'America's Got Talent' Alum Jackie Evancho to Sing at Trump Inauguration
The 16-year-old performer will deliver the national anthem in January.
Donald Trump has found a performer for his presidential inauguration.
Jackie Evancho, the singer first discovered on America's Got Talent when she was 10 years old, will take the stage at the ceremony.
Now 16, Evancho told Today on Wednesday that she will perform the national anthem. "I felt really honored — to be able to sing for the office, it's a great honor for me," she said of being asked by Trump.
Evancho came in second on the fifth season of the NBC reality competition series, and has since released gold and platinum albums and became the youngest performer to ever give a solo concert at New York’s Lincoln Center. She has plans to issue a collection of pop songs next year.
Trump's communications director for the inaugural committee, Boris Epshteyn, called Evancho "an inspiration for all Americans" in a tweet.
She follows in the footsteps of Aretha Franklin and Beyonce, who sang the national anthem at President Barack Obama’s first and second inauguration ceremonies, respectively.
A photo of Evancho meeting with Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort is posted on her Facebook page.