Jessica Sanchez

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Jessica Sanchez
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Jessica Sanchez performing at the White House in 2012
Background information
Birth name Jessica Elizabeth Sanchez
Born (1995-08-04) August 4, 1995 (age 19)
Chula Vista, California, US
Genres R&B, Pop, Soul, EDM
Occupations Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Model
Instruments Vocals
Labels 19 Recordings, Interscope Records

Jessica Elizabeth Sanchez[1] (born August 4, 1995) is an American singer and songwriter originally from Chula Vista, California. She was the runner-up on the eleventh season of the reality show American Idol, and is currently signed to 19 Recordings and Interscope Records.[2][3][4][5] Prior to appearing on American Idol, Sanchez competed in the first season of America's Got Talent at the age of 11.

Early life[edit]

Jessica Elizabeth Sanchez was born in Chula Vista, California on August 4, 1995 to parents, Edita (née Bugay) and Gilbert Sanchez.[6] She was raised in Eastlake, Chula Vista along with two younger brothers.[7] Her father is a Mexican-American originally from Texas, and is in active service with the US Navy. Her mother is a Filipina whose family is from Samal, Bataan in the Philippines.[8]

She attended Eastlake Middle School in Chula Vista[9][10] and was homeschooled all four years of high school.[7]

She started singing at the age of 2, and aspires to be a mainstream singer who can "belt but sing upbeat songs". Eminem and Beyoncé are her favorite male and female artists, while Jennifer Hudson is her favorite American Idol contestant. Other musical influences include Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Etta James, Christina Aguilera, and Michael Jackson.[11][12]

Early career[edit]

2006-2011: Beginnings[edit]

At the age of 10, Sanchez received a standing ovation for performing Aretha Franklin's "Respect" on Showtime at the Apollo. The hostess Whoopi Goldberg called her back on stage to accept a second round of applause.[12] Sanchez competed on the first season of America's Got Talent at the age of 11. Despite a successful audition, she was not seen on the show until the wild card round of the semi-finals when judge Brandy Norwood selected her to return for a chance to compete for the finals. Norwood predicted, "You’re gonna be huge, I promise," after seeing her perform "I Surrender" by Celine Dion.[13] The show's executive producer and former American Idol judge Simon Cowell named her "one of the best I have ever heard."[14] On September 22, 2008, Sanchez sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" before a San Diego Chargers versus New York Jets National Football League matchup. She was invited to sing the national anthem again on September 27, 2009 before a Chargers versus Miami Dolphins matchup.[10][14]

In October 2009, Sanchez recorded a cover of "Don't Stop the Music" by Rihanna for iTunes with independent record label Spin Move Records.[15] The following spring, Sanchez recorded another single with Spin Move Records, a cover of Etta James' "I'd Rather Go Blind" for YouTube and exclusive download on the label's website.[16][17]

Sanchez was one of the singers in Lisa Lavie's collaboration video "We Are the World 25 for Haiti (YouTube Edition)" for charity relief for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, along with American Idol season 10 finalist Thia Megia.[18] The video's participants were collectively recognized as "Persons of the Week" on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer on March 19, 2010.[19]

She gained fans by creating a public YouTube channel in 2006, posting over two hundred videos of song covers and performances. Due to her involvement with American Idol in 2012, a YouTube [20] hiatus ensued until 2014.

2012: American Idol[edit]

On July 8, 2011, Sanchez auditioned for the eleventh season of American Idol in her hometown of San Diego, California at the age of 15.[21] She had no screen time in the San Diego audition episode or in the Hollywood rounds. Her first performance shown on television was her group song with Deandre Brackensick and Candice Glover, who would go on to win the 12th season of American Idol, an updated version of Buddy Holly's "It Doesn't Matter Anymore". Sanchez and Brackensick made it through to the next round, but Glover was- shockingly- cut by Jennifer Lopez.[22] Later, she advanced to the semi-finals.[23][24]

In the semi-finals, Sanchez performed Jennifer Hudson's "Love You I Do" from the film Dreamgirls with sass, snaps, and incredible vocals. She was one of the top five female vote‑getters who advanced to the top 13. Her rendition of "I Will Always Love You" sung on "Whitney Houston night" (March 7, 2012) was a breakout performance that caught major attention.[25] CNN's HLN News Now reported that she brought the judges to their feet.[26] With the lone standing ovation of the night,[27] her name became a worldwide trend on Twitter, and the video of the performance was uploaded to YouTube. It received over five million views in three days.

For her top 11 performance, Sanchez received constructive criticism from the judges for her rendition of Gloria Estefan's version of Vicki Sue Robinson's "Turn the Beat Around" and compliments on her fashion sense, wearing sparkly sequined pants. Jackson said, "The problem for me was the song choice. You got the big old voice. The song does not allow you to show that". Lopez agreed, "your voice has such a strong vibrato, which is so beautiful on certain songs", while Tyler advised "you can't stray too far from what I think you sing the best which is ballads."[28]

On "Billy Joel night", Sanchez sang "Everybody Has a Dream"[29] which impressed Billy Joel himself and received a standing ovation from the judges.

The following week, Sanchez acknowledged her personal idol by singing a slow tempo of Beyoncé's "Sweet Dreams".

In the top 8 round, she introduced her alter ego, "BeBe Chez", to cover an upbeat Whitney Houston song "How Will I Know". Lopez raved about her "powerhouse vocals" and her duet of George Michael and Aretha Franklin's "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" with fellow contestant Joshua Ledet got a standing ovation from the judges.

For top 7 week on April 11, 2012, Sanchez put on a beautiful and soulful performance of Jazmine Sullivan's "Stuttering". The following night revealed that she received the lowest number of votes leaving the judges, contestants, live audience, and viewers at home stunned. To be considered for the Judges' Save, she sang Deborah Cox's "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here". As the music cued, Lopez jumped out of her seat and rushed on stage, cutting Sanchez off mid-performance. The three judges declared on stage that they were unanimous in using their one-time "Judges' Save", a veto that was introduced beginning in the eighth season.[30] This made her the first female and the fourth finalist in American Idol history spared from elimination. The judges raged at the voters, Lopez yelling, "This is crazy!!" into the microphone, and Jackson scolding them to "vote for the best! [American Idol] is about finding the best!"[31]

For the second week of top 7, Sanchez pleased the judges with an Alicia Keys’ "Fallin'" performance and her rendition of Otis Redding’s "Try a Little Tenderness". The voters had her back the next few weeks.

On" Queen night", Sanchez performed Bohemian Rhapsody. Tyler opined that rock music is not her forte. Lopez agreed that the vocal was beautiful but "needed a bit more of that rock performance". "You hit the high notes, you sounded beautiful," said Jackson but he wanted her to channel a little Tina Turner. Her dedication of Luther Vandross' Dance with My Father to her dad before his deployment to Singapore brought tears, snot, and rave reviews.[32]

Sanchez looked smoking hot in a short dress dancing to "Proud Mary" by Tina Turner[33] and dedicated a lovely performance of "You Are So Beautiful" by Joe Cocker to her mom in the top 5.

In top 4 week, it was decided that Sanchez is in fact an alien from outer space because her talent is unbelievable. She put on a risqué, gritty performance of Etta James' "Steal Away" (and squeaked!!)[34] while Ryan Seacrest reminded everyone that she was a sixteen-year-old minor... Her second choice-a song she wishes she had written- was "And I am Telling You (I'm Not Going)" by Jennifer Holliday (also performed by Jennifer Hudson) in Dreamgirls. Sanchez poured out her anger, frustration, sadness, and passion for singing derived from her almost-elimination in this performance, taking it above and beyond any other. It was one of Idol's biggest moments and made everyone realize how special her voice is.[35]

After the conclusion of the top 4, Sanchez was the last remaining female contestant in the Idol competition[citation needed]. She had received six unanimous standing ovations for her competitive performances from the judges, four from solo performances, one for group performance, and one for a duet. This made her one of the front-runners in the competition.

Sanchez sang three songs in top 3 week following her homecoming: "My All" by Mariah Carey (Lopez's choice...rude), "I'll Be There" by The Jackson 5 (Iovine's choice...why a duet?), and "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith (contestant's version is freaking amazing). For "My All", Tyler predicted she would win the competition, "When you sing, you make people hang on your every note. "I hope you get used to encores. And on another crazy note, I think you'll be the last person standing there."[36] For "I'll Be There", Tyler said, "Perfect song, perfect voice, you nailed it, delicious" and Lopez stated "It was perfect for the tone in your voice. You almost sounded like Michael."[37]

Sanchez became the series' first and only Judges' Save recipient to have qualified into the finale. In the Top 2 finale, Sanchez performed three songs including Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing", which was chosen by Simon Fuller, the show's creator, her favorite song of the season/repeat performance of "The Prayer", and her potential single "Change Nothing". The judges commented that she won the night on her first performance, but she received criticism about her single because they simply did not like the song she was given. The following night in the results show, she and Jennifer Holliday SLAYED "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going"[38] and received a standing ovation from the judges—the world (throw my shoe!), but finished as runner-up behind season 11 winner Phillip Phillips with a world-record 132 million votes cast by viewers.


Episode Theme Song choice Original artist Order # Result
Audition Auditioner's Choice "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" Aretha Franklin N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 1 First Solo "Get Me Bodied" Beyoncé N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2 Group Performance Not aired N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 3 Second Solo Not aired N/A Advanced
Las Vegas Round Songs from the 1950s
Group Performance
"It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
with DeAndre Brackensick & Candice Glover
Buddy Holly N/A Advanced
Final Judgment Final Solo "The Prayer" Celine Dion & Andrea Bocelli N/A Advanced
Top 25 (12 Women) Personal Choice "Love You I Do" Jennifer Hudson 11 Advanced
Top 13 Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You" Dolly Parton 12 Safe
Top 11 Year They Were Born "Turn the Beat Around" Vicki Sue Robinson 2 Safe
Top 10 Billy Joel "Everybody Has a Dream" Billy Joel 9 Safe
Top 9 Their Personal Idols Solo "Sweet Dreams" Beyoncé 7 Safe
Trio "Like a Prayer" / "Borderline" / "Express Yourself"
with Hollie Cavanagh & Skylar Laine
Madonna 11
Top 8 Songs from the 1980s Solo "How Will I Know" Whitney Houston 7 Safe
Duet "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)"
with Joshua Ledet
Aretha Franklin & George Michael 10
Top 7 Songs from the 2010s Solo "Stuttering" Jazmine Sullivan 3 Saved[a]
Trio "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"
with Joshua Ledet and Hollie Cavanagh
Kelly Clarkson 9
Top 7[b] Songs from Now & Then "Fallin'" Alicia Keys 5 Safe
"Try a Little Tenderness" Ray Noble Orchestra 12
Top 6 Queen "Bohemian Rhapsody" Queen 1 Safe
Contestant's Choice "Dance with My Father" Luther Vandross 7
Top 5 Songs from the 1960s Solo "Proud Mary" Creedence Clearwater Revival 5 Safe
Trio "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher"
with Hollie Cavanagh & Skylar Laine
Jackie Wilson 9
British Pop "You Are So Beautiful" Billy Preston 11
Top 4 California Dreamin' Solo "Steal Away" Jimmy Hughes 4 Safe
Duet "Eternal Flame"
with Hollie Cavanagh
The Bangles 6
Quartet "Waiting for a Girl Like You"
with Hollie Cavanagh, Joshua Ledet & Phillip Phillips
Foreigner 7
Songs They Wish They'd Written "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" Jennifer Holliday 11
Top 3 Judges' Choice "My All" Mariah Carey 2 Safe
Contestant's Choice "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" Aerosmith 5
Jimmy Iovine's Choice "I'll Be There" The Jackson 5 8
Finale Simon Fuller's Choice "I Have Nothing" Whitney Houston 1 Runner-up
Favorite Performance "The Prayer" Celine Dion & Andrea Bocelli 3
Winner's Single "Change Nothing" Jessica Sanchez 5
  1. ^ Sanchez received the lowest number of votes; however, the judges decided to use their one save of the season to allow her to remain in the competition.
  2. ^ Due to the judges using their one save on Sanchez, the top 7 remained intact for another week.

After American Idol, Sanchez sang "The Star-Spangled Banner," "God Bless America" and "The Prayer" at the PBS' National Memorial Day Concert from the west lawn of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. on May 27, 2012.[39] She performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley boxing match upset on June 9, 2012 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and also sang the anthem for Game 1 of the 2012 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder. Sanchez performed Marvin Gaye's "You're All I Need to Get By" with God's Appointed People Choir at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.[40]

In mid-2012, it was announced that Sanchez had signed a record deal with Interscope Records.[2] During the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2012 press junket, she confirmed to interviewers that she was in fact working on her debut album.[41] On an August 29th tour stop in New York City, Sanchez sang a new song, "Fairytale", from her upcoming album at iHeartRadio.[42]

In October 2012, it was announced that Sanchez would have a recurring role in the fourth season of Glee.[43]

Sanchez released a new music video for the song "Jump In" with The Black Eyed Peas member The music video was shot in September 2012 in the Philippines when she visited Manila for the American Idol Live Tour. The song and video were released in the Philippines on October 20.[44]

Sanchez performed at the 26th Annual Carousel Ball of Hope, City of Hope Spirit of Life Awards Gala, 2012 BAFTA Los Angeles Brittania Awards and the Trevor Live event by the Trevor Project in December.[45]

2013: Me, You and the Music[edit]

Sanchez sold out her first solo concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in the Philippines on February 14, 2013, where she covered popular English and Tagalog songs.[46]

On March 22, Sanchez released the lead single from her debut album, "Tonight," featuring singer Ne-Yo which she had premiered the night before on American Idol.[47][48] She described the single as a "fun, clubby dancy song."

On April 1, 2013, Sanchez sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" for the Easter Egg Roll at the White House and received praise from U.S. President Barack Obama and the First Family.

Sanchez released her debut album Me, You & the Music on April 30, 2013.[49] The album debuted at number 26 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 14,000 copies in the first week.

She appeared on the fourth season finale of the popular TV series “Glee” on May 9, 2013. Playing the role of Frida Romero, Sanchez performed Zedd’s “Clarity” and Little Mix’s “Wings” in the episode titled “All or Nothing”. The singer said it was a dream come true for her to be part of the hit show: “I’ve always been a big fan of ‘Glee.’ Being here and actually seeing them in person, I did get star-struck. It’s crazy. I see them on TV all the time. It feels weird”. Sanchez and Zedd met up at YouTube Space in LA to record an acoustic version of "Clarity".[50] On May 10, she landed stage time at San Diego's popular 93.3 Summer Kick-off Concert with artists like Demi Lovato, Emeli Sandé, Trey Songz, Ne-Yo, and Zedd. She performed songs from her album as well as "Clarity" and "Tonight" with Zedd and Ne-Yo, in front of a huge audience.

On May 21, 2013 she performed "Feel This Moment" at the Dancing With the Stars Finale. She reprised "God Bless America" for the second year in a row at the National Memorial Day Concert on May 26.[51] Sanchez joined good friend and season 12 American Idol Candice Glover at the Teen Choice Awards in August. She performed "Gentlemen" with a new, crazy hot dance routine[52] at the H2O (Uforia) Music Festival August 17 and met with other acts Becky G and Prince Royce.

Jessica Sanchez performing Gentlemen at the H2O Music Festival


On November 14, 2013, Jessica performed at the Hollywood and Highland Tree lighting with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Radio Disney.

Jessica Sanchez performing at the Hollywood and Highland Tree Lighting

On November 19, 2013, Zedd released his iTunes session EP, and one track "Hourglass" originally featuring LIZ was rerecorded to feature Jessica Sanchez.[54] Pacquiao requested Jessica's presence at his next few matches. She sang both the American and Philippine national anthems for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios fight in Macau on November 23, 2013.[55]

Sanchez lent her soaring vocals to the inspiring single, “Lead Me Home”; the proceeds from single sales went to the American Red Cross, benefiting victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. She was also featured with Jencarlos Canela on a pan piped ballad from Riverdance Productions' "Heartbeat of Home" soundtrack, called "The Night I Danced with You". She put together an online "StageIt" concert to raise money for Filipinos affected by the typhoon.[56]

On December 30, Sanchez was presented with her own star on the Kuya Germs’ "Walk of Fame” in Eastwook City. She joined Bamboo, South Border, UP Dharma Down and DJ Ace Ramos for the New Year Countdown to 2014. Proceeds of New Year Countdown merchandise went to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.[57]


At the request of many fans, Sanchez set her YouTube page public in February 2014. She welcomes back her online followers in a cover of Ariana Grande’s “Tattooed Heart”.[58] Her most popular videos include “Drunk in Love” and “***Flawless” by Beyoncé and “Problem” by Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea. A Zimbio poll declared her Beyoncé piece the "Best Drunk in Love Cover" on the internet. She is a self-proclaimed perfectionist posting these covers, waiting to hear the biggest hits and sing them as well as she possibly can.[59]

In March, Sanchez attended the 2014 Pinoy Relief Benefit Concert at Madison Square Garden with Jennifer Hudson and Charice.[60] She performed "Let It Go" with composer and Oscar winner Robert Lopez. All the proceeds from the concert went to Typhoon Haiyan survivors. Sanchez and clatchet friend Hollie Cavanagh flew to the Philippines to sing at the Solaire Resort for "Solaire Turns One: A Celebration of Champions".[61] She sang songs such as "Listen" by Beyoncé and "Plastic Roses" from her album, and also dedicated "Lead Me Home" to the concertgoers, bringing them hope and showing support for the country.

Jennifer Lopez contacted Sanchez on twitter, asking her to perform backup alongside Pia Toscano and Allison Iraheta, for her new single "I Luh Ya Papi" on American Idol.[62] A month later, Sanchez sang "Lupang Hinirang" for the Pacquiao versus Bradley rematch beside Ashanti who sang "The Star-Spangled Banner". At this event in Las Vegas, she met Leona Lewis and Dave Chappelle.[63] Radio Disney and Sanchez worked together to set up concerts, one in Dallas, Texas for its "On the Road to the RDMAs" tour and one in Minneapolis, Minnesota for Macy's County Fair. She performed original songs and covers and set up meet and greets with fans. Sanchez has presented at the "Radio Disney Music Awards" for the past two years with Jason Derulo and Spencer Boldman.[64]

Sanchez has been approached for countless modeling gigs over the years due to her up-and-coming music career and beautiful and distinct look. As one of America’s few Filipino and Mexican stars, she is a representation of her cultures and people to other racial groups around the world. Her music, charity work, and fun personality bring people of all ethnic backgrounds together in peace. She has done shoots for Seventeen, Fault Magazine, Girls Life Magazine, Filipino Chalk Magazine, Yes Magazine, Mega Magazine, and more.[65]

In interviews and on ustream, Sanchez confirmed that she is writing and recording new music with Mark J. Feist for her sophomore album, which she describes as more authentic. Feist co-wrote and produced "Lightning"[66] and "More Than Just Friends",[67] two bonus tracks from Sanchez's first album. She also stated that the genres of the new tracks she recorded are more "Gritty, R&B, Soul" as well as "Top 40 upbeat pop". One specific track "Star Spangled Love" is an electronic dance music song produced by Stargate and co-written by Sia Furler but there are currently no details about its release. It has recently been announced that she collaborated with DJ Komori on an electronic dance music song to be released on iTunes Japan September 24, 2014, entitled "Vacation".[68] In mid-2014, Sanchez explained that she is writing songs for other artists and that she also has an upcoming collaboration with on his next album.[69]

On September 18, Jessica performed for the Hispanic Heritage Awards at Warner Theatre in Washington DC. It will be televised on PBS as a one-hour special September 29, 2014. [70]



Year Title Role Notes
2013 Glee[43][71] Frida Romero 2 episodes



10/10/12: Sanchez performed “And I Am Telling You (I’m Not Going)” at the 2012 City of Hope Spirit of Life Awards Gala, which fundraises for cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS research and procedures. City of Hope presents The Spirit of Life Award to those with exceptional accomplishments in humanitarian work and in their professional careers.[72]

12/4/12: In late 2012, Sanchez joined Nigel Lythgoe on a visit to Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles in 2012. She met, talked, and sang to patients seeking entertainment.

12/2/12 & 6/17/13: In both 2012 and 2013, Sanchez attended The Trevor Project’s Trevor Live fundraising events. She performed “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera and “Clarity” by Zedd with the 2013 PS22 Chorus. Katy Perry, Naya Rivera, Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch, Snooki, and Jenni Jwoww Farley are other well known figures who support and donate to this cause. "The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24" (The Trevor Project).[73]

4/24/13: Sanchez participated in WAT-AAH! Foundation’s 3rd annual Move Your Body event in 2013, by dancing in its promotional video. It supports Michelle Obama’s "Let’s Move" agenda to motivate kids across the country to exercise. In her behind the scenes interview, Sanchez encouraged kids to find fun ways to stay active and was happy to be an inspiration for them.[74]

5/18/13:, Sanchez, and The Lylas (Bruno Mars’ sisters) performed “Jump In” and “Where is the Love?” by the Black Eyed Peas at the 2013 Time for Hope fundraiser. A live auction took place and received the “Spirit of Inspiration Award” for his commitment to supporting the Filipino youth and rebuilding classrooms in the Philippines. [75]

6/1/13: Sanchez attended the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation’s 24th Annual “A Time For Heroes” event at Century Park in Los Angeles. She performed, met with fans, and helped raise money for the cause. “This foundation is the global leader in the fight to end AIDS in children. In 25 years, there has been a 95% decline in new HIV infections in the US and a 51% decline in the number of new infections in children worldwide. The foundation seeks to end pediatric HIV/AIDS, through research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs” (Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation).[76]

7/28/13-present: Since 2013, Sanchez has been a dedicated member of the Starkey Hearing Foundation, "a group that travels the globe delivering the gift of hearing to thousands of people each year, who would otherwise live in the isolation of a silent world” (Starkey Hearing Foundation). She has performed at the past two “So the World May Hear” Galas, with the 2014 event raising close to $9 million! In January 2014, she joined a mission to the University of Southern California’s GRAMMY Camp in Los Angeles. Last year, Sanchez completed a mission trip to the Philippines with good friends Manny Pacquiao, Tani and William F. Austin, and the rest of the Starkey team. Together they fit four to five thousand hearing impaired individuals, who were also victims of Typhoon Haiyan, with hearing aids. Sanchez ended the amazing weeklong experience with a beautiful performance of “I Will Always Love You”. This cause is close to her heart as she is a musical artist: “My hearing defines me… to give people the gift of hearing is a miracle”. The trip aired August 4th, 2014 on Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Operation Change” television series.[77]

8/1/13: Sanchez performed “Lean on Me” with Chris Mann at the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s 48th Annual MDA Show of Strength in 2013. "MDA is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising, and local engagement” (MDA). Performances and appearances by popular celebrities during the telethon captivated the American public, and raised approximately $60 million for the association in 2013.[78]

9/20/13: "Since 2008, Six Flags Magic Mountain has hosted the annual “Out on the Mountain” Gay Night with DJ Ray Rhodes to raise funds for gay charities and organizations” (Out on the Mountain).[79] Nearly 6,000 people attend this special event each year, enjoying performances, thrill rides, and the comfortable sense of equality. Sanchez sang her original song “Right to Fall”, which promotes equality in love, for the audience and enjoyed the rest of the night meeting fans and spending time with her best friend.[80]

9/28/13: Days after a fire burned along Seaside Heights boardwalk in New Jersey, an “Everyday Heroes” concert honoring military personnel, fire, police, and emergency workers took place. Sanchez performed and helped bring the community together to thank those who worked to protect the area, including firefighters who dug three trenches in the fire’s path to contain it.[81]

11/10/13: Sanchez performed at T.J. Martell Foundation’s L.A. Family Day during the afternoon fundraiser, which raises money for leukemia, cancer, and AIDS research. Honorees included Michael L. Klausman, Bruce Eskowitz, and Phil Guerini.[82]

11/22/13 - 3/12/14: “Sanchez lent her soaring vocals to the inspiring single, “Lead Me Home”; the proceeds from single sales went to the American Red Cross, benefiting victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines” (INQ).[83] She put together an online "StageIt" concert to raise money for Filipinos affected by the typhoon. In March, Sanchez attended the 2014 Pinoy Relief Benefit Concert at Madison Square Garden with Jennifer Hudson and Charice. She performed "Let It Go" with composer and Oscar winner Robert Lopez. All the proceeds from the concert went to Typhoon Haiyan survivors.[84]

2/20/14: Sanchez performed at the annual fundraiser and gala event “The ELLA Award” in Beverly Hills, honoring Mike Love and Nigel Lythgoe. "Society of Singers honors singers whose contribution to the world of music is matched by their dedicated efforts to benefit the community and worldwide causes" (SOS).[85][86]

5/10/14: Sanchez joined David Foster at the 7th Annual Dealing for Duchenne Gala at Sony Pictures Studio in May 2014. She put on a solo performance of “I Will Always Love You” and sang “Hallelujah” with David Foster and The Tenors. "Proceeds of Dealing for Duchenne benefit the Center for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at UCLA which supports Duchenne related muscular dystrophy translational research and clinical care at UCLA" (CDMD).[87]

6/8/14: During the summer, Sanchez attended the Rebuild Philippines benefit concert set up by and his foundation. "Proceeds from the concert were dispersed by the foundation to several projects and nongovernmental organizations based in the Philippines who are doing work to help the survivors of the devastation, in particular, a special post-traumatic stress disorder program targeted at children and teachers in Tacloban and surrounding areas” ( Foundation).[88]

8/25/14: After watching Sanchez perform at the 2014 Starkey Gala, Arizona Cardinals’ wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald Jr. asked her to sing at a charity event he was hosting. The 6th Annual Fitz’s Supper Club took place at a steakhouse in Scottsdale and raised funds by using celebrity athletes to attract and serve customers. "Event proceeds went to the Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund which supports youth organizations throughout the country through resources and funding” (AZ Big Media).[89]


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