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This episode is different from our normal podcast structure. It was a recording of Marlisa’s press conference held in Sydney.
Marlisa dives into the songwriting process and inspiration of her new album I am Brave.
I ask her the question I ask all my guests “What does One Voice can change the world mean to you?” also she shares why she thinks Filipinos are great at singing and how can budding singers improve their singing voice.
She is later joined with Taylor Henderson and Makisig Morales who will bring another fun dimension to Marlisa’s concert on the 17th of August 2019 held at Blacktown Workers Club brought to you by MENM Productions.
“At the age of only 15, Marlisa stole hearts all over the world during her journey on The X Factor Australia 2014. With a voice to challenge some of the greatest divas Australia has ever produced, it came as no surprise when this sweet Australian/Filipino teenager was victorious in the finale episode. Both likeable and talented, Marlisa has gone from strength to strength since being crowned the youngest X-Factor Winner in the show’s history. Despite her youth, Marlisa is a seasoned performer.
She began singing at a very young age, and quickly followed up performing at events, charity concerts and eisteddfods, impressing local audiences along the way. “I was actually performing alongside my brother, who plays piano, since I was around three years old. My grandmother said she thought I had a real talent and suggested to my parents that they continue to encourage and support me. From then on I used to perform at birthday parties and Christmas parties, and that led onto charity events and competitions.”
Eager – and destined – to audition for the The X Factor, she was previously held back by the minimum age restriction and waited patiently until she was 14. Within months of her audition she was performing in front of industry giants John Legend and her mentor Ronan Keating in New York, dueting on stage with her idol Jessica Mauboy, and winning Australian audiences over with her adorable and endearing presence.
After signing with Sony Music Australia, Marlisa released new music which immediately topped the charts. Her debut single “Stand By You” was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2015 ARIA Awards and was certified Platinum selling over 70,000 copies. The success of the single was followed up with her self-titled album MARLISA(2014), which debuted at #6 on the ARIA albums chart and was also certified Gold.
In early 2018, Marlisa extended her international presence and signed with Star Music Phils (ABS-CBN) as well as Tarsier Records to join other Kapamilya stars. This was followed by the release of two of her new singles ‘Thank You’ and ‘Steel’ as part of her upcoming album release.”
I have had the honour to work with Marlisa, together with 3 other wonderful singers, Chelsea Castillo (Australia’s got Talent), Bernadette Marquez (All together now) and Mikee De Leon during Sharon Cuneta’s concert at the Evan Theatre, Penrith.
Photo credit: Craig Peihopa.
Here are some photos from the event taken by Bob Reyes.
What I mention in the intro:
David Pomeranz & Melissa Manchester concert 31st of May State Theatre