Don’t look now but Filipino-American singer Jessica Sanchez is returning to Manila again.
Not only is she returning for an expected standing only show at the Solaire Resort Hotel theater in Pasay City.
Jessica, whose mother hails from Bataan, said she wants to spend more time again in the country and explore further the Philippines and more about Filipino culture.
“I try to visit at least once a year. I’m half-Filipino so I’m always wanting to learn and experience more of the culture,” Jessica said in an earlier interview.
Contrary to stated prejudices, Jessica is more Filipino than meets the eye.
Believing that Filipino talent knows no impossibilities, Solaire’s Director for Entertainment Audie Gemora shares what’s special about this concert, “We were all witness to how Jessica rose above every challenge she had to face in the cutthroat Hollywood scene. Although she has found her footing in the United States, this concert will represent rediscovering her Filipino roots and bringing her beloved Filipino fans with her in that journey. The night’s performances will speak of every Filipino artist’s hustle that each must go through to make it in the music industry, and more importantly, the potential to become a global sensation.”
Now 23, Jessica has kept the momentum going, but at her own pace, “These past years have been filled with traveling internationally for events, concerts, and recordings, but I’ve also taken some time to step back and find myself as an artist.”
Her upcoming concert will show her evolution and versatility as an artist with songs that are deemed as Filipino favorites such as “I Will Always Love You,” “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” and “I Have Nothing,” which are coincidentally, among her Idol performance repertoire. This night will also see a new Jessica that’s bolder and grittier as she sings R&B songs alike that speak of her edge and vibrancy.
It has been seven years since her almost-victory. Bitter-sweet as it may sound, Jessica still feels blessed. “I am able to live my life doing what I love. I was given a platform on Idol when I was 16 and have accomplished things I’ve dreamed of,” she says.
Even with the dominant Western look and feel brought by the land that cradled her, she continues to beat blood in her veins that epitomizes what the Filipino talent can reach and the kind of stage that it deserves.
For tickets to “Jessica Sanchez with Special Guest Martin Nievera” Concert, call TicketWorld at 891-9999.
Jessica first came to Manila for a tour of American Idol, where she finished runner-up in its 11th season. She was only 17 then.
Then she starred in a Smart Araneta concert which was followed by a Solaire show. She also had musical engagements with local artists and guested in local television shows.
Last May 25, she flew all the way from the United States to join Jake Zyrus’s “Music & Me Concert” show.
The very first time for Jessica and Jake performed together was in a benefit concert in New York City for the victims of the Typhoon Haiyan back in March 2014, when Jake was still Charice. They were joined by Jennifer Hudson, Plain White T’s, Pentatonix, Apl De Ap, Dante Basco and Robert Lopez.
Jessica’s next show is on Nov. 10 at the Solaire theater. She will have as special guest Martin Nievera. She will definitely bring out the R&B, soul and pop diva in her.
“Philippines is like my favorite stop,” Jessica said in a live stream interview with the media. “I’m so excited to come back and to perform. I can’t wait to see you, guys, there.”
Jessica, who loves “pancit” and “adobo,” will be coming back after gracing shows abroad including Milan, Italy and Dublin in Ireland last September 8 and 9 and Guam and releasing songs and doing covers. A new EP or an album — a follow-up to “Me, You & The Music” — is in the pipeline. “I’m discussing with my team about the new music that I’m working on and new projects,” she shared.
Jessica said she is look forward to the Solaire engagement with Martin, an Original Pilipino Music (OPM) icon.
“I performed with him on ASAP L.A. like a couple of years ago,” she recalled. “He’s just so funny, he’s just so kindhearted, so humble and so much fun (to work with). He’s like a big brother to me. I’m super excited to share the stage with him, to share the night with him.”
” He’s super talented. I feel like, you know, our voices will really go up together. So I can’t wait for the audience to hear that and hopefully (for the audience) to enjoy the performance and the night, too,” she added.
The presentation promises a musical collaboration only the Philippine Concert King and the American Idol (AI) artist can brew. They are worlds apart, but their love for music, aside from their Pinoy lineage, is what connects them, according to Jerry Donato in a report.
“I feel like it’s always different in different territories,” replied Jessica when asked about the difference between her performing with Filipino artists and foreign talents. “You know I sang with Italian, you know, musicians, you know people from the US and then also people from the Philippines. What I can say about Filipino artists is that they can all sing, like sing. It’s just so much fun because you can see everybody doing all this vocal gymnastics.”
Jessica, whose rituals prior to performance include relaxing, being with her team and praying, has witnessed why Pinoy singers are considered “monsters” on stage, Jerry Donato reported. She said they can do belting and (hitting) those crazy notes. “It’s a lot of fun. I love Filipino artists,” said Jessica, who is excited to work with them in the near future.
“I definitely want to collaborate with Filipino artists not only on stage but also on tracks,” she was quoted in the report.
Regine Velasquez, who is back with ABS-CBN, tops her list, she said. If ever the Asia’s Songbird will headline Idol Philippines, Jessica could be invited as a guest to share her experience on AI and in the music scene.
“I feel like on Idol, you know, I really tried to show that off a lot. I was only 16 at that time,” she recalled.
She said she always tries to showcase the different areas, “you know, where I can go with my voice.” Knowing the genres she can handle, the Solaire audience will have a good time. “I have these power ballads. I want them to have fun and get up, forget all (their) problems,” Jessica said. She will perhaps do Whitney Houston (I Will Always Love You and I Have Nothing), Mariah Carey and Beyoncé Knowles and some Filipino songs.
As an artist, Jessica seems to stick to the music she is known for. “I just feel like when I sing soul music and R&B music and all sorts of ballads, my voice just sits in this beautiful pocket. I just feel it’s so natural for me,” she said. “So I want to do more music that feels right to me.” Jessica would love to share that with her audiences.
Looking back, Jessica said AI “was like a huge experience for me… because I actually (met) so many talented people during that season.” In them, she had found new friends and “they actually taught me a lot,” singing- and music-wise. By listening to their voices and knowing their techniques, Jessica had gotten new insights about performance and discovered her style.
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