Jessica Sanchez to perform at Democratic convention

MANILA, Philippines - "American Idol" season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez joins the list of performances scheduled for the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

The Filipino-Mexican-American singer is scheduled to perform at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Wednesday, September 5 (Thursday, September 6 in Manila), at the second day of the DNC.

Scheduled on the same day are saxophonist Branford Marsalis and DJ Cassidy.

The 17-year-old singer joins a select list of performers at the convention, where US President Barack Obama is set to be re-nominated to run for the presidency. She joins music legend James Taylor, the group Earth, Wind and Fire, and Mary J. Blige, all of whom will perform in Charlotte.

Here are the other performers, listed by the night they will perform:

Tuesday, September 4 (Time Warner Cable Arena)
DJ Cassidy
Ledisi
Amber Riley (national anthem)

Wednesday, September 5 (Time Warner Cable Arena)
DJ Cassidy
Jessica Sanchez
Branford Marsalis (national anthem)

Thursday, September 6 (Bank of America Stadium)
Foo Fighters
Mary J. Blige
Earth, Wind and Fire
James Taylor
Delta Rae
Inspire the Fire
Marc Anthony (national anthem)

"This roster of performances only adds to the excitement building in Charlotte for the historic week ahead of us," Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, chairman of the 2012 DNC, said Friday, August 31.

"The tens of thousands who will attend Convention events in person, and all those tuning in across the country, should be ready for quite a show," Villaraigosa added. - Rappler.com