Jessica Sanchez, the 17-year-old California native who won over American Idol viewers in 2011 with her diva-worthy vocal range — released her debut single, “Tonight” featuring Ne-Yo recently. 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. Jessica’s Tonight ft. Ne-Yo video below courtesy of JessicaSanchezVEVO.
Me, You & the Music, Sanchez’s high-energy, beat-soaked debut album, released yesterday, May 14 on MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines). Me, You & the Music 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.
Jessica Sanchez: Me, You & The Music was released under MCA Music Music, you can download this album now via iTunes!
A Messenger: Colton Dixon’s Debut Release
by Len Armea
American Idol Season 11 Finalist Colton Dixon is here in Manila to promote his debut album entitled “A Messenger” as well as to show his full support to fellow AI finalist Jessica Sanchez at her upcoming concert at the Big Dome on February 14.
The 21-year-old rocker from Tennessee, who’s known for his Christian music, has 13 songs from his album distributed in the Philippines by MCA Music. His two singles “Never Gone” and “You Are” are both doing well in the music charts.
In fact, Never Gone sold 21, 000 units during the first week of release and got an instant success on iTunes Christian and Gospel Singles chart, Billboard’s Christian Digital Songs and Christian/Gospel Digital song charts. Meanwhile, You Are also hit #1 on the same charts and was selected as USA Today’s Song of the Week upon its digital release October 30.
Colton, who looks up to Chris Daughtry, Coldplay, Lifehouse, Switchfoot as his musical influences, is proud of his debut album because it is through this that he was able to fulfill his unexpected calling.
“We’ve all been deep in that valley, and I know what I’ve been through. Whenever I’m in those dark places, I feel that God has pulled me through, and I want to inspire others by telling them about my experiences. That’s the central message of A Messenger. Those who never saw me on Idol will get to know where my heart lies pretty fast when they listen. Musically, I also think that it’s important to present a vibe that has a unique and fresh energy and point of view.”
Colton also acknowledges his Filipino fans for their support to his music career. He even quipped that based on his Facebook fan page, the most numbers of his supporters came from the Philippines.
“Thank you, guys, for being so awesome!”
Other songs included in his album, which he mostly co-wrote with other respected songwriters in the music industry, are “Noise”, “I’ll Be The Light,” “Love has Come for Me,” “Scars,” “Rise,” “Where My Heart Goes,” “This is Who I Am,” “In and Out of Time,” “Let Them See You,” and “The Shape of Your Love.”
Photo taken from today’s press conference held at EDSA Shangri-La Hotel (12 Feb 2013). More HERE. Thanks to MCA Music for this opportunity.
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Colton Dixon, the American Idol finalist is showing his full support to Pinoy pride colleague Jessica Sanchez by performing at the latter’s upcoming Big Dome Valentine concert. This much-awaited concert date will serve as a highlight occasion in mirroring the success of their respective solo recordings ever since making waves during the 11th season of American Idol.
Colton will release his debut album “A Messenger” here in the Philippines in time for his upcoming concert with Jessica Sanchez. A MESSENGER boasts two singles that both topped the Christian and Gospel Digital Sales. The songs “You Are” and “Never Gone” best represent the album distributed in the Philippines by MCA Music. Their uplifting messages and complementing melodies provide Colton perfect avenues to share his musicality and character.
“Never Gone” in particular sold 21,000 units during just the first week of release. This favorable response made it into an instant success on the iTunes Christian and Gospel Singles chart, Billboard’s Christian Digital Songs, and Christian/Gospel Digital Songs charts. The anthemic “You Are”, which like “Never Gone” also hit the top spot on the said charts, was selected as USA Today’s Song of the Week last October. Never Gone video for iheartradio courtesy of RickeyTVX.
“A Messenger”, an album Colton did with a number of notable songwriters and producers, contains 11 tracks showcasing his trademark balance of vocal tenderness and intensity, as well as his energetic piano playing and, of course, his sense of hope and inspiration. He co-penned with mega- producer Busbee (Daughtry, P!nk, Switchfoot, Smash Mouth) “You Are” and the power rock “Noise.” Renowned Nashville-based songwriter Zac Maloy (Daughtry, Plain White T’s) is featured on the power anthem “I’ll Be The Light,” while Dave Bassett (Shinedown) co-wrote with him “This Is Who I Am.” He also asked for help in writing the songs “Never Gone,” and “In and Out of Time.”
“Shape Of Your Love” is added as a bonus track in Colton’s Philippine CD release.
The album aptly titled A Messenger will also be available digitally via iTunes Philippines and Mymusicstore.com.ph
As for Jessica, her runner-up AI finish (a record for someone ‘saved’ by the judges) is equaled with a special “American Idol Season 11 Highlights” EP featuring her voice as delivered through the most memorable of her performances during that remarkable Idol run.
It features five tracks led by her finale song “Change Nothing” which, though generally perceived as inferior to that of Philip Philips’ “Home”, still ends up delightfully representational of her heaven-sent voice. The BluJays, the name attributed to her die-hard fans worldwide, must be agreeing with this. Below is Jessica’s Change Nothing performed at the American Idol 2012 (Finals) courtesy of JayTin09.
Perhaps giving the short list its peak point is her powerful take of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You”, patterned of course after that famed rendition of the late great Whitney Houston. The other three numbers are her versions of Beyonce’s “Sweet Dreams” and Jazmine Sullivan’s “Stuttering”, and his moving duet with Top three finisher Joshua Ledet for the track “I Knew You Were Waiting for Me.”
Catch Pinoy Pride Jessica Sanchez together with fellow American Idol Season 11 finalist Colton Dixon in a special Valentine Concert on February 14, 8 pm at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Call TicketNet at 911-5555 for ticket inquiries and reservations or visit www.ticketnet.com.ph to buy tickets online.
Jessica Sanchez LIVE! in Manila
14 Feb 2013 | Smart Araneta Coliseum | 8pm
Brought to you by MCA Music, Ovation Productions and Bench Philippines.
American Idol Live! Tour 2012 brings together on the same stage on the same night the powerhouse cast of 10 new discoveries in the hit reality singing competition in their first Asian engagement following a 45-date US tour that took them to major cities in North America. The Top 10 finalists are expected to perform some of the numbers they did during the four-month talent search, with Jessica Sanchez drawing from her song list that includes, among others, “Change Nothing,” “Stuttering”, “Sweet Dreams” and “I Will Always Love You.” An online post of the tour’s repertoire indicates that Sanchez has seven production numbers and three solo spots.
Filipino fans of the Top 10 finalists in Season 11 of the reality singing show, “American Idol”, are definitely in for a treat this week as Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, DeAndre Brackensick, Elise Testone, Erika Van Pelt, Hee Jun Han, Skylar Laine, Colton Dixon and Hollie Cavanagh are coming to Manila for a one-night live performance on September 21 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City. The AI superstars will also grace Ayala and Megaworld Lifestyle Malls to promote not only the concert but also their American Idol Highlights albums under MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines).
Catch your favorite American Idol Top 10 finalists at the following malls:
19 Sept 2012 - Eastwood City (with Jessica, Elise, DeAndre, Heejun & Erika)
19 Sept 2012 - Glorietta Activity Center (with Phillip, Colton, Joshua, Skylar & Hollie)
20 Sept 2012 - Alabang Town Center (with Jessica, Elise, DeAndre, Heejun & Erika)
20 Sept 2012 - Venice Piazza McKinley Hill (with Phillip, Colton, Joshua, Skylar & Hollie)
With special guests: Asia’s Acoustic Sweetheart Sabrina and Philippines’ foremost boy band 1:43. Album selling is from 10am onwards. Program starts at 5:00 pm. Buy your AI albums at the Odyssey selling booth and have it signed after the show!
“American Idol Live! Tour 2012” is produced by Ovation Productions in association with ETC, 2nd Avenue and Jack TV, and with the support of The Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, BusinessWorld, Inquirer.net, Philstar.com, RJ 100.3 FM, Monster Radio RX 93.1, Mellow 94.7, 97.9 Home Radio and Optima Sign Solutions. Special thanks to: MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines) and Odyssey Music & Video.
Albums of the TOP 10 FINALISTS of AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 11 are available in CDs at Odyssey Music & Video exclusively under MCA Music.
Jessica Sanchez’s Ultimate SKYPE Party!
29 July 2012 | SM Megamall Event Center
Filipino-Mexican sweetheart Jessica Sanchez has long won the world by capturing the hearts of many with her brilliant singing style and over the top performance during the eleventh season of the reality television singing competition, American Idol.
On July 29 (Sunday), be ready to get your hearts captured again by the American Idol songstress as MCA Music and Astroplus invite you to “The Ultimate Jessica Sanchez SKYPE Party!” —- An exciting event where fans all over the metro will get the rare chance to bond with their idol through a LIVE SKYPE SESSION from 10:00 am onwards at the SM Megamall Event Center (former ice skating rink). Fun games, exclusive Jessica Sanchez signed items and a guest performance by Asia’s Acoustic Sweetheart Sabrina await those who will attend the party.
Jessica Sanchez: American Idol Season 11 Highlights album is out now in CDs exclusively under MCA Music available at all leading record bars nationwide.
Catch your favorite American Idols Live! this September 21st at the Smart Araneta Coliseum as the Top 10 finalists of American Idol Season 11 perform for their only concert in Asia! American Idol Live! Tour is presented by Ovation Productions brought to you by ETC, 2nd Avenue, Jack TV, MYX Music Channel, MYXPH.com, BusinessWorld and HerWord.com. Get your tickets now at www.TicketNet.com
Jessica Sanchez: American Idol Season 11 Highlights is the sensational American Idol songstress’ debut album will surely be delight her fans, released under MCA Music.
The album takes us back to some of her memorable and brilliant performances in the reality television singing competition, American Idol. It features five unique tracks including Jessica’s breathtaking and nostalgic rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”, her sultry cover of Beyonce’s “Sweet Dreams” and her soulful version of Jazmine Sullivan’s “Stuttering”. It also includes the duet “I Knew You Were Waiting for Me” —- a powerful collaboration with fellow AI finalist Joshua Ledet plus Jessica’s anthemic finale song, “Change Nothing”, which is also the lead track of this amazing EP.
Jessica Sanchez was the runner-up on the eleventh season of the reality singing show, American Idol. She is the first female and fourth recipient of the judges’ ‘save’. At the same time, she is also the first recipient of the save to reach the finale. Prior to appearing on American Idol, Sanchez competed in the first season of America’s Got Talent at the age of 11. She has a worldwide fanbase known as the “BluJays”.
The album is simply going to be just the beginning of an incredible musical journey for this promising Filipino-American artist. That said, it is a must-have and collector’s item for all BluJays and American Idol fans alike.
JESSICA SANCHEZ: AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 11 HIGHLIGHTS ALBUM will be available in CDs at Astroplus and Odyssey Music & Video.
Support another explosive concert, THE AMERICAN IDOL LIVE TOUR 2012 Live! in Manila with Pinoy Pride JESSICA SANCHEZ on 21 Sept 2012 at Smart Araneta Coliseum, 8pm. Tickets will be available today in Ticketnet.
Hey, BLUJAYS! You can request the single “Change Nothing” on these radio stations to make Jessica Sanchez #1! :)
Phillip Phillips is Season 11’s American Idol; Jessica Sanchez won as the People’s Champ. Congratulations and hurray for his originality and artistry.
Checkout mhalynlovesbubbles’ blog, well-said feature mhalynlovesbubbles!
But since Jessica was a half-blood Filipino and indeed a top calibre singer, Pinoys were so blinded of what other contestants can do. We focus too much on her and didn’t give other contestants the attention for a better judgement of their talent. In my opinion, we were being bias and unaffair to other contestants that are as talented as Jessica is.
Phillip’s new single entitled HOME composed by Greg Holden and Drew Pearson performed in the AI Finale (23 May 2012).
Full story of the American Idol Season 11 winner on this LINK.
In my own opinion, there is no discrimination in the #idolfinale.
As a Pinoy, I wanted Jessica to win and I do believe that she is a great singer. No doubt that she can hit the highest note and sing like the other legendary divas.
But on the other hand, Phillip Phillips is a very talented…