Jessica Sanchez Talks New Album, 'Glee' and Life After 'Idol'

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Life after American Idol has been "amazing" for Jessica Sanchez.

Although the 17-year-old singer didn't take home the Idol title during her season 11 run (she was the runner up), Jessica's career seems to be kicking off with a bang, with the release of her debut album and a guest-starring role on Glee.

Jessica, who told us in a sit-down she's wanted to sing since she was ten years old, dished on her new single, album and what it was like to work with Ne-Yo.

"The first single is called "Tonight" featuring Ne-Yo and it's so exciting because it's with Ne-Yo, and I never thought I'd be able to work with these type of people" Jessica said. "Ne-Yo co-produced that song with Stargate and he's so humble. He's so down to earth. He's like my big brother. He gives me so many tips."

The Grammy-winning "Let Me Love You" crooner also appears in the music video for "Tonight."

"Shooting the video was so much fun," Jessica continued. "Lots of glitter, lots of dancing. It's so upbeat and clubbish and it's just been such an amazing journey...everything has just been amazing."

Jessica's debut album, "Me and the Music" hit stores Tuesday, which she said has an "urban r&b, pop kind of feel" with soulful ballads in the mix.

So, what's up next for this budding superstar?

"I'm very much about big dreams and dreaming big and working really hard," she said. "My biggest dream is to become this artist that tours and everything [like that]."

While Jessica has no confirmed tours in place just yet, the Idol alum will get a chance to show off her acting chops when Glee's fourth season finale airs May 9.

Take a look at Jessica's "Tonight" music video feat. Ne-Yo!

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