December 14 we heard Il Volo on the Today Show partner with Jackie Evancho, past winner of “America’s got Talent“. She is a classically trained singer that does opera, Broadway, romantic pop music and some other types. Her voice is getting more and more developed as she gets older (only 16 yrs old) and I keep thinking that we Il Volo fans have been here before. When Il Volo started here in the United States for their first trip Gianluca was 16 (Ignazio was 17 and Piero was 18) . However, his voice was already more developed for that same age. That is not a complaint against Jackie – just nature. Now they have joined together to record some music and on the Today Show they did the Christmas song: “Little Drummer Boy”.
First comment I have is this is the best female partner they have partnered with (except for Barbara Streisand) – the best voice, the best trained and the best suited to their singing style. I hope they do more things together.
What you will note in this performance is that the boys’ voices – the pure instruments – are much larger and have a bigger sound (more training and they are older). That is aside from singing louder or softer. When they sing soft it is a larger sound than Jackie singing soft. But on Today the boys showed the true musicianship they have by regulating their sound to blend well with her. They could very easily have drown her out – TOTALLY. As you go through the song please note how each guy has a duet line with her and that each guy adjusts to her so beautifully.
The song was well done and the boys work very nicely with Jackie. I would like to see them together again sometime.
I would also like to see the boys on more US TV shows like the Tonight Show, Late Show, Jimmy Kimmel, Live with Kelly, The View, Ellen, etc. etc.