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Prelude to a Dream is Jackie Evancho's debut studio album which was released independently through CD Baby on November 10, 2009.

The album has since been withdrawn by Evancho's parents, citing Evancho's vocal progress since its recording.

Album Background[]

Withdrawal of Album[]

In late August of 2010, Evancho's parents withdrew "Prelude to a Dream" from distribution. Her father, Mike Evancho, gave the following reason for the withdrawal, stating: "Because the CD was recorded about a year and a half ago and her current voice no longer sounds like what it did then ... we decided to withdraw Prelude to a Dream and will be concentrating on new material as part of her progress."

Since then, the CD has become a collector's item and autographed copies have sold for more than $3,000.

Tracklisting[]

  1. Everytime
  2. Concrete Angel
  3. Teaching Angels How To Fly
  4. Starry Starry Night
  5. Think of Me
  6. Memory
  7. To Where You Are
  8. River of Dreams
  9. Dark Waltz
  10. The Prayer
  11. Amazing Grace
  12. Ave Maria
  13. O Mio Babbino Caro
  14. Con Te Partiro

Chart Performance[]

"Prelude to a Dream" peaked at #121 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on Billboard's Classical Albums chart (remaining on the chart for 4 weeks), nine months after Evancho's first performance on "America's Got Talent." It sold 4,000 copies (nearly all digital).

Critical Reception[]

Jason Dowd of The Expressionist magazine gave the album a glowing review. Rating the album 5 out of a possible 5, Dowd wrote: "This nine-year-old girl sings like a bird, with perfect harmony, passion, and heart. ... Jackie’s vocals on this CD are second to none; she has pitch perfect control and powerful vocals when needed, while delivering a sweet innocence in her voice. ... Jackie demonstrates her talent most in the song, "O Mio Babino Caro". I am amazed at the power and range she is able to achieve on this song. ... Some other great songs to mention on this album are "Teaching Angels How to Fly" for its sweet, soothing and heart-warming story and vocals, and also "Amazing Grace". ... We would definitely recommend this CD to anyone, and if you don’t like classical crossover, Jackie will make you a fan."

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