Jace Roque, a fast-rising electronic dance music (EDM) artist and is like an ‘unaccepted prophet’ in his native place (Luke 4: 24b with emphasis).
He may have relatives like a supportive uncle Gino Padilla and a distant cousin Luke Mejares, he, as an independent artist, it isn’t all a walk in the park still.
The music icons attached to his name aren’t the tickets to his success.
It’s all about his efforts in promoting his brand of music and being noticed by Kobalt Music Group, the number one music publishing company in the UK. The said company comes next after Sony Music Entertainment in the US.
His SOBER single, which he launched this year, has streamed over 300,000 times on Spotify. New Music Friday Philippines, Tatak Pinoy, and OPM Rising–three of Spotify‘s most popular editorial playlist platforms did feature the said song.
For his latest single, LOVE launched on September 27, it now reached 100,000 views and was released by Kobalt Music.
He described this song as his way of opening to the world [again] after being heart-broken.
“It’s like putting down your walls and guards down and taking chances on another love,” Roque stressed.
Since he writes, produces, and arranges his songs–he finds it fit that the texts that go with his songs are from his personal experiences.
What’s admirable about Jace is his attitude. He’s not the type to give up his dreams by some great force. He’s proved it even in his second single when he competed along with the big names in the music industry. His song landed number 25 overall in the music list. It’s something that he takes pride in and grateful for all those who helped him reach his goals.
Roque is an epitome of real icon-in-the-making. His efforts may be small to the rest of the big-time music icons, but his love for his brand of music did not just limit him to the local audience but brought him to the world instead.
Growing up, Sophia Bianca De Vera‘s companion was the karaoke as her family loves to sing together as their past time and even in parties.
Back then, she describes herself as shy and stiff whenever she gets to perform in an audience. But her voice coach, Annie Quintos of the singing group called The Company.
De Vera chose to celebrate her debut, not in a lavish party but held a meet-and-greet with the selected members of the press to launch her single In Love’s Eyes instead. The medals she bagged at the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) last year were the validation of her pursuing a singing career.
She considers singing as her Personal Legend. A Personal Legend is about pursuing someone’s desire and passion to live a great purpose.
The universe conspired with Sophia Bianca as she met Grammy awardee, Gerard McMann and who now known as G Tom Mac. The latter composed her single. The single is a validation of all the things that she has worked on since her first contest on GMA-7‘s Eat Bulaga segment Music Hero.
As a young artist, she aspires to achieve the success of two artists Alicia Keys and as well as Asia’s Nightingale Lani Misalucha.
On July 11, Sophia Bianca flies back to the US to perform at the opening of WCOPA in Los Angeles County. Also, she will be shooting her music video in New York as well.
Listen to her song now on Spotify.
It has been Avon Rosales’s long time dream to make a comeback but this time it’s for her first love, and that is singing. Recently, she launched her single titled Hawak, which was Lexian Losley Avestruz, her aspiring director-friend.
According to Rosales’s, the core concept was Avestruz’s, both of them developed it through and along the process of its production, it was originally intended by the composer to make the song as a worship hymn until they both agreed that since they wanted to penetrate the mainstream audience–it evolved into an inspirational piece.
The song has become even more personal and its message can be relatable to a bigger audience.
Though its original intention is to highlight the Heavenly Father, which explains the title, which means grip in English or simply depicts the strong bond of God the Father toward His Son.
“I intently dedicate the song to both our parents whom can only give us that unconditional love in this world [perhaps similar if not close to the great love of our Father in heaven].”
She further highlighted that she used the father figure in the music video because she wanted to stress the authority and responsibility that the fathers in the world have.
As an artist and as a person, she described her life’s experiences are very similar to the relationship she has toward her father as what was depicted in the music video. She admitted that when she was still in her teenage years, she once took for granted the love of her parents.
“There was a time that I rebelled and I thought my friends or even my boyfriend were more important than my parents as to the point of becoming disobedient.
“But life makes it a point that humans (including me) had to go through lessons in the forms of trials or challenges. But what’s hard to face and bear is the fact that people change, but in the end, there are those people who will never leave but choose to remain by their sides.
“The message I also wanted to send out to the youth, to love their parents.”
Avon also revealed that the father-and-daughter relationship that was highlighted in the music video has semblance to her relationship with her father. The only difference is that her father is not a single dad because she still has a mom, too.
In fact, the music video has kind of reminded the time when she was heart-broken and she sought refuge in the arms of her dad. She hugged him. What she wanted to convey as well is that–children must not fail to express their love toward their parents.
Hawak is a pop rock track that is published through Viva Music Publishing Incorporated.
It is out via Spotify and all digital platforms. Its music video is also out on Viva Records Youtube Channel. Come June 28, Rosales’s second single will be released also under Viva Records titled Until Now. Two more songs will follow suit to be released Chances (Viva Records) and Maghihintay (Star Music) feat. by Lance Edward.