Born to a Spanish father and a Spanish-Filipina mother during the first half of the 20th century, Luis Eduardo Aute was an accomplished painter, film director, singer and composer. Though a true renaissance man in all art forms, his true calling was music, having first written for other artists and later performing his own songs. With hits in many Spanish speaking countries around the world, he is regarded as one of the greatest and most accomplished Spanish artists of his time.
For many budding artists, putting together one cohesive debut album is already a pretty daunting task. From having to create a story from songs to making sure they all flow together, a full-length album entails a lot of work. Genre-defying act Cheat Codes, however, chose to make their mark in the music world with not just one, not just two, but three albums that tell one story.
With careful, deliberate lyrics and earnest, folksy tunes, Chad Price has accumulated multiple national/international TV sync deals and millions of streams on Spotify. Known for his ability to turn vulnerability into hits that really hit in the feels, Chad’s newest song, “Broken Open”, celebrates “brokenness.”
According to the Ontario-based singer-songwriter, “Broken Open” took its inspiration from his decision to “go inward and acknowledge the pain.”
Born to a Lebanese immigrant father and American mother, Bazzi and his dad moved to California during his senior year where he single-handedly wrote and produced a series of viral smashes like “Alone” and “Beautiful,” earning millions of worldwide streams and top 10 placement on a variety of influential playlists. Now armed with what he describes as his “most personal song yet”, Bazzi exhibits a more revealing side of himself.
Although he seemed to have suddenly appeared in the music scene with his breakthrough song “Empty House”, Abe Parker is no newcomer to the music scene. Having written and produced for the likes of Marc E Bassy, David Kushner, Lecrae, Crowder, Social Club Misfits and Jaylon Ashaun, he already had quite the repertoire. However, his new single, “Butterflies” marks the first time that the Atlanta-based singer-songwriter takes on the role of the artist.
Prior to the pandemic, music was just a hobby for 25-year old Tai Verdes (born Tyler Colon), who was working in Los Angeles as “an essential worker” in a phone store. Then all of a sudden, his song, “Stuck in the Middle” with its playful and engaging tempo became a big hit on TikTok.
As a platform that encourages diversity, Spotify is certainly no stranger to seeing content creators from all walks of life, particularly women creators. So in honor of International Women’s Day, Spotify celebrates Filipina artists, creators and listeners with fresh content through the #PinayPowerInAudio, the flagship International Women’s Day campaign. Held last March 7 and hosted by Joyce Pring of the Adulting with Joyce Pring podcast, the panel touches on the importance of gender representation, as well as tips on how to break new grounds in the music and podcasts space, and its importance to the fabric of Pinoy culture and creativity.
First developed as a way to preserve pork, bacon has become a much-beloved staple across the globe. From being served with eggs during breakfast or having it with rice, bacon is as versatile as it is delicious. And now, it has been reimagined as tasty, on-the-go snacks for the modern age by Filipino-grown brand Baken.
Since her standout music scene debut in 2017 with her version of “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, Angelina Cruz has established her ability to capture her listeners’ hearts with her soulful vocals. Her stripped-back cover of “Hanggang Kailan” by Orange and Lemons back in 2018 also became a standout hit, now with over 10 million streams on Spotify and counting. Now armed with an original song, “Ayoko Lang”, Angelina uses her newfound range to talk about struggling to heal and move on.
Growing up in the countryside amongst a tightly knit community, Holly Humberstone always drew artistic inspiration from the world around her. However, when she moved to London to pursue her music career, she found herself alone in an ocean of strange people and even stranger sights.
Talent runs in Alexa Ilacad’s family. As a scion of the famous Ilacad family known for their involvement in shaping numerous musical artists and also later producing films that did very well in the box office, it comes as no surprise that Alexa has become a sought after singer and actress.
Singing in a completely different language is certainly a challenge. One has to take note of the pronunciation and accent of the target language in addition to the tune of the song. So when singer and TikTok sensation Just Stef found out that a lot of her fans came from the Southeast Asian region, she decided that singing in Tagalog was a challenge she could take on.
In the study conducted by Lenovo titled “Future of Work and Digital Transformation study”, it was revealed that 70% of employees around the world feel higher job satisfaction at home. Additionally, 56% of them also stated that they feel more productive working from home. As such, it is clear that even as the world goes back to normal, some people will still opt to work from the comfort of their own homes.
For many artists, music is a way to vent out their emotions. Through their craft, they are able to capture their raw emotions and make others feel something. Music can also be used to advocate, with many artists using their platforms to either raise awareness or to protest certain issues.
After the rise of such movements such as the #MeToo movement and #HijaAko in our own shores, it is clear that the current wave of feminism is pushing back against outdated ideals of how a woman should behave and dress. Known as the fourth-wave of Feminism, it is defined by Bustle in a 2015 article as “queer, sex-positive, trans-inclusive, body-positive, and digitally driven.” As such, it comes as no surprise that many female artists of this generation have included this message into their art.