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4th Impact- Their 1st Interview in the USA and The Dreamers

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4th Impact – Their 1st Interview in the USA and The Dreamers

By Mark Daniels
On Saturday April 25th, 2020, 4th Impact made their 1st interview appearance in the United States on Blogtalk Hollywood, with Host MJ Racadio and Co-Host Mark Daniels (aka: DJ M).

The purpose of the interview was to introduce 4th Impact to a new audience within the United States, and to promote their 1st original song K(no)w More.
It was a special interview as 4th Impact opened up and shared their thoughts and feelings on many topics.
To commerate the fact that this was 4th Impact’s 1st interview in the USA with Blogtalk Hollywood, the interview also included questions from their Patreon account, submitted by the fans of 4th Impact who are affectionately known as Dreamers.
4th Impact is a singing group of 4 sisters: Almira, Irene, Mylene, and Celina Cercado.
They began their singing career in 2001.
The girls were singing anywhere they could, and as the years went by they also performed in many competitions.
4th Impact (formerly known as 4th Power, changed their group name due to copyright reasons), rose to fame in 2015 when at the suggestion of a fan they tried out for X-Factor UK.
They made it to the finals and became known throughout Europe and in many parts of the world, including the United States.
The debut video of the 4th Impact on X-Factor UK has reached over 160 million views at the time of this article.
4th Impacts YouTube Channel currently has over 500K Subscriptions.
The girls began the interview on Blogtalk Hollywood by talking about how they were trying to make the best of the quarantine during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Almira shared that with the quarantine in place in the Philippines, she was taking the opportunity to practice more.
Celina added that they were focusing on building their Patreon account, working out and staying fit and healthy.
While laughing Almira shared that her dog Chanel had just given birth to 6 puppies (5 boys and 1 girl) and they had stayed up the previous night until 4am in the morning.
Celina stated “I’m the editor for the vlogs…for now.  I spend more time now with my puppies because every time we have a gig we are so busy we don’t have time to take care of them, so now I put more of my time to play with them and feed them.”
Later in the interview, Mylene discussed something that she loves to do in her free time.
“I love to cook…and I love to eat,” Mylene said laughing.
“She (Mylene) has this specialty.. in LA.”  Irene said, “the boiling crabs.  So delicious. Like the spicy shrimp.”
“Irene is good with Korean dishes,” Almira admitted.
When talking about how 4th Impact came up with the sound for their 1st original single K(no)w More, and who influenced them, Irene had this to say, “We have a lot of influences, but we focused on our own story.”
Laughing Mylene said, “Our own makeup story.”
Irene then added,  “We wanted to deliver 4th Impact sound in this original song which is somewhat like’ Bang, Bang’ with the harmonies.  Actually, we were so nervous that people will not like it because people would be expecting a ballad.”
Almira agreed. “And they would have a high expectation of us.”
Now that 4th Impacts 1st original song ‘K(no)w More’ has been released, the girls took a moment to reflect on their journey from 2001 up until this moment.
Irene thoughtfully had this to say about their journey, “Actually there are sometimes that um..we as 4th Impact we really have time to talk about our dreams and our goals in life, and whenever we look back, we see ourselves like we have achieved a lot already in this time, since 2001, and we can’t believe that everything had happened after a lot of challenges we have encountered in life.”
Almira had this to say about their emotions during their journey to this point:  “Talking about emotions, I think we were very emotional as sisters.
We always cry in all our interviews as you can see.
And looking back from here, having our own song which is independently released from our family and from the friends and those fans who have supported us, it’s been a big challenge.
And sometimes we were laughing and crying at the same time.
We were like where are we going now?
When we look back where we started as simple kids from Isabella without nothing but just dreams, we were kinda like ‘ Hey this is it,’ because from the rock bottom and now we are here and the Dreamers are looking up to us, and they said they were inspired by us and we feed on that and we take that as inspiration to move forward and never stop.”
Irene said “And just like Mylene always tells us, that life is improving. Life is changing.  We are just so grateful for all the blessing were are receiving.”
“We are so grateful for all of our Dreamers also,” said Mylene.
A week prior to the interview, members of 4th Impacts Patreon account were asked if they would like to ask 4th Impact a question, to submit their questions to the Patreon account or to the host of Blogtalk Hollywood: MJ Racadio and/or Co-host Mark Daniels (aka:DJ M).
The love and support by the fans (Dreamers) of 4th Impact became very evident the week leading up to the interview.
Both MJ Racadio and Mark Daniels were bombarded by countless messages by the Dreamers.
Many messages from the Dreamers were touching and heartwarming, while countless more were showing love, prayers, and support for 4th Impact.
Many Dreamers opened up to share their personal stories about 4th Impact, while a few shared how the group had gotten them through their own struggles and challenges. So many more shared their hopes and dreams for the future of 4th Impact. Peter, a longtime Dreamer from the USA shared “I’ve been a Dreamer since that faithful night in 2015 on X-Factor UK.  I’ve been a supporter of them ever since.”
Kimball Miller had one of the most commonly stated thoughts from the Dreamers when he shared “I hope we can get them to come to the USA for a show.  I love these girls.”
After the interview aired, Harold Kelly offered a deeper explanation as to why the Dreamers were so happy to play an active part and being asked to share their thoughts and ask questions as part of the interview.
“I wanted to thank you for asking my question (during the interview). Not just because I felt like part of the Dreamer Nation, but because you (MJ and Mark) provided what was missing.
When they were in the UK for X-Factor, we Dreamers that knew them before that show, and the Dreamers from the Philippines were not able to vote or voice our support because the way X-Factor works it only allows voting from within the UK.  So we were hurt and we felt left out.  By including the Dreamers voices, questions, and feelings as a part of your interview you filled that void.”
And now with their Patreon account, 4th Impact has found a way to still perform and more directly connect with their fans in a personal way.
When asked about their fans, lovingly referred to as Dreamers, Irene said,  “Actually we were debating what name we will choose for our fans, our supporters.”
Almira added, “When we started on X-Factor UK we are 4th Impact, we wanted to call them 4th Impactors.
We debate on words like that.”
Laughing Mylene added  “Impactors!!!”
With a big smile, Almira continued “We based it on us who are also Dreamers, and we ended up calling them Dreamers.”
“Because I think 4th Impactors is kinda funny to hear it,” Irene said.
Almira shared “What is special for me is I spend my spare time reading because the Dreamers send me a lot of music business books.”
“It is really inspiring,” agreed Irene.
Almira agreed and continued, “Yes, I really learned a lot because this is what we really wanted.  This is our passion.  So I would think being the oldest it’s my responsibility too because we are working with a lot of people in the future.  So this quarantine time is a good time to learn something new about the craft we are working on.”
Irene nodded “She (Almira) is getting smarter and smarter, and she is sharing it to us,  like…”
With a mischievous twinkle in her eye and a smile on her face, Mylene quickly added: “Like.. she is getting smarter …and getting fatter!”
With that comment, all the girls burst into laughter.
When it comes to the hard work that goes into the complex arrangements when recording a cover of a song that 4th Impact releases on their Youtube page ‘4th Impact Music’ Irene revealed, “It depends on the content that we are doing.  Usually if its a song cover, we practice it for 3 days, then record it. And then Celina or Kuya Jake will edit it. And then we upload it.”
Almira said “So overall the average is 1 week.”
“But the simple Vlog is the easiest.”  Added Celina.
Looking towards the future Almira said “It is one of our dreams to collaborate with international artists, as well as artists here in the Philippines.  So given the opportunity, we’d really love to.”
One of the most common questions submitted by the Dreamers for the interview was when the 4th Impact will release their 1st full album?
Almira replied, “We are trying our best to finish it for next year. We are trying to get more songs to finish the whole album.”
Lots of hits, doing live music, and a world tour was also some more of the future goals of 4th Impact in the next 5 years.
But there was one goal that stood out that was very special and close to the hearts of 4th Impact.
“One of our visions,” said Almira, “is to have a performing arts school here in the Philippines.”
“We wanted to help those young people like us” added Irene.
“Because when we competed in Korea before (2014)” continued Almira, “in SSK6 we remembered how the Government supports the K-Pop system and they have this school, and they have this room where you can just stay there and just sing and just practice and I think the Philippines need to have more of that. So we are praying for that.”
At the conclusion of the interview 4th impact had the following dedication to make to all the Dreamers before singing ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon:
Irene:  “We just want to encourage all the people around the world, especially the Dreamers, that let’s hope that everything will be fine again, and through this song, we can touch your hearts and uplift your spirits.”
Almira: “During this trying time we especially want to take this opportunity to thank all the Dreamers from the bottom of our hearts.
Because sometimes we can see some of the comments.  They said they’ve been worried about us in our situation here in the Philippines because as performers we have affected also of this situation.  We were very grateful for your care and for your heartwarming support for our music.  So thank you very much.”
After the interview, 4th Impact went on their Patreon account and conducted a live video feed where they thanked the Dreamers for their overwhelming love, participation, and support in relation to the interview on Blogtalk Hollywood.
Almira had this special message for all the Dreamers: “Always remember Dreamers, the reason why we are not giving up is because of you. Only you guys. Only you.”
Mylene became inspired and the girls decided to ask the Dreamers to submit their messenger id’s and they would start randomly calling Dreamers who are members of the Patreon account to talk to them.
And all 4 girls of 4th Impact spent the next hour doing just that.
Reaching out, calling and speaking directly with their Dreamers, sharing jokes, laughter, and heartfelt words and sincere thank you’s for their constant love and support.
Something like this experience between artists and fans is a very beautiful, touching, and inspiring thing to see.

With their heartfelt and amazing vocals, individually and in harmony with each other, their amazing talent and drive, along with the incredible bond, love, and support of their family, and of Dreamers around the World, 4th Impact has an amazing career and future ahead of them.
You can learn more about 4th Impact by following them on Facebook or their YouTube page: 4th Impact Music.
You can also have access to exclusive videos and live concerts and chats with 4th Impact by joining their Patreon account: www.patreon.com/4thImpact.

Pop Star Carly Rae Jepsen will be bringing her ‘Dedicated Tour’ to Manila

Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen will be bringing her ‘The Dedicated Tour’ to Manila on October 23 at the New Frontier Theater. Tickets will be on-sale starting August 31 via TicketNet.com.ph and at all TicketNet outlets nationwide. Presented by concert promoter Wilbros Live.

Fans can expect a night full of hits as Carly Rae Jepsen will be performing her chart-topping songs, including “Cut to the Feeling”, “Call Me Maybe”, “Party for One”, “I Really Like You”, “Boy Problems”, “Emotion”, “Run Away with Me” and many more.

After Carly Rae Jepsen released her critically acclaimed album E·MO·TION in 2015, it became “a modern touchstone for a new crop of pop-leaning artists and legacy acts,” as NPR noted, adding “the blast radius of E•MO•TION is expansive.” The album also inspired an abundance of memes — extending the cultural cachet that Jepsen earned from the ubiquity of her Grammy-nominated blockbuster hit “Call Me Maybe” (from her U.S debut album Kiss), which not only climbed to No. 1 on the iTunes Singles charts in over 47 countries, sold over 20 million singles worldwide, and was certified Diamond in the U.S., but was referenced by everyone from former secretary-of-state Colin Powell to Cookie Monster. 

Jepsen’s new album, Dedicated, retains the joyful, hook-filled feeling of its predecessor. But where E*MO*TION, which featured the platinum single “I Really Like You,” was an ’80s-influenced synth-pop classic that Rolling Stone called “a pop masterclass” and Stereogum called “indisputable, unfuckwithable pop genius,” Dedicated has a more ’70s-inspired feel at times (though the album defies categorization as a whole). At one point, Jepsen was sure she was making a disco opus. “The title was going to be ‘Disco Sweat,’” she says with a laugh. “I really bought into it.” But Jepsen had a change of heart thanks to her travels over the past two years, which included writing trips to the Swedish countryside (“It was spring and there were fields of flowers, homemade breads, and kittens running everywhere”) and a beach in Nicaragua, where she surfed and stayed in a cabana-like casita. Then there was an Eat Pray Love-esque solo vacation in Italy. “I had so many songs,” she says. “I needed some space to walk around, reflect, eat pasta, and get to know myself a bit.”

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SHANTI DOPE BRINGS PINOY PRIDE IN INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS

SHANTI DOPE BRINGS PINOY PRIDE IN INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS

It’s here!

“Crazy” (International Remix) by MiMi featuring Nomad, Krayzie Bone and our very own Shanti Dope  🔥

LISTEN to the song on Spotify  ➡️ spoti.fi/2P2lew1

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Manila, Philippines (August 16, 2018). 17 year-old viral rap star Shanti Dope’s flourishing artistry continues to burn bright as he brings Pinoy rap into the international scene.

As he celebrates one year in the industry, and more than 20 million views and streams for his hit song “Nadarang,” the new gen rapper-songwriter adds collaborations with international artists to the long list of achievements in his young career.

Shanti is expected to bring his A-game in on the international remix of the song ‘Crazy’ by rising American singer Mimi. He joins NomaD and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony member Krayzie Bone in the catchy hip-hop tune, also providing a unique Pinoy twist on his verse.

The song does not only feature Shanti himself as an artist, but also our very own language as he raps Tagalog on his verse. To be able to showcase the national language on a worldwide stage is a big feat for OPM artists, especially in the genre of rap, as Shanti continues to build bridges across different genres, platforms, and audiences through his music.

The rap prodigy will not only appear on this international track, but is also slated to be special a guest (together with his mentor Gloc-9) in the upcoming Ultimate hiphop OG Bone Thugs-N-Harmony concert on September 5, 2018 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Mimi’s ‘Crazy (International Remix) [feat. Shanti Dope, Krayzie Bone, and NomaD]’ is now available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, and Amazon

Shanti Dope and Materyal EPs are now available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, and Amazon under Universal Records.

Tickets for Bone Thugs-N-Harmony concert are out now via SM Tickets | bit.ly/BTNH2018MNL It’s gonna be an epic hiphop party with #BTNHManila ft. Gloc-9 and Shanti Dope, made possible by Ovation Productions.

Maine Mendoza Signs with Universal Records

MAINE MENDOZA SIGNS WITH UNIVERSAL RECORDS

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(L-R) Universal Records Operations Manager Peter Chan, Universal Records General Manager Kathleen Dy-Go, Maine Mendoza, Business Manager Rams David

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After weeks of anticipation, Maine Mendoza has officially signed a record deal with Universal Records. The contract signing was held at the Universal Records office. Present during the signing were Universal Records General Manager Kathleen Dy-Go, Operations Manager Peter Chan, Business Manager Rams David, and Maine


Hints of Maine’s signing first hit the web after Universal Records posted a teaser photo of a ‘mystery girl’ wearing a leather jacket bearing the word Universal on it. Fans were quick to catch on, as #MaineForUniversalRecords became the #1 Trending Topic on Twitter in the Philippines and Worldwide not long after the teaser was posted.

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The mystery girl was finally shown to be non-other than Maine herself on June 22, as posted through a Big Reveal video, further exciting her fans. 

Signing with Universal Records is just the latest accolade for the 23 year-old star, as she celebrates her third anniversary in show business. Rising to stardom after being introduced as Yaya Dub on the hit noontime show Eat Bulaga, Maine has amassed a number of endorsements, TV shows, box-office hits, and a best-selling book. Now, Maine is more than ready to trade in her dubsmash skills to pursue a recording career, adding to her many talents.

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Maine with Universal Records General Manager Kathleen Dy-Go


Talking about Maine’s signing, Kathleen Dy-Go, General Manager of Universal Records says “We’re very happy to welcome Maine into the Universal Records family, and very excited to be working with her for her upcoming projects.”

Maine now joins Gary Valenciano, Christian Bautista, Noel Cabangon, The CompanY, Parokya ni Edgar, Gloc-9, Sponge Cola, Ice Seguerra, Shanti Dope, Christian Bautista, and Elmo Magalona in the elite roster of Universal Records’ prime artists.

Stay tuned for Maine’s debut single under Universal Records this 2018.

For more updates, follow Universal Records on Instagram @universalrecordsph and Twitter @universalrecph, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/universalrecordsph and YouTube

 

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BOYZLIFE LIVE IN MANILA!

BOYZLIFE LIVE IN MANILA!

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Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy, part of the multi-platinum, record breaking bands, Westlife and Boyzone, have joined forces to create Boyzlife.

Boyzlife is the thrilling untold story of life in two of the world’s biggest boybands, with the lifelong friends walking the audience through their lives – captivating tales of the highs, the lows and of course weaved in between the stories will be an intimate performance including a selection of their biggest hits that forged their careers! Boyzlife has been selling out all their special intimate performances since their formation in 2016.

During Brian’s time in Westlife the band secured a record 7 straight Number 1 singles, 12 UK & Ireland Number 1 singles in total, 4 Number 1 Albums, x3 Record of the Year Awards, x2 MTV Europe Music Award, x1 Brit Award and countless others. Sales during this time reached in excess of 30 million. Among Westlife’s chartbusting singles are; “Swear It Again”, “My Love”, “Fool Again”, “Queen of My Heart”, “I Have A dream”, “Uptown Girl”, “I Need You”, “Soledad”, “All or Nothing”, “Seasons In The Sun”, and many more! Brian’s debut solo single ‘Real To Me’ topped the charts in the UK, Ireland and across Europe, becoming one of the biggest radio airplay hits that year across the continent. Brian followed this up with a further three solo Number 1 singles and platinum status in Australia where he resided.

As a member of Boyzone, Keith has enjoyed incredible success, with the band being Europe’s most successful boyband during the second half of the 1990’s and the success has continued for many years. Achieving 6 UK Number 1 singles – with 16 of their first 17 singles going Top 5 in the UK Charts – it cemented Boyzone as the first Irish group to top the UK charts so regularly. 5 Number 1 albums were secured and over 25 million records sold worldwide. Some of the group’s greatest hits are No Matter What,  I Love The Way You Love Me, Words, Baby Can I Hold You, Love Me For A Reason, among others.

 

Brian and Keith will sing the greatest hits of Boyzone and Westlife as they perform live in Manila on December 4 at the Kia Theater, presented by Ovation Productions. Ticket prices are P5750, 4750, 3750, 1750 and are available starting October 26 viawww.ticketnet.com.ph and all regular ticketnet outlets.

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Journey’s Frontman Concert in Manila

Arnel Pineda: The 50th Birthday Concert

September 5, 2017/ 7:00 PM
Grand Ballroom, Okada Manila


July 04, 2017(Manila, Philippines). Partake in a heartfelt celebration of Arnel Pineda’s colorful life as he turns 50. The Filipino rockstar is marking his golden year with an intimate birthday dinner show at Okada Manila, where he will be singing the songs of his life. The night’s setlist follows Arnel’s life story, from his beginnings in local bands to conquering the world stage as frontman of the legendary Journey. The artist will delight the audience with renditions of his personal favorites and original compositions. Surprise performances await both the audience and the artist himself.  With acclaimed video and event director Paul Basinillo at the helm, the night will surely create lasting impressions for those in attendance.

Our Cause
Arnel’s humble beginnings has shaped him into a man of goodwill. Majority of the event’s proceeds will go to the Arnel Pineda Foundation, Inc. (APFI), a non-stock, non profit, and independent foundation that provides underprivileged children quality education, health services and medical attention. Arnel and his family personally oversee the Foundation and are always present in its events.

The Celebrant

Arnel Pineda is the lead singer of celebrated American rock band, Journey. Since landing the coveted gig in 2007, he has showcased his powerful pipes at the biggest venues including the Hollywood Bowl, Wembley Arena, and Tokyo Budokan. He has collaborated with the likes of Foreigner, Deep Purple, Santana, Joan Jett, Rascal Flatts among others.


Arnel was born on September 5, 1967 in Sampaloc, Manila. After his mother’s illness and eventual death put the family in a dire financial situation, he volunteered to live independently, taking on odd jobs to provide for himself at the age of 14. At 15, he became the lead singer of the band, Ijos. In 1986, along with some members of Ijos, he formed Ammo and the band went on to win the Rock Wars contest. In 1988, Ammo won the Philippine leg of the Yamaha World Band Explosion and competed in Hong Kong for the finals.  In 1990, Pineda and other Ammo members formed another band called Intensity Five which came first runner-up at the Yamaha World Band Explosion, with Arnel winning Best Vocalist. Arnel also fronted the bands New Age, 9mm, Most W@nted, and Zoo.

Our Venue

Okada Manila impresses anyone who enters its halls. This biggest and grandest integrated resort in the country occupies an astounding 44 hectares of land in the Entertainment City.With a five-star hotel, a wealth of dining destinations, exciting retail options, and gaming experiences, Okada sets the bar high in the hospitality and gaming scene.

Tickets

Tickets to the event are now out at Ticketworld branches and online at ticketworld.com.ph. A seat is PHP 7,040.40, inclusive of a full-course sit-down dinner and covering tax and other mandated charges.  For inquiries, get in touch with Up North Productions at upnorthproductionsinc@gmail.com, or at mobile number +63 917 652 7463.

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Ed Sheeran tops the first-ever Billboard Philippines Hot 100

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Ed Sheeran tops the first-ever Billboard Philippines Hot 100, while local singer Inigo Pascual leads the Billboard Philippine Top 20.

Photo Credit: Meredith Jenks

Check out the link to the video of first BillboardPH local chart.

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Billboard’s charts have expanded to the Philippines. Billboard Philippines (“BillboardPH”) recently premiered (June 12) the country’s first rankings reflecting local music consumption.

Using localized on-demand streaming data from global services Apple Music, Spotify and YouTube, plus download track sales from iTunes, BillboardPH’s new charts provide the most accurate representation of music popularity in the Philippines.

Leading BillboardPH’s chart offerings is the BillboardPH Hot 100, which ranks the top songs by both local and foreign acts. The Billboard Philippine Top 20, meanwhile, will contain only Filipino artists, and the Billboard PH Catalog Chart will list songs by Filipino acts that are older than three years, but still being actively streamed.

Ed Sheeran commands the No. 1 spot on the BillboardPH Hot 100 with “Shape of You,” while Bruno Mars and The Chainsmokers each place a pair of tracks each in the top 10.  Also occupying spaces in the Hot 100 top 10 are DJ Khaled‘s “I’m the One,” featuring Justin BieberQuavoChance the Rapper & Lil Wayne, at No. 3, and the current Billboard Hot 100 U.S. No. 1 hit “Despacito,” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, at No. 5.

The Billboard Philippine 20 is led by Inigo Pascual’s “Dahil Sa’Yo,” with singer/actress Jona holding down two spots in the top 10, at Nos. 3 and 4, with “Pusong Ligaw” and “Maghihintay Ako,” respectively. Also faring well on the local list is rock/fusion band Sud, which stands at No. 2 with “Sila.”

Billboard PH, launched in September 2016, has quickly become the premier source of music coverage in Philippines. The addition of local charts to a menu already including the U.S.-based Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200, among others, further emphasizes the site as the go-to place for Filipino music fans.  The Billboard PH charts refresh each Monday morning local time.

MJ Racadio the Blogger during Billboard Philippines Successful Launched.

 

From Rockstar to Popstar

From Rockstar to Popstar

Getting-to-know #LouisXavier

By Viva Alvaro-Galvez and MJ Racadio

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Louis Xavier (International Pop Recording Artist/Model/Songwriter). Photo Credits: Memo Photography Studio, Stylist: Elora Camille E. Aragon

Who would not recall Junard, the rockstar from the famous Philippine Sprite commercial in 2015? Yes, that’s him!

Together, let us discover how he managed to land the famous character, and witness his transition towards fulfilling his dreams and aspirations.  There is so much more than what his character in the commercial offers.

This is a story of a young man who has overcome undertakings at a very young age, by focusing not on his negative experiences, but on the things that he wants to pursue, and the person that he wants to become.

“I didn’t really enjoy being a kid because I was bullied. Everyone was calling me names. Somebody would say nobody likes me, I should just go home.”

“But I enjoyed listening to music, and playing various musical instruments. I did not have lots of friends but I enjoyed being with my family all the time.”

Hearing his past experiences would make us wonder and ask how and why he has become the person that we know today.

Graduating from high school marks the end of the darkest moments in his life. “That’s the best and most memorable part for my high school life; saying goodbye to everyone. New environment, new me,” he said.

In 2011, he went to the best culinary school in the Philippines. He did great in school and he was half scholar. He started meeting a lot of great people and great friends, however, he felt like something else is missing.

“There was a piano in the lounge. That’s where I learned how to play piano. No one taught me. I started with Happy Birthday, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star at first and then soon, I became good at it,” he recalled. He did it everyday without a miss, before classes, during breaks, and after classes.

That’s when he found the answer to the question he was asking himself way back. He already knew what was missing! This is something he has always been passionate about, his joy, his solace, one of his selected companions during his unhappy days in high school – his love for music.

He recalled his thoughts and dilemmas during that time. “At the back of my mind, I still think about music. I was good at baking and culinary stuff, but the urge to play and make music was there, and not even my parents knew about that.” Nobody knew about this except him.

It’s the universe showing a glimpse of what he would do and pursue in the coming years, but not in culinary world. He was so used to playing piano that he would hum along, and eventually sing while playing, until he started writing songs out of these melodies. It gave him a hope that he could make it to the industry.

Aside from his love for music, he would attend TV commercial auditions. His Dad is an award-winning advertising creative director, but during his younger years, he would always think he wouldn’t make it. “I’ve always wanted to be a model, but before, I was thinking I will never reach that level. I am not saying that I am a really good looking person now, but I tried my best to make myself look and be like one,” he added. Little did he know, his first ever commercial break would air on the national TV in 2015.

Sprite Commercial: ‘Jhunard as Rockstar Vocalist’

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Louis Xavier’s Transformation from Rockstar (Jhunard Of Sprite TV Commercial) to Popstar.

He was chosen as one of the main characters in Sprite commecial. “Ako si Jhunard,“Punta ka sa gig ko, ako Bokalista” was his line. To him, it’s not only about having a noticeable part in a TV advertisement. Moreover, it is about being portrayed as a musician, because that’s what he is in real life. “I perfectly fit in that commercial,” he said.

More than 200 young men auditioned for the role.

In 2016, he went to Hollywood for an auditon, to sing, and participate in a workshop for John Robert Powers. He stayed there for 5 months. “It was hard to be away with my family. It was also scarry because there are a lot of con artists in Hollywood and I met a lot of them,” he recalled.

When asked about the learnings he acquired during his stay in US, he would say it taught him a lot of things. “Life is really hard. You don’t get an overnight success in Hollywood, you really have to work for it. You have a lot of competitors. You have to be realistic with your dreams, but you do not have to be discouraged. It seem impossible, but there is a possibility.”

Right now, he is preparing for a come back. Every bit of him could really tell that he is excited for everything. He is being mentored, and he is very much willing to work things out. “This is it! There is a strategy. I feel like I am on a right direction. I never thought that there is a better way of doing it. I just have to do it.”

He will be making a music video soon, featuring one of his original music. “I am polishing all my songs. I need to sharpen my performance, and work on my vocals even more. I am giving myself a 6-month preparation before I launch myself in New York and Hollywood,” he said.

He picture himself launching an album, and becoming an International popstar, a year from now. “I can see my future as that person. I see myself playing my music, performing, and having concerts in different places,” he said.

It is indeed a dream that one could only imagine as a reality. Louis is far different from the many because he is doing something about his dreams. He has a goal, a plan to reach that goal, and a way to work on everything thay may hinder him from reaching it. He is unstoppable! 

His dreams would only remain as dreams without the most important people who believed in him; his family. Family is the sole foundation throughout his transformation, and towards becoming the person he was just used to dreaming about.

“To me, they are the only people that I can lean on to. Friends will come and go, but my parents are always going to be there for me. My family is my real friend.”

Horror of the past may sometimes hunt him in sleep, but they are no longer there when he wakes up. It’s now too far from his reality, not even a slight of it show today.

The world and some people in it may take away some of the valuable things in life (confidence, happiness, and true identity)but in their most powerful way; Music, and family seem to be a refuge. There is no room for a vengeful heart, but a fighting, pure, forgiving, and loving soul conquers. “I didn’t really change, I just made myself stronger, and better,” he said.

Louis is currently working in the studio finishing his debut album with Ryan Klos (Record Producer) . His dream of becoming a pop recording artist is a work in progress, and he is surely getting there. It’s 90% completed, and only 10% is a work in progress. He’s got what it takes, and he believes he can!

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Billboard Philippines Play Sound

Billboard Philippines Playsound

by #FrancesTheReviewer

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Your ultimate go-to for the world’s most popular charts, videos, events, and music news is now in the Philippines! Since the 1950’s, Billboard has been the authority in the music industry. It is the standard record chart in the United States (and eventually internationally) for global singles.  To celebrate Billboard’s presence here in the Philippines, #BillboardPH and Ayala Malls are holding three events this month called #BBPHPlaySound: The BillboardPH Music Trip. The first one was held last May 13-14 at Trinoma Activity Center. There will be another one this weekend at Alabang Town Center.

Live Coverage of Blogtalk with MJ Racadio with #FrancestheReviewer

Luckily for the #BlogTalkWithMJRacadio Team, we were invited to celebrate and witness the ribbon cutting ceremony last Saturday, May 20 at the Glorietta Activity Center. The event was attended by big names in the local music industry such as Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, Elmo Magalona, Gab Alipe of Urbandub and Tutti Caringal of 6CycleMind plus Louis Xavier up and coming pop artist. According to the #BlogTalk interview with the Mr. Cayabyab, chart rankings are based on physical and digital sales, radio play and YouTube streaming.

The event was full of celebrities, upbeat music, sweet Billboard chocolate lollipops, and many more! There was definitely no shortage of fun that afternoon.

MJ Racadio Interviewing Legendary Mr. Ryan Cayabyab

#FrancesTheReviewer interviewing Elmo Magalona

Below are clips from our interviews with Mr. Ryan Cayabyab, Elmo Magalona, and Gab Alipe of Urbandub.

Teasers for Blogtalk with MJ Racadio

with Louis Xavier (Pop Artist)

BECCA GODINEZ SET TO DEBUT AT CATALINA JAZZ CLUB

BECCA GODINEZ SET TO DEBUT AT

CATALINA JAZZ CLUB

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: TED BENITO (E:tedibenito@gmail.com)

 Becca Godinez (Singer/Songwriter, Actress,Producer/Director)

(Los Angeles, May 04, 2017) – Becca Godinez – actress, singer/songwriter, producer/director – makes a much anticipated return to the concert stage with “Me, Myself & Music” on Saturday, May 20 in Hollywood. The intimate show, which highlights songs that have influenced the artist through the years, serves as Becca’s one-woman debut at the legendary Catalina Jazz Club. While Becca has performed in numerous musical concerts in recent years (“Apl.de.ap Takes You to the Philippines” at the Hollywood Bowl and  “Jazzmopolitan” at the Ford Amphitheater, to name a few), the Catalina engagement marks the first time in over seven years she will take the microphone as a solo artist.

“After 2009, I performed with other artists – perhaps because it was safer that way,” muses Becca.  “I was returning to the concert stage after an absence and not having to singularly carry a show was easier.  Sharing an act allowed me the chance to stretch, to rediscover what I could do stylistically and vocally and I began to grow into the entertainer that I wanted to be. Appearing in a solo concert on that [Catalina] stage will be a feather on my cap, for sure.  I like being close to the audience – to reach out and Catalina is the perfect venue for that.”

“Me, Myself & Music” will present an eclectic mix of songs and musical genres covering everything from Brazilian jazz, to contemporary pop to acapella music. There will even be some original music that Becca will be presenting for the first time. “The audience will hear my voice – my choice of songs – the kind of music that I have loved – music that has influenced my song choices and styles.  There will be no frills – just five musicians and me.  I will be able to show all facets of my music and all the crazy sides of me.”

A portion of the concert proceeds will benefit two needy charities that Becca is personally involved with – Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) (introduced to Becca by friend Ted Benito) and her own library system she developed in the Philippines that benefit children. “I have always leaned towards advocacies for children,” explains Becca. “CHLA is a true friend to children and their health care needs.  They rely on the generosity of philanthropists to support patient care and as well do research that could positively impact all children today and in the future.  In the Philippines, God opened avenues that allowed me to establish four childrens’ libraries to date.  All of these are located in financially depressed areas.  It was my dream but must confess that I did not do it alone.  It is a humble but successful effort.  I believe any child – given equal educational opportunities – can better or even surpass the successes of those who have been given an easier lot in life.”

As special guests for the evening, Becca will welcome the Philippine Chamber Singers (PCS), the chorale ensemble under the direction of Gelo Francisco. “I love them;  I love their immense talents individually and as a whole and, I love the varied song styles they tackle,” said Becca.  “I love hearing the coming together of musical chords.  I saw PCS perform at the Disney Concert Hall last year and thought…’gosh I’d like to harmonize with that talented group!’”

The veteran performer, who got her start in Manila in television and in musical theater, will also give a musical nod to those genres as part of the evening’s repertoire.  “There’s a big difference between a concert, musical theater and television.   Musical theatre is scripted; performing in a musical allows me to sing but it is as a fictitious character,” says Becca.  “It is similar with television.  I hosted several of my own TV shows in Manila, but in the end, it is also scripted in a way as to please a specifically themed hour that involves guests, dancers, interviews, etc.   A solo concert is freeing.   I get to choose songs that could be random, funny, crazy – a mash up of musical styles and it is my raw heart that is offered to the audience.”

 

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GODinUs Music presents

BECCA GODINEZ: “ME, MYSELF & MUSIC”

Saturday, May 20, 2017
Catalina Jazz Club
6725 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

TICKETS: $45
For tickets call: (323) 466-2210 or visit: www.catalinajazzclub.com

Two Item minimum or dinner per person
(not included with ticket price)

Doors open at 7:00 pm
Show at 8:30 pm
Club Parking Available: $6

Supporting  CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES
To learn more about CHLA visit www.chla.org

“Me, Myself & Music” is a sentimental journey of songs from the American songbook, contemporary rock & pop and Broadway that have touched Becca Godinez’s heart and soul through the years. Becca Godinez is an award-winning, exciting, contemporary vocalist and singer/songwriter who brings a pastiche of music – Brazilian bossa, Broadway classics, modern pop, soft rock, jazz and Christian – punctuated by her unique and innovative interpretation. As an international artist, Becca has performed in Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, Manila and at major venues including the Hollywood Bowl and the Ford Amphitheater.  “Me, Myself & Music” marks Becca’s Catalina Jazz Club debut. ​