We first teased earlier this Memorial Day Weekend that both Candice Glover and Jessica Sanchez were going to be performing at the PBS’ Memorial Day concert event from Washington DC, and just as you would expect, neither one of them disappointed. There’s a reason why you want to have stars from “American Idol” sing some of your most-patriotic songs: They have incredibly powerful voices, and know that this is a gig that they can be called to do many times in the future.
When it comes to Candice, her take on the National Anthem was just as exceptional as you would expect. One thing we really liked about it was that she sang it relatively straight, choosing to actually focus on the notes present in the song rather than going crazy on the runs or showing off her range more than the song allows. Sometimes, you have to just celebrate the purity of the note rather than going overboard with any one thing.
As for Jessica, she hit the stage to perform a rousing version of the classic “God Bless America.” She comes from a line of military men courtesy of her father and grandfather, and she has also been one of the more political “American Idol” contestants, backing President Obama despite not even being old enough to vote.
Hopefully, both ladies will get some additional exposure from these performances as they promote their music in the coming year. Jessica’s “Me, You, & the Music” recently hit stores, while Candice’s own debut will arrive in just under two months on July 16.
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