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‘American Idol’ star Jessica Sanchez to perform at Dallas Zoo
Mar 5, 2014

‘American Idol’ star Jessica Sanchez to perform at Dallas Zoo
Teen highlights Radio Disney Day at the Zoo with Radio Disney Dallas
on seven-city U.S. tour “On The Road to the RDMAs”

 Jessica Sanchez, the popular, big-voiced teenager who was the runner-up to Phillip Phillips in Season 11 of “American Idol,” will perform a free concert at the Dallas Zoo on Saturday, April 5.

Sanchez is headlining this year’s Radio Disney Day at the Zoo hosted by Radio Disney Dallas, where she’ll perform her hit single “Tonight” and songs from her new album.

The appearance is one of just seven U.S. stops on the live-event tour “On The Road to the RDMAs,” which gives kids and families the opportunity to see live performances by top Radio Disney artists. “On The Road to the RDMAs” precedes the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards, which will be held April 26 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Along with the concert, Zoo guests will have the chance to vote for their favorite artists in all RDMA categories, including “She’s The One – Best Female Artist,” “They’re The One – Best Group” and “So FANTastic – Fiercest Fans,” via an interactive kiosk.

The celebration begins at 2 p.m., when the Radio Disney Dallas Road Crew will treat fans to interactive entertainment, fun games and giveaways, and the best songs from today’s biggest artists. Jessica Sanchez will take the stage at 3 p.m., followed by a public meet-and-greet from 4-5 p.m.

Guests may come early and explore the Zoo before the concert, which is free with Zoo admission ($15 for ages 12-64; $12 for ages 3-11 and seniors; and children under age 2 and DZS members are free). Parking is $8 per vehicle, or take the DART Red Line straight to the Zoo entrance to avoid traffic.

The road tour kicked off in Orlando and will stop in Chicago, Houston, Cleveland, Dallas and Seattle before culminating in an award pre-show in front of the Nokia Theatre on April 26. Fans will be able to watch “Disney Channel Presents TheRadio Disney Music Awards,”a television special originating from the event, on Sunday, April 27 (7 p.m. CDT). More information about each event can be found at


About Jessica Sanchez
As one of the final two contestants on season 11 of American Idol, Jessica Sanchez rose to glory by belting out soaring ballads by the likes of Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston. Now, with her debut album for 19 Recordings/Interscope Records, the 18-year-old songstress elevates her vocal artistry to a whole new level and channels her powerhouse pipes into high-energy, beat-soaked dance-pop.

“The songs on my album show the more fun, more pop side of me—there’s a couple of ballads, but it’s mostly all about music you can move and dance to,” Sanchez says.

Born and raised in Chula Vista, California, Sanchez has worked on honing that vocal versatility for almost her entire life. “I started singing when I was two,” says Sanchez, who lists Mariah Carey, Etta James, and Ray Charles among her musical influences.

After nailing her American Idol audition in 2011, Sanchez climbed to the final two and landed her deal with Interscope soon after the season finale. Her album’s release in spring 2013 debuted at #8 on the pop charts, and she and joined the cast of Glee as a guest star for the season finale.

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