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Jessica Sanchez enjoys Manila visit, set to be launched as actress

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Filipino American singer Jessica Sanchez is enjoying every day her present visit to the Philippines, the native country of her mother.


This appeared so as she went trending anew on Twitter, this time when she sang the soulful “Another Silent Christmas Song” with balladeer Christian Bautista at her press conference in Manila.


It was Jessica’s second time to perform a duet. The first was for the song “Two Forevers,” released in 2017.


And because of new developments, Jessica may yet be back in Manila on another extended stay to be able to learn and possibly record Filipino songs and explore the culture and heritage of her mother’s home country.


And she could be launched also as an actress in Manila.


The 23-year-old star singer, who rose to prominence when she ended up as runner-up in the popular United States talent show “American Idol, has just finished a standing room only concert at the Solaire Theater. She had as guest singer Martin Nievera in the show.


Jessica claimed she loves Christmas and may yet spend the season in Manila soon. “I haven’t had a silent Christmas. It’s loud and fun for me! I love Christmas! It’s very festive!” she exclaimed.


Jessica explained that Christmas for her back in her home in San Diego, California is a frenzy of activities, which consist of “putting up trees and wrapping presents.”


Since the season always puts her in a happy mood, Jessica admitted she cannot relate to a sad Christmas song. The fact that she puts so much soul to her somber Christmas song with a fellow Stages actor is proof of Jessica’s talent.


After her Solaire concert, Jessica will be holding another one in December in Davao. The Davao show is produced by BG Productions International owner Baby F. Go.


Jessica said she is readying for an extended stay in the Philippines next year to learn Tagalog with the help of a personal coach. 


It was learned the planned three- to four-week extended stay next year will see her doing an album, as she looks forward to “tapping into the (Filipino) culture and collaborating with more artists.”


BG Productions Baby Go, meanwhile, revealed she plans to cast Jessica in a movie, thus making her acting debut on the big screen in the Philippines.


She said she wants to record more Filipino songs as well as she signed up under a new management in Manila for the purpose.


It can be recalled that during her earlier visit last May, she gave a powerful rendition of the favorite song of Filipinos entitled "Ikaw" that rendition was in the ABS-CBN show “Umagang Kay Ganda.”


Top columnist Isah Red devoted a full report in his column on the only American Idol contestant with Filipino roots that reached the top 2 in the search’s season 11.


Last Nov. 10, a Saturday, Jessica was the featured star in a concert at The Theatre at Solaire with Filipino-American singer Martin Nievera.


At Studio 28 in Taguig City’s Uptown Parade in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Jessica met a motley group of members of the mass media and explained why she is back in the Philippines.


Though this isn’t her first time in the country, Jessica said she bent his time on carving a niche in the Philippines’ colorful and flourishing music market.


She signed with Stages for management of her career not only in the Philippines but in the booming digital music market in Southeast Asia.


Jessica, with the help of Stages, said Carlo Orosa who was there to represent the management company, will do a number of projects in the country in the coming months.


Meanwhile, it was gathered that she could be a judge in the upcoming “Idol Philippines” talent show on the top network ABS-CBN.


"I heard there's like rumors about that but nothing is like set in stone right now. But if they do ask me, I would love to be part of that," Jessica was quoted as saying in an ABS-CBN report.


During the media meet-up, another STAGES star, Christian Bautista, was also there, and they performed the Christmas tune that they recorded in LA, ”Another Silent Christmas Song,” which now available for download from digital music websites, according to Isah Red.


Jessica said she would love to learn Filipino (Tagalog), then she would sing more OPM songs, reported the columnist.


“While I don’t understand Filipino well, it’s a beautiful language to sing in. I want to learn, dive in and be part of the culture. I want to be able to talk and sing in Tagalog to show that side of me,” said the now 23-year-old singer, who was raised in the United States by a Mexican-American father and a Filipino mother from Bataan.


Jessica said she feels that speaking the Filipino language better can double as her way of thanking all the Filipino fans that have been supportive of her career over the years.


“I just love the people and how they backed me up throughout my ‘Idol’ journey, and I’m excited to show everyone how I have grown up,” said Jessica in Isah Red’s column.


During her Solaire concern, Jessica sang again the ballad “Ikaw,” which she has done a couple of times in previous visits to the country. She learned a couple more and performed them with Martin Nievera.


Jessica is also slated to do shows in Cebu and Davao in December.


The upcoming shows will be “a mix of fun stuff”—a throwback to her ‘Idol’ days, a smattering of her original material, and songs that have become part of her musical journey, Isah Red wrote.


“I’m excited to sing different types of songs that will cater to everyone in the crowd. It won’t be limited to ballads and pop songs. I want to touch everyone with my music,” she said. 


“Filipinos can really sing—they’re like vocal monsters, belting and doing all these crazy stuff! I’d love to work with talented artists, not only onstage, but also on record,” she said.


Jessica is recording a new album, which she hopes to finish and release next year. The sound will be R&B-leaning, which is more in line with who she is as an artist.


“I just feel that my voice sits in a beautiful pocket when I sing R&B music. I think my tone suits that genre, and I’m super excited to continue in that direction,” said Jessica, who looks up to the likes of Mariah Carey, Etta James and Aretha Franklin. “Over the years, I have let people dictate who I am as an artist. But now, I just want to do music that feels right to me.”

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