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The “American Idol” runner-up has joined the fight against Anti-Asian hate crimes through music.
Upon teaming up with Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban, the singer has come up with a song called “Us” which aims to raise awareness on Anti-Asian hate crimes linked to the COVID-19 pandemic and promote unity.
A Voice Against Injustice
Sanchez said in an interview with CNN Philippines: “I have been wanting to make a very impactful song for quite a really long time. A lot of my songs have a little bit of my story, but I think it would be a great opportunity to use my voice and use my platform for something more than myself.”
The 25-year-old singer, who is the daughter of a Mexican-American father and Filipina mother, openly talked about her experiences of racism as an Asian in the music industry.
"It's crazy because I haven't experienced it to that level (of hate crime). I experienced racial comments and stuff like that and people saying, 'I can't do things because I'm Asian in the music industry', I experienced that. That's already something," Sanchez added. "But what's happening now is like taking it to a whole new level so I have to say something."
Sanchez’s music career was boosted after finishing as the runner-up of the 11th season of “American Idol”.
The song, along with its music video, will debut on May 07, 2021, with Cuban, Ne-Yo, Liane V, Patrick Starr, and Black Eyed Peas’ Apl.de.ap.