Juliet and Jackie Evancho.
Singer Jackie Evancho has taken heat from critics of President-elect Donald Trump for agreeing to sing the national anthem at next week’s inauguration. However, the 16-year-old star is hoping that for the few moments that she’s singing, people will set aside politics, she tells CBS News national correspondent Michelle Miller in an interview for CBS SUNDAY MORNING to be broadcast Sunday, Jan. 15 (9:00 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network.
“I hope to just kind of make everyone forget about rivals and politics for a second and just think about America and the pretty song that I’m singing,” Evancho tells Miller. “I’m hoping that I can bring people together.”
Ever since it was announced that she would perform at the event, Evancho, a strong advocate for LGBT rights, was criticized as giving tacit approval to an incoming administration some critics suggest will be intolerant to the LGBT community.
For Evancho, that’s a point that hits home. Her sister, Juliet Evancho, was born Jacob, and is transgender.
“The way I look at it is Jackie is singing for our country, and it’s an honor for her to be singing in front of so many people,” Juliet tells Miller. “So I feel that’s really where I look at it. And that’s where I’m going to leave it right now.”
Jackie Evancho also talks with Miller about her thoughts for Inauguration Day, the start of her career, and her life at home near Pittsburgh.
CBS SUNDAY MORNING is broadcast Sundays (9:00-10:30 AM ET) on the CBS Television Network. Rand Morrison is the executive producer.
Richard Huff 212-975-3328 HuffR@cbsnews.com