Dream with Me

 
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Clean classical music from child prodigy.

What parents need to know

Educational value

May inspire kids to explore classical music.

Positive messages

Several positive messages about finding peace and staying strong in the face of adversity.

Positive role models

Evancho performs extremely clean songs and works on behalf of animal charities like The Humane Society of the United States.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dream with Me is a super-clean album featuring classical foreign-language mainstays like "O Mio Babbino Caro" alongside English-language hits throughout the decades, from "When You Wish Upon a Star" (Judy Garland) to "Angel" (Sarah McLachlan). It's a great pick for parents who want to introduce their young kids to classical music -- and highlight a good role model to boot -- though they should note that some songs reference religion.

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What's the story?

DREAM WITH ME is the first full-length CD from Jackie Evancho -- the 10-year-old classical singing sensation with the very adult voice who took second place in the TV show America's Got Talent. The album is filled with 14 songs that run the gamut from old-world classical standbys like "Ombra Mai Fu," to newer classics from other genres, such as "Somewhere" by Barbra Streisand (who sings along with Evancho in this version) and "Angel" by Sarah McLachlan. With no mature content or language to be found (though some parents will want to know that religious references are included in certain songs), the CD is a positive pick for younger audiences who are just beginning to cut their teeth on classical music.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Evancho's talent is undeniable (and amazing), especially given her very young age. She takes care with every one of her soprano notes, nailing her vocals again and again in these tunes. While her duo performances on "Somewhere" with Barbra Streisand and "A Mother's Prayer" with Susan Boyle demonstrate that she's still got a ways to go before she actually is an adult, Jackie certainly has a bright future ahead.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about 10-year-old Jackie Evancho's rise to incredible fame (her 2010 song "O Holy Night" became the top-selling debut single of that year). Is it good for a child that young to pursue a major recording career? Why or why not?

  • What are some of the plusses and minuses that Jackie may be experiencing in her life as a result of her fame?

Music details

Artist:Jackie Evancho
Release date:June 3, 2011
Type:Album
Label:Columbia
Genre:Classical
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old August 21, 2013
 

Perfectly Fine for any age

Nothing wrong with it, any age is fine, very inspiring especially if you know the story
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