said. Evancho’s summer season was pretty full as she was preparing and recording her new music.

“During the whole summer, I’ve been working on and writing songs for the two albums,” she said.

During a past interview, Evancho said she grew up in a home where all types of music was enjoyed. That opened her eyes and ears to eclectic sounds. “I listen to everyone and everything,” she said.

For Evancho, away from the music arena, cooking is an activity she wouldn’t mind participating in more.

“I do like to cook but I don’t always have time to do it. I love to try new foods. A steak, for me, is always (a favorite),” she said.

Evancho said she hopes fans attending the Star Plaza show will “have a good time.”

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Entertainment Editor/Features Reporter

Eloise is A&E Editor and a food, entertainment and features writer for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.