Watch Jessica Sanchez perform a cover of the Miami Sound Machine’s “Turn the Beat Around” for the Hispanic Heritage Awards. The ceremony was taped a few weeks ago and aired on PBS networks last night (Sept 29).
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation awards leaders who have made an impact in the Latino community. Jessica gets a lot of attention for her Filipino roots, but she also has Mexican heritage on her father’s side.
Her performance opened the show:
Also, the American Idol season 11 alum is featured on a new Japanese single, “Vacation,” by DJ Komori. The song is a Japan-only release.
Jessica’s debut album, “Me, You and the Music” was released in 2013. She’s has been working on new music, but is taking her time to get it right, as she tells the Philippines-based website, Rappler, “I’ve been super busy working on new music and I am so excited for everyone to hear it. For the first time, I’ve been collaborating with different producers and I’ve been writing which is very exciting as I did not have the chance to do that on the last album. The process of songwriting and being creative and starting music from scratch can be a lengthy process. I know my fans are waiting but this will take some time. I’ve grown up a lot since the last album and American Idol so I want to take my time with this and not rush anything. I’ve also been doing various TV performances and appearances so I am very busy!”
Check out the new Japanese single, “Vacation,” below