After placing second in America's Got Talent in 2010, she became the youngest solo artist to release a platinum-selling album with O Holy Night.
She dedicated herself to singing after watching The Phantom of the Opera. She placed second in the U.S.A. World Showcase Talent Competition in Las Vegas.
Her parents, Lisa and Michael Evancho, ran a video security business.
She performed for President Barack Obama for the National Christmas Tree Lighting in 2010.