American Idol star Jessica Sanchez lends her soaring vocals to the inspiring single, “Lead Me Home,” the first track available from the forthcoming Original Cast Recording, Heartbeat of Home. The full length album will be released under Decca/Universal Music Classics (MCA Music / Universal Music Philippines) in February 2014.
As a young singer of Philippine decent, Sanchez and the Decca label have partnered to donate $0.90 from each single sold of “Lead Me Home” to the Red Cross to support those affected by Typhoon Yolanda in the region.
On the heels of the new single, Sanchez was also able to perform both the Philippine National Anthem and the U.S. National Anthem last November 24th during the Pacquiao-Rios fight in Macao where Pacquiao dedicated his fight for all the victims of Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda. As part of her ongoing charitable work, Sanchez also visited the Philippines in December on a mission with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to assist residents with hearing loss who have no resources to acquire hearing aids.
Heartbeat of Home, the new music and dance spectacular from the producers of Riverdance, lovingly encompasses a diverse array of multi-cultural influences, blending the thunder and drama of Irish dance with the sultriness and attitude of Latin American salsa, and the glorious rhythms of Africa. Three years in the making, Hearbeat of Home features original music by Golden Globe-nominated composer Brian Byrne and lyrics by award-winning writer Joseph O’Connor, and will be featured on PBS stations across the country in the month of March (check local listings). A documentary on the making of the show will also air on select PBS stations this December. In early 2014, the stage show will also make its North American debut at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre January 21st through March 2nd, with a series of shows to follow at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre March 4th through 16th, Detroit’s Fisher Theatre March 18th through 23rd and Boston’s Wang Theatre March 25th through April 6th.
Jessica Sanchez, the 17-year-old California native who won over American Idol viewers with her diva-worthy vocal range, released her debut single, “Tonight” featuring Ne-Yo last March 21st. Her single is now enjoying heavy rotation on radio and TV Channels nationwide and also charting Top 1 -5 on radio station all over the Philippines.
Me, You & the Music, Sanchez’s high-energy, beat-soaked debut album, released last May 14 on MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines), features production by Benny Benassi, Harvey Mason Jr., Ne-Yo, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate & Toby Gad.
Born and raised in Chula Vista, California, Sanchez has worked on honing her vocal versatility for almost her entire life. She started singing when she was two and lists Mariah Carey, Etta James, and Ray Charles among her musical influences. At age ten she performed Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” on an episode of Showtime at the Apollo. A year later, she competed on the premiere season of America’s Got Talent, reaching the wild-card round before getting cut. Over the next few years, Sanchez performed at venues both large and small (including a 2008 San Diego Chargers game) and released a number of covers (such as Etta James’s “I’d Rather Go Blind”) through an independent record label. After nailing her American Idol audition in 2011, Sanchez climbed to the final two and landed her deal with Interscope soon after the season finale. Diving into the recording of her debut last summer, Sanchez took a break from the studio to tear through a rousing, choir-backed rendition of Marvin Gaye’s “All I Need to Get By” at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.