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Charice making One Voices’ dream a reality

I’m so excited to share the video Charice made for the One Voice students! In the video she talks about how it is an honour and a privilege to be an inspiration to young singers.

I hope it inspires people to keep dreaming!

Thank you to past and current One Voice students for their continued support and belief!

In 2010, my students made a YouTube Video to meet Charice! Many people shared our video and supported us including Lea Salonga! Because of this, the video went viral among Charice’s fans. I would have never thought that it would happen but it’s finally coming true after 4 yrs!!!

A special thanks to Cheers E Australia for making this happen!

Please share if you believe that dreams can come true.

Here is the original video One Voice made.  This was when Charice was in Glee hence the Sunshine Corazon costumes and glasses. The video has now over 27,000 hits.

Tell us what dream has come true for you?

 

 

THE ONE VOICE OF JENNIFER PAIGE

During my visit to the USA in 2013,  I met with Jennifer Paige. She invited us to come to her Christmas gig at Orchard Supply Hardware store in Yorba Linda, CA. Being the Voice in their recent Jingle,  Jen had numerous Christmas gigs for the company. She was also promoting her wonderful Christmas album.

Excuse the blurry photo. We had actually just arrive in LA that afternoon and headed straight to the gig hence the piece of luggage Christian was holding!

Christian, Tina & Jennifer Paige

Christian, Tina & Jennifer Paige

“I see you blowin me a kiss… it doesn’t take a scientist… to understand what’s goin on…baby….”

I bet those lyrics just rolled off your tongue…(it’s just like riding a bike but in the singing sense). 

“Crush” was the song you needed up your sleeves, if you were in the Sydney Cover band scene 12 years ago!   Many singers have agreed that they found themselves quiet clever just being able to string the words together…it was a wonderful song to sing and I fondly remember it being heavily requested during my gigs.

I am so honoured to have Jennifer Paige as our special guest artist.  Jen generously shares her music industry experiences in the hope of inspiring our One Voice students and budding performers!  It’s also the day of her new project release. 

 

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  • Tell us what you have been up to since your hit song “Crush”?

After my debut release, my album went gold/platinum in 16 countries and I toured the world for two years. I came back to Los Angeles to record my 2nd album, Positively Somewhere. Again, more touring; and, the recording of my 3rd album, Best Kept Secret. My most recent release was last December with my first Christmas record, Holiday.  I’ve been fortunate enough to continue making records and to also sing on many behind the scenes projects for films like Autumn in New York, Simply Irrisistible and Smart People and lots of tv shows.  I’ve been the voice of countless advertising campaigns, most recently, Overstock.com; and I’ve written songs for other artists, including the bands York and Smashmouth. A lot has happened in the years following my first single, “Crush”. I’m always grateful for the opportunities that come my way, and every new accomplishment is a reminder to keep walking in the direction of my dreams.

  • When did you know you wanted to make singing your career and how did it come about?

I’ve known since I was a little girl – maybe 5 years old, or so. It became more serious for me in High School. I did many talent shows and was accepted into the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts. After school I went on the road with a band and eventually moved to Los Angeles to pursue my dreams of becoming a recording artist. I sang for anyone who would listen. I sang in local bands and sang demos for many local songwriters, including hit-songwriter Andy Goldmark. We ended up making my first record together. It was a very natural process. No one could’ve predicted I would have my first record deal within a year of moving to L.A.  Fate, luck – who knows?

  • What is the best advice you can give a young singer who wants to make a career in music?

Sing anywhere & everywhere. Family events, church, talent shows, auditions, learn to play an instrument, join a band, begin writing poems and lyrics. If you don’t play an instrument, don’t stress – that’s why we co-write. Best advice I can give you: When your big break comes, be ready. 🙂

  • Where does your inspiration for songwriting or singing  come from?

Every day life, people. nature, a great story, movies!

  • Do you take singing lessons or any sort of training?

I sing quite a bit in songwriting sessions & recording sessions so that keeps my voice in shape. I think it’s a great idea to contunue lessons, no matter what level of ability you have; but, if I’m honest, I haven’t made the time for lessons in a very long time. I am pretty aware of my vocal strengths and weaknesses, and I always try be well prepared for recording. Even something simple like drinking hot tea with honey and warming up my voice on the drive to the studio can make all the difference.

  • What are your future plans?

I’m gearing up to release my latest with my duo, Paige & Palermo – Stay EP releases on June 4, 2013

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  • How did you develop your new sound?

Other than a duet with Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys, and a couple of international collaborations, I’ve worked as a solo artist.  Paige & Palermo is myself and a talented artist named Coury Palermo. We co-created this new sound while writing the songs and experimenting with different styles. Our style is very much a combination of both of our solo styles – that produced a somewhat moody, singer/songwriter infused Pop.

  • What advice would you give a parent who has a child interested in making a career in Music?

Pray.  A lot.  It aint for the faint of heart.  That’s what my parents would say… 😉

  • Best advice anyone has ever given you?

Know who you are as an artist. No one has the time or the energy to figure that out for you.

Once again! Thank you for reading and contributing to the conversation! We love to hear from you…

If you liked this post or inspired by Jen let us know by commenting below.
Tell us 3 things that you will do this month to help you reach your dream of becoming a better singer!
Musically yours! Tina xo
 
You can purchase Paige and Palermo album – Stay at the iTunes link below.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/stay-ep/id647856281

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Protecting Original Music through APR

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AN INTERVIEW WITH ANN VIOLATA FROM SBS FILIPINO RADIO!

I hope you enjoy listening to it.

Ann Violata from SBS FIlipino Radio asks how can these original songs sung and written by people in the music industry be protected especially here in Australia?

The song features my original song called One Voice co-written by Singer/songwriter Van Sereno.

Please be aware that most of the interview is in Tagalog although my answers are in English.

If you have any questions about APRA or songwriting please leave a comment or email me.  I would love to connect!

Tina 🙂

 

THE ONE VOICE OF MR. RYAN CAYABYAB

My parents were lucky enough to Host Mr. C and his wonderful band members-Krina (Keyboardist), Juarde (Drummer), Dave (Bass guitar) & Junji (guitarist) during the RCS Australian tour in Sydney at Castle Hill,  November 13th 2009.

I found Mr. C so humble and down to earth. He is an Icon in the Philippines, a living legend who has greatly influenced and shaped Filipino music and culture.

The concert was Amazing!  The RCS (Ryan Cayabyab Singers) voices blended beautifully yet individually had their own unique sounds, style and tones that made their solo parts captivating.

Apart from their voices the simple and effective choreography was top-notch.  Their coordinated costumes looked so stylish and oozed elegant simplicity.

 

 

I finally got the courage to ask Mr. C if he could answer a few questions for my blog.  Hope you all enjoy his answers.  I certainly did.

HI there Tina. I will try to answer your questions as best as I can.

But before that, I wish to thank you and most specially your dad and Mom for taking us into your house, I worry much though because I think we made such a mess of your otherwise clean and well-kept house!!!!

Your mom cooks very well, and both your mom and dad are so much fun to talk and exchange stories with.

Here are my answers:

 

1. Your daughter Krina toured with you in Sydney and is part of your band.  How did you introduce her to music and at what age? And what did you do to help encourage her to pursue her music career.

Krina had seen me do my work (arranging, writing new music) at the piano since she could walk, or since she could remember. We noticed that she already had a good ear as a kid, she was in tune every time she sings and her natural tones were always ‘placed’ – no chest tones, no throaty sounds emanated from her as a kid, she had a naturally placed voice. We let her take piano lessons as soon as she turned three (same with my son) because as music educators, both Emmy (my wife) and I believe that early music education helps children grow up to become good, productive citizens – of course this does not manifest itself immediately, but as the person grows, because the discipline instilled in learning a musical skill is deeply ingrained. We have seen it in Krina; we also see it in Toma (our 18 year old son).

Discipline here doesn’t mean a certain rigidity in time and schedules, and in the military sense of discipline but more of a natural learning mechanism or method that supports the adage ‘pratice makes perfect’.

We all know what it means when we say practice makes perfect. But the end effect of this mantra is that the result makes for a satisfying feeling, a reward in itself.

We did not push Krina into a music career, it was her own decision. Let me give you an example of how we tried to discourage her early on.

When she was in grade school she wanted so much to join their year level singing competitions. We told her not to join – not because we just didn’t want her to join, but because she wouldn’t win this kind of competitions. Singing competitions in our country always focuses on the ‘birit’ or power singing – the louder and the higher the voice, the better the chance of winning. She wouldn’t win in this competition because Krina’s natural voice is not loud, and although hers was a soprano range, her voice quality was crystalline – pure and cherubic!

One day she came home from school (she was in grade two) she was crying so hard and we asked her why. She said she joined the singing competition (without our knowledge) and she didn’t win. It was such a heartbreaking moment. I think she was crying more because we told her before not to join any singing competition…

She joined again the next year. She lost again. But by the time she was in Grade 4 or 5, she finally won! Hurray! But we never knew how she did it, because we never encouraged her anyway! (We surmised that 1. Her main competitors in the past didn’t join any more; 2. She picked a better song to sing; 3. Her personality is such that she doesn’t stop until she gets what she wants…and that practice makes perfect)

Today she heads an all female jazz trio as music director, arranger and lead soprano. They do gigs in various music outlets – pubs, corporate events, and university functions. Plus, she will march next year

With a bachelor’s degree in music, major in choral conducting, summa cum laude at the University of the Philippines College of Music.

Did we influence her? Not consciously, but more like she imbibed it naturally – just by listening and observing. Just the way I did it as a child living in a house with ten lady boarders taking up music, and with a mother who was an opera singer (my dad wasn’t musical at all!), and with siblings who love to sing and play music.

2.  What advice can you give to parents who want to introduce music to their children?

From the above (answer to #1) – it should be evident that either one of the parents must love music, must indulge in it, must be involved with music making, or must be a music lover of the first degree. When young children are taught music via the Suzuki method; the parents are required to do follow through exercises at home.

But I have heard other musicians who grew up with parents who are not musical at all. Life is a mystery.

3.  Are there any reading resources or music that you would recommend to any parent, singing teacher or performer?

None that I can think of at the moment. But I think parents should research on music methods that they can be comfortable with for their children.

By the way, my two children attended a pre-school that had a very strong music program, involving various music education methods (Kodaly, Orff, etc) and very active music teachers who were very influential in shaping their musical skills. (By the way, Emmy and I never attempted to teach our children piano or voice – they had to be taught by other teachers in our music school. Eventually, our son Toma learned not only piano, but also voice, drums and guitar. He is not going to be a musician but his training in music will be a source of inspiration, or a source from where he can relate to abstract structures vis a vis every-day routines and realities)

4.  What are you listening to on your Ipod or CD player at the moment?

None. I try not to listen to as much music as possible because as a music writer, it is difficult not to be influenced by what one hears. I did listen much to music before, through my formative, educational years. A lot of classical or serious music is inside my head and when I listen to them being played I connect right away. Same with other genres of music.

5. You mentioned in your Sydney concert that your last composition was your tribute to “Vegemite” for your Australian tour-which was perfect by the way-do you have any more plans to compose more songs in the near future?

I regularly write music for recordings, commercials, institutional, film, TV and theater. The experience I had tasting vegemite inspired me to write the song. It is supposed to be a novelty song.

6. Now that you have arrived home from Sydney, What is your next project?

I have a concert with Piolo Pascual (a Filipino multi-media artist) on Nov. 28, and the ABS-CBN annual Christmas Specials on Dec. 11. There are other gigs and commissions in between. That means a lot of writing

music materials, rehearsing, rehearsing, rehearsing…until we perfect the songs.

And lucky last

7. What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

Be the best in whatever you do, be an authority – and everything else follows. (And to be the best, one has to learn the ropes, learn everything about your career choice…plus, you must love what it is you are doing)

Again, thanks for the hospitality and give my best to Mom, Dad, Rob and Christian.

Mr.C

 

Thank you Mr. C for your inspiration and for bringing beautiful music into our lives!

Were you inspired too? Leave a comment below

 

Musically yours Tina