“American Idol” contender Jessica Sanchez is joining the all-star lineup for PBS’ National Memorial Day Concert airing at 7 tonight on OETA.
Sanchez will perform “God Bless America” at the annual tribute honoring the service and sacrifice of all our men and women in uniform, their families at home and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The concert will air live in HD on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before an onsite audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.
Sanchez first performed at the National Memorial Day Concert in 2012. The performance is especially significant to Sanchez given that she has military connections in her own family. Her father, Gilbert Sanchez, has served several tours of duty in Iraq and Kuwait with the U.S. Navy and her grandfather Edward M. Bugay is a retired Navy veteran.
Sanchez – the 17-year-old California native who won over “American Idol” viewers last season with her diva-worthy vocal range – recently released her debut album “Me, You & the Music,” which includes the single “Tonight” featuring Ne-Yo.
The multi-award-winning program will be co-hosted for the eighth year by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”) and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise (“CSI: New York”), two acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veterans causes and supporting our troops in active service. In addition to Sanchez, the all-star line-up also includes University of Oklahoma graduate and two-time Golden Globe award-winning actor Ed Harris; distinguished American leader Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); Season 12 “American Idol” winner Candice Glover; “Dancing with the Stars” finalist and classical crossover artist Katherine Jenkins; singer-songwriter and “The Voice” finalist Chris Mann; and acclaimed Tony Award-winning tenor Alfie Boe in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.