American Idol runner-up and Filipino-American vocal powerhouse Jessica Sanchez is back in Manila for a series of shows and activities that will culminate in a Valentine’s concert for her Filipino fans.
The international singing sensation, who is also Smart Communications' latest youth ambassador, is here to spread the message of positivity as expressed in her Smart Jump In music video with fellow international Pinoy icon and Smart ambassador, apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas.
“I’m happy to be sending a message out to kids my age to just live life and have fun, have no worries and just go for what you want,” says Jessica in an interview during the making of her music video.
Cosmo attended a press conference earlier this week (February 11, 2013) where the 17-year-old shared some updates about her debut album and upcoming projects.
New Gleek on the Block
Although an acting newbie, Jessica said that when she got offered the opportunity to be on the hit show Glee, she jumped at the chance. "You only live life once, and [although] I've never acted before, it feels like it's so fun to do!"
She adds, "I met with Ryan Murphy and we talked about some episodes and that will be happening very, very soon. I'm very excited—it's something new, and like Idol, I just said, 'let's do this!'"
The Idol Season 11 runner-up is no stranger to the pressures of being a teen, as she revealed that she got bullied a lot when she was younger. "I got picked on a lot in school, but this was always my dream, to be a singer, and I never let anyone bring me down. I knew what I loved to do, and I told myself I'm gonna go for it!"
First Solo Album
Is pursuing college part of her plan? "I am homeschooled right now, and I'm hoping that I can go to college. I'd like to still have school in there," she says.
Jessica's first solo album is set to launch in Spring 2013, with the debut single coming out in February in the US. "I'm hoping it will be available here at the same time!" she says. "The fact that I get to put out something that's all my own is so exciting. Music has always been what I want to do with my life, and these songs are all me."
To catch Jessica perform tonight (February 14, 2013) with special guest and co-Idol finalist, Colton Dixon, log on to www.ticketnet.com.ph. Also, check out Jessica’s Twitter at @JessicaESanchez and Facebook at www.facebook.com/JessicaSanchezOfficial.
For more information and to keep track of Jessica Sanchez’ tours with Smart, visit www.smartjumpin.com.