Jessica Sanchez Talks DNC Anthem for Hillary Clinton: 'This is the Time for Us to Play Our Part'
Jessica Sanchez made a big splash Tuesday night with the debut of the anthem, "Stronger Together" at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, so much so that the song is hitting the campaign trail with Hillary Clinton.
Sanchez said she was asked to record the song-written for Hillary Clinton by songwriters Carole Bayer Sager, Bruce Roberts and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, who also produced the piece -- just last weekend.
"Literally just two or three days ago, I just recorded it," Sanchez tells Billboard.
Sager was already familiar with what Sanchez could do as a vocalist. Just this April, the American Idol Season 11 alum brought down the house at the Dolby Theatre for the show's finale with her performance of Sager's “The Prayer,” a song recorded by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli. Sanchez recently performed with the Italian tenor at a sold-out show at the Allstate Arena outside Chicago.
Sager reached to Sanchez’s manager, Mark Lamica, asking for the 20-year old singer's availability, as she felt she would be good for the song. Sanchez didn't hesitate and joined Sager and Roberts at Edmonds' studio just this past Sunday.
"It was so last minute. I went in the studio, they mixed it that night and they sent it out the next day," she said. "It's crazy to me, because I didn't think it was going to happen that quick."
Before she knew it, Sanchez was in the bright political spotlight of the DNC convention, as the song was played just after Bill Clinton wrapped his speech.
Since Tuesday, Sanchez has been praised on Twitter by former American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian, both praised the message of "Stronger Together," which urges "we must be strong for each other/we must be there for each other/ we've got to care if we want to be free."
"I’m really honored to be a part of it again," said the Chula Vista, California, native, who performed at the DNC in 2012 for President Barack Obama. "It's been a crazy couple of days for me."
The story doesn’t end there. Sanchez is about to go back into the studio with Edmunds to record a more commercial version of the track, as the current incarnation is currently not available for the public.
"I am going to go back in and re-record it and make it a lot more clean," she said. "It will be the first time that I actually ever meet Babyface and work with him. I am really excited for that."
"Stronger Together," she said, has a message that everyone can relate to.
"With everything that is going on in the world right now, it's important for all of us to come together and stay strong," she said. "The message is great and it's great for the campaign. This is the time for us to play our part and go out and vote and be stronger."
From now through November, the song will be primarily used for the Clinton campaign, although there is a chance the song will be available for purchase as early as next month. Until then, Sanchez may be on the trail herself to perform the song live.
"I have no confirmation yet, but I'm hoping and praying," she said. "That would be amazing."