A few years ago American Idol featured a then seventeen year old singer from Seattle Washington who would not prove to win the contest, but would go on to become one of the most controversial and key performers to ever grace the series. While as contestant, Sanjaya was subjected to ridicule and abuse by certain members of the judging staff but he would plow on, undaunted by the unprofessional snips.
Since those days of 2007, Sanjaya Malakar has continued on a journey with music and entertainment that began as a toddler. He has appeared on countless talk shows and reality programs, authored a nest-selling book “Dancing To The Music In My Head “ and has even tended bar so that he might be able to stay in the game and afford the best vocal coach that money can buy. Most talented stars we can recount all had to work a day or night job so they could eat, afford acting or music lessons and just keep getting out there and auditioning, never letting go of their dreams.
Today Sanjaya Malakar is a twenty-five year old man with short-cropped hair and facial hair, but he still has the incredible smile that won the hearts of America and got him voted all the way into the Top Ten on Idol; no small achievement in itself. He’s stronger, wiser and worldlier than before but he has remained ever so humble and happy to be alive and to just be the entertainer he was born to become.
This Saturday, August second in a small city between Seattle and Portland Oregon called Centralia. Sanjaya Malakar will treat the community to a free show at the Pacific Northwest Custom Built Guitar Fest being held throughout the cities of Centralia and Chehalis Washington. (Various demonstrations and performances Friday August 1st - see website for details ) There will be music starting outside the Chehalis Moose Lodge at 11 a.m. on Saturday, and then Sanjaya Malakar with a full band will perform at 7 p.m.
Various vendors such as Guitar makers, food and beverages will be available throughout the day and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Loyal Order of the Moose with their Orphanage, which sees children all the way through four years of college. Sanjaya and his band are donating all their time and talents for this very worthy cause.
by Bruce Maier