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New music by stars in the making

By Pauline Songco, Staff Writer

Shortly after adding young singer and songwriter Moira dela Torre to their roster of fresh talents, there’s no stopping ABS–CBN’s record label Star Music in introducing more promising artists to their already impressive portfolio.
Set to bring in fresh Filipino pop tunes are theater actor JC Santos, Filipino-Japanese singer Natsumi Saito, acoustic singer Migz Haleco, singing duo Miko and Gab from Pinoy Boyband Superstar and online sensation Agsunta band.
Popularly known as an actor, JC Santos has been waiting for the right time to practice singing in between his busy schedules. “I really want to do it,” JC said.
“I came back from New York in 2015. I worked at Disneyland and Universal Studios in 2010. Then I tried Hongkong Disneyland before going to New York. That was five years,” he shared.
JC has been taking voice lessons twice a month since November last year after sealing a record deal with Star Music.
“It is all because of my grandfather who loves to sing Beatles songs,” recalled JC.
Although most people know him from his theater performances, JC wanted people to know that he has a musical side of him waiting to be discovered. He recently released his first single “Pwede Naman” composed by Gabriel Tagadtad and produced by Kiko Salazar. His self-titled debut album was launched on February 18 at Robinsons Place Manila.
From being a 12-year old kid with singing skills that impressed Coach Bamboo, Natsumi Saito really has gone a long way. Her carrier single “Para Lang Sa ’Yo” was released last October, alongside her self-titled debut album which comprises six tracks. During the press conference held by Star Music, she shared that her album will also be available in Japan soon.
Dubbed as the acoustic bae, Migz Haleco released his latest single under Star Music entitled “‘Pag Ika’y Nagmahal.”
“The process of writing songs is difficult most especially if you’re not sure what would be the outcome. For me, I just trusted the producers,” Migz said.
Currently part of ASAP’s Jambayan, Migz was the interpreter of “Bes” one of the song finalists in Himig Handog 2017. Aside from his new single, Migz did a special Valentine’s concert with co-label artist Agsunta Band at Teatrino Promenade Greenhills.
The singing duo, Miko and Gab, the tandem behind the song “Hugot” have joined the Star Music family as well. The two met as contestants in Pinoy Boyband Superstar in 2016 and was immediately managed by Asian Artists Agency led by King of Talk Boy Abunda.
Popular online for their covers and jam sessions, Agsunta will continue to make their own music after signing with Star Music. The group, composed of Jireh Singson, Mikel Arevalo, Josh Planas and Stephen Arevalo, plans on creating more original songs following the success of their latest carrier single “‘Di Ba Halata.”
“That is our goal from the start. We started from gigs to reach an audience and to gather listeners while doing covers,” the band said.
Star Music plans on releasing three to four singles per artist, so people can expect that there will be new music from them in the coming months.
“We will not stop discovering new breed of talents; they are the ones who injects so much energy in the industry,” said Jonathan Manalo, audio content head of Star Music. “There needs to be a succession bench. You have to know who will be the next icons. Our discovery of new talents is never ending. Just at the same every time we launch an artist, we look at the variety of sounds that they can offer and at the same time their authenticity as an artist. So we’re extremely proud of this batch that we are presenting to you because they have true, authentic and real talent.”

For more details on the new artists, visit satrmusic.ph, like Star Music on facebook.com/starmusicph, Twitter and Instagram at @StarMusicPH.

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