O Holy Night (Jackie Evancho EP)

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O Holy Night
Jackie Evancho O Holy Night.jpg
EP by
ReleasedNovember 16, 2010
GenreClassical, holiday
Jackie Evancho chronology
Prelude to a Dream
O Holy Night
Dream With Me

O Holy Night is the official debut Christmas EP by American child singer Jackie Evancho. The album was released on November 16, 2010, only two months after Evancho rose to prominence as a finalist on the reality TV show America's Got Talent. Evancho was ten years old when this EP was released.

The album was certified platinum in the U.S. and Canada. Its success made Evancho the top-selling debut artist for 2010, the youngest solo artist ever to debut in the top 10, the youngest person to ever have a US Top 3 album and the youngest solo artist ever to go platinum.


The album includes a two-disc set: a CD with four recorded tracks and a DVD with 12 minutes of footage of Evancho's performances and America's Got Talent appearances. It also includes an exclusive interview. It was released on November 16, 2010 and reached rank #1 on Amazon's bestsellers in music during pre-orders on October 19, 2010.[1] Evancho released a music video of her singing "Silent Night".[2] The disc was produced by Marius de Vries in only three days in the studio.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

O Holy Night debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 with 239,000 copies sold in its first week and sold 142,000 copies in its second week. It remained in the top five for six weeks.[4][5] The release made Evancho the top-selling debut artist for 2010, and the youngest solo artist ever to debut in the top 10.[6] The Guinness Book of World Records lists Evancho as "the youngest person to ever have a US Top 3 album".[7] The album also debuted at #1 on the Classical Albums Chart[8] and #2 on the Billboard Holiday Albums chart.[9] As of December 10, 2010, the album was certified platinum by the RIAA with shipments in excess of a million copies in the US,[10] making Evancho the youngest solo artist ever to go platinum.[11] It also debuted at #1 on the Canadian Classical Albums Chart.[12] In January 2011, after the Christmas season, sales of the album fell, and it left the Billboard 200 and Holiday charts.[13]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[14]

By May 2011, the album had sold over 1,000,000 copies in the US.[15] In October 2011, with the approach of Christmas, the album's sales increased; it re-entered the Billboard Holiday Albums chart at #10, and in November 2011 it re-entered the Billboard 200 chart, reaching #60, and moved up to #8 on both the Billboard Catalogue Albums chart and Holiday Albums chart.[16][17]

In its 2011 year-end charts, Billboard ranked O Holy Night at the top of its Classical Albums chart for the year.[18] It also ranked the album as the #15 best selling album of 2011 in the U.S.[19] and as the #31 Canadian Album of 2011.[20] The album was listed on the Billboard 200 for a total of 30 weeks, the Holiday Albums chart for a total of 44 weeks, and the Classical Albums chart for a total of 84 weeks.[21]


Evancho's first stop in promoting the album was on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on September 23, 2010, where she gave her first late-night talk show interview with Jay Leno.[22] She appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show on October 19, 2010, the day of the EP's release, along with singers Susan Boyle and Debby Boone. She sang one of the songs from the album, "Pie Jesu", during the show.[23] Among several other talk shows and QVC appearances, Evancho performed on The Today Show on November 9, 2010,[24] The View on November 15, 2010,[25] Martha Stewart Living on November 30, 2010,[26] and the Fox & Friends Christmas special, broadcast on December 24 and 25, 2010, each of which appearances also featured interviews.[27]

Evancho also performed the title song from the album in the My Macy's Holiday Parade presented by WPXI in Pittsburgh on November 27, 2010.[23][28] On November 30, 2010, Evancho sang "O Holy Night" and, together with Katherine Jenkins, "Silent Night", on NBC's Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting special, "Christmas in Rockefeller Center".[29] Such a duet had been rumoured since Piers Morgan commented on the similar appearance of these two singers.[30] On December 9, 2010, Evancho performed at the National Christmas Tree lighting event in Washington, D.C., singing "O Holy Night", with President Obama and his family present.[31] She performed "Pie Jesu" on the 27th annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, which aired on ABC television on December 25, 2010.[32] Evancho sang Pie Jesu during Muhammad Ali's "Celebrity Fight Night" charity event in Phoenix, Arizona, on March 19, 2011.[33]

Track listing[edit]

Disc One (CD)[edit]

  1. "Silent Night" (3:32)
  2. "Panis Angelicus" (3:46)
  3. "O Holy Night" (4:40)
  4. "Pie Jesu" (2:57)

Disc Two (DVD)[edit]

  1. "Panis Angelicus" (YouTube Audition)
  2. "O Mio Babbino Caro" (From America's Got Talent)
  3. "Time to Say Goodbye" (From America's Got Talent)
  4. "Pie Jesu" (From America's Got Talent)
  5. "Ave Maria" (From America's Got Talent)
  6. "Exclusive interview"


Chart (2011)[34] Peak
Canadian Albums Chart 9
US Billboard 200 2
US Billboard Top Classical Albums 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Position
US Billboard 200[35] 15


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  2. ^ "Silent Night" sung by Jackie Evancho, featuring Jacob Evancho, on MTV.com, 2010, accessed November 17, 2011. Jacob is transgender and is now called Juliet. See Nelson, Jeff. "Jackie Evancho's Sister Juliet Opens Up About Her Transgender Journey", People magazine, October 12, 2015
  3. ^ Mitchell, Gail. "Jackie Evancho On Landing Her First Billboard 200 Hit", Billboard.com, November 29, 2010, accessed April 25, 2012
  4. ^ "Chart Moves: Susan Boyle, Jackie Evancho, Dr. Dre, Rihanna". Billboard.biz. 2006-03-25. Retrieved 2010-11-25.
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  9. ^ Holiday Albums, Billboard.com, accessed November 10, 2011
  10. ^ It was also certified gold. See "Evancho" Archived August 27, 2013, at the Wayback Machine results, RIAA's Gold & Platinum Program, accessed May 19, 2014
  11. ^ Richardson, Chris. "Jackie Evancho, Greyson Chance following in Justin Bieber's footsteps?" The Christian Science Monitor, May 24, 2011, accessed March 4, 2012
  12. ^ "CLASSICAL: Top 15". Nielsen SoundScan Charts. Canoe Inc. November 25, 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-12.
  13. ^ Holiday Albums, Billboard.com, accessed November 24, 2011
  14. ^ Monger, James Review: O Holy Night. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2011-01-14.
  15. ^ "Columbia Hopes to Watch Jackie Go", HITS Digital Ventures, June 7, 2011
  16. ^ "Holiday Albums", Billboard.com, Week of November 12, 2011
  17. ^ O Holy Night, Billboard.com, accessed December 15, 2011
  18. ^ ""Best of 2011: Classical Albums", Billboard.com, accessed December 9, 2011
  19. ^ "Best of 2011: Billboard 200 Albums", Billboard.com, accessed December 9, 2011
  20. ^ "Best of 2011: Top Canadian Albums", Billboard.com, accessed December 9, 2011
  21. ^ "O Holy Night – Jackie Evancho", Chart History, Billboard, accessed January 14, 2013
  22. ^ Sciullo, Maria (September 23, 2010). "Singing phenom to appear on 'Tonight Show'". Post-gazette.com. Retrieved 2010-09-23.
  23. ^ a b Fera, Jessica. "Jackie Evancho Featured on 'Oprah Winfrey Show'", Archived August 30, 2011, at the Wayback Machine WPXI.com, October 21, 2010, accessed October 12, 2011
  24. ^ Micco, Cindy Cusic. "Jackie, Oh! Sings to America", Pine-Richland Patch, December 21, 2010, accessed February 24, 2017
  25. ^ Stevenson, Jane. "Young Evancho has Talent", Toronto Sun, December 10, 2010, accessed February 22, 2017
  26. ^ "Christmas Cookies & Jackie Evancho", Martha Stewart Living, November 30, 2010, accessed October 26, 2011
  27. ^ Scott & Todd Podcast (Jackie Evancho), promoting O Holy Night Archived 2012-04-20 at the Wayback Machine 95.5 WPLJ, accessed November 6, 2011
  28. ^ Song and full interview at YouTube. Retrieved 28 October 2010.
  29. ^ Jackie Evancho and Katherine Jenkins Sing 'Silent Night' at Rockefeller Center, wn.com. Retrieved March 6, 2010.
  30. ^ "'America's Got Talent' sensation Jackie Evancho to perform with look-alike Katherine Jenkins at tree lighting", New York Post, 26 November 2010, retrieved 4 September 2011
  31. ^ Obamas, Jackie Evancho, B.B. King and Santa at Christmas Tree lighting, zap2it.com. Retrieved March 6, 2010.
  32. ^ Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, tv.com. Retrieved February 15, 2011.
  33. ^ "Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night XVII". azcentral.com.
  34. ^ "Jackie Evancho - O Holy Night". aCharts. Retrieved November 26, 2011.
  35. ^ "Billboard 200 Year-End 2011". Retrieved 2012-05-03.

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