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Jessica Sanchez: I've Dreamt Of This And Want To Give Back

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The typhoon in the Philippines hits close to home for Jessica Sanchez. Even though the American Idol runner-up was born and raised in the United States, she has family over there and her mom is from Bataan. Sanchez will be performing a live benefit concert on Stageit.com Friday night, all of the proceeds will go the the America Red Cross to help victims.

"My grandmother and my grandfather live over there right now but my grandmother's visiting so my grandfather's over there and we called to see if he was okay and thankfully he was, I mean it's just tragic what's happening over there."

Earlier this year, Sanchez performed in Manila. She says it was an unforgettable experience.

"It was amazing, that was my second time there and that was before my album came out but I sang just like covers there and it was a sold out concert. The arena was huge and they're so so supportive."

Jessica will soon be going to the Philippines, along with Filipino boxer Manny Pacquaio.

"We're going to be fitting 4 to 5 thousand hearing aids into kids ears that have never heard before...it's just gonna be an amazing amazing experience for me... I'm hoping that when we go over there I can help with the, with everything that's happened, all the victims from the typhoon too, so I'm just excited to go back and do all these fundraisers and stuff."

Jessica will also be part of the tree lighting ceremony at Hollywood and Highland Thursday night.

Fun Facts About Jessica Sanchez (Source: Wikipedia)

1) She is an American singer 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) Prior to appearing on American Idol, Sanchez competed in the first season of America's Got Talent at the age of 11.

3) 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.

4) At the age of 10 Sanchez was runner‑up to Jonathan Liberato on a TV show. Sanchez got 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.

Jessica's first live performance on StageIt.com is Friday night starting at five. All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross in support of those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Jessica will also be taking part in the Hollywood Tree Lighting Thursday night at Hollywood And Highland.

And Jessica's latest CD ‘Me, You, And The Music' is out now.

Twitter: @JessicaESanchez

Facebook: Jessica Sanchez Official

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