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Jackie Evancho's message to President Trump

Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - 01:49

The singer releases her seventh album and asks President Trump to meet regarding transgender rights. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: After a year that began in controversy by singing at the inauguration of President Donald Trump, Jackie Evancho is hoping to swift focus back on her music with the release of her seventh album, "Two Hearts." But first, she hopes to use that performance to her advantage in order to secure a meeting with Trump regarding his decision to revoke guidance to public schools letting transgender students use the bathrooms of their choice, reversing a signature initiative of former Democratic President Barack Obama. In February Evancho's transgender sister, Juilet, won a federal lawsuit that allows her and other transgender students to use bathrooms that match their gender identity. "If I had the chance to sit down with him I would want to talk about how it's more of a civil rights issue and there needs to be some sort of legislation or federal law that ensues the protection and safety of my sister and other transgenders. Because it is a super dangerous concept to be in a restroom that you do not identify with and it's scary and I don't think anyone should have to deal with that," said the singer. Evancho began her career as a 10-year-old after placing second on the television show "America's Got Talent." Now the 16-year-old is trying to shake her young girl image by reintroducing herself as more than just a classical singer. "I hope that when people listen to this album they take away what kind of artist I am, I guess. And I hope that they kind of get a sense of its uniqueness. And the fact that there is something most people don't do, there's two genres on one album. Completely different sides of my voice which is kind of the name, two hearts, that's where it comes from," she said. Evancho worked on the album for over a year with her parents to select the songs that would showcase her as an unlimited artist. The teenager is scheduled for a two-week residency at Café Carlyle in New York from April 11-22. "Two Hearts" was released on March 31, 2017.

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Jackie Evancho's message to President Trump

Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - 01:49