American Idol Season 11’s runner-up Jessica Sanchez released her much-anticipated debut album aptly titled: “Me, You & the Music” last April 30, her first under 19 Entertainment / Insterscope Records. The long-overdue 11-track album showcases Sanchez’s undeniable vocal prowess with a mixed of upbeat songs and powerful ballads. Though there’s no Emimen collaboration as Sanchez hoped, the album nonetheless features two tracks of duet from equally talented artist like Grammy winner Ne-Yo for the song “Tonight” which he co-wrote and is the current single; and Prince Royce – recipient of multiple Billboard Latin Music Awards, with the song “No One Compares” (original and Spanglish versions).
I instantly fell in love with “Crazy Glue” – a powerful ballad with a beautifully-written melody that is very distinct to her. She actually co-wrote this song and two others: “No One Compares (feat. Prince Royce)” – a pop/dance track; and “You’ve Got the Love” – an upbeat track with an amazing vocal range! Phew! It’s inevitable to compare her with Rihanna, Beyonce and Jazmine Sullivan but she’s definitely out there to create her own identity.
On the creative side, Sanchez managed to pull-off an amazing A-List of songwriters and producers with Toby Gad who worked with Beyonce, Fergie, Miley Cyrus, and The Veronicas among others; Mark J. Feist who have worked with huge artists like Celine Dion, Kelly Rowland and Natalie Cole; and Harvey Mason Jr. with Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Whitney Houston and Luther Vandross under his belt. Breakthrough and R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan co-wrote “Drive By”; award-winning writer LaShawn Daniels co-wrote “You’ve Got the Love”; Sia Furler which recently appeared on David Guetta’s Titanium co-wrote “Gentlemen”; J.R. Rotem made a new life to Tom Petty’s 1985 hit – “Don’t Come Around Here No More” now titled: “Don’t Come Around” with a more reggae feel.
Scheduled to appear on the last 2 episodes of Glee for this season and with the release if her debut album, Jessica is obviously one of today’s emerging young artists and hopefully she can cut her own niche in the music arena.
Top 5 songs: Crazy Glue, Plastic Roses, No One Compares, Tonight and Right to Fall
UPDATE: “Me, You & the Music” debuts at #26 on Billboard 200 with 14,000 units sold!
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