I’m probably the last person on this planet to know about her, but I was flipping channels last weekend and happened upon a clip of this child on a PBS fundraiser. I had never heard of her, but sat in total disbelief—slack-jawed, really.
Look at this video—hang in there through the America’s Got Talent promo stuff—you won’t regret it:
The story goes that two years ago—you, know, back when she was 8?—her mother took her to see The Phantom of the Opera. She was enchanted with the music, got the soundtrack and began singing around the house. Mom thought she sounded pretty good.
Ya think?I guess the rest is gonna be history.
Jackie says that she does not perform any special rituals before each performance—only to thank God each time for her gift and ask that He be with her on stage…
It was her special dream to sing with the great Sarah Brightman, the original “Christine” in The Phantom of the Opera. Here is a picture of the together during their performance. If you go to youtube you can see many clips of Jackie, including this performance. Believe me, she more than holds her own with Brightman.
It is, indeed, like God decided to do something really special with this child. She seems the total package, doesn’t she? There are very few people more beautiful physically than she and with that amazing talent…her parents must vacillate between pride/joy and abject fear at such pressure on their child.
Anyway, I was captivated and thought that some of you might enjoy hearing her as well. C
PS. Jackie's mom did want everyone to know that she has had a couple of months of voice lessons...right...