Thursday, August 17, 2017

“I Love OPM’s” Grand Touristar and newly-minted Star Music artist Yohan Hwang proves how much he loves the Philippines

Korean by blood, Filipino at heart

“I Love OPM’s” Grand Touristar and newly-minted Star Music artist Yohan Hwang proves how much he loves the Philippines

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As long and winding as Yohan Hwang’s road to releasing his eponymous album was, it doesn’t seem like it’ll take him long to become a bona fide star.

‘Yohan Hwang’
The new album is composed of nine radio-ready tracks bound to earn a place on many a music lover’s playlist. Also, it doesn’t hurt that he can work a crowd like it’s nobody’s business.
When he met with the press at the album launch last July 25, Yohan won them over easily with his charm and, of course, his impeccable singing voice – both of which helped him win on ABS-CBN’s televised singing contest “I Love OPM” in 2016.
As one of Yohan’s prizes was a record deal with Star Music, he spent some time in recording studios after his big win, working on new material under the supervision of producer Rox Santos.
Eventually, Yohan released two versions of the Sugarfree original “Wag Ka Nang Umiyak” – one in Filipino and another in Korean. Both were released on Spotify and other digital music platforms fairly quickly, but his fans had to wait a year and a half for his album to drop.


                                     Rox Santos (Over All Album Producer) & Yohan Hwang


“Nagustuhan nina Sir Roxy Liquigan and Tita Malou Santos ng Star Music ’yung ginawa naming pag-translate ng isang OPM song into Korean. Kaya naisip nila na gawing ganu’n ang concept ng magiging album ni Yohan. OPM songs lahat, but bawat track may Filipino at Korean versions. Medyo natagalan lang ’yung pag-release dahil sa schedule ni Yohan,” explained Rox, who added that Yohan took charge of adapting the OPM songs himself.



    Rox Santos (Over All Album Producer) & Yohan Hwang


“Binigyan nila ako ng Filipino songs which I translated into English. Then I asked some professional Korean songwriters for help. Fifty-fifty kami. We did real collaboration work,” Yohan said. “It was also like that when it came to choosing the songs that would be part of the album. I picked half and the other half were songs recommended to me by Star Music.”
“Sabi ni Yohan sa akin at the time na walang direct translation ang ibang Filipino words sa English or Korean,” shared Rox. “So sinigurado nila ng mga tumulong sa kanya mag-translate na kahit hindi direct translation ang ginawa nila, na-capture pa rin nila ’yung essence nu’ng original.”
Yohan is full-blooded Korean, but he’s fluent enough in Filipino to translate OPM hits into English. Yohan picked up the language in the three years he spent pursuing a degree in Education at La Salle College Antipolo.




     Rox Santos (Over All Album Producer) & Yohan Hwang

    Rox Santos (Over All Album Producer) & Yohan Hwang


    Rox Santos (Over All Album Producer) & Yohan Hwang

    Rox Santos (Over All Album Producer) & Yohan Hwang


    Rox Santos (Over All Album Producer) & Yohan Hwang

“My Dad is a Christian missionary. He invited me to come here for a vacation and dinala niya ako sa Antipolo. Nagandahan ako sa lugar kaya I decided to stay here. Nu’ng pumasok ako sa college, tinuruan ako ng mga kaklase ko kumanta ng Filipino songs, like ‘Ako’y Sa’Yo, Ika’y Akin.’ When they heard me sing, they encouraged me to keep singing. They told me I should join a contest, which is why I auditioned for ‘I Love OPM,’” he said. “I didn’t expect that I would become a singer in this country. When I look back on my journey, I feel happy and thankful.”
Yohan isn’t the first Korean to establish a career in the Philippine showbiz scene. But he says he’s nothing like Ryan Bang and Sandara Park.


    Rox Santos (Over All Album Producer) & Yohan Hwang

“I’m looking forward to doing another album under Star Music after this one. OPM singer ako. I think I’m the first Korean OPM singer sa Pilipinas. Ryan is a comedian. Puro comedy ang ginagawa niya sa ‘Banana Sundae’ and ‘It’s Showtime.’ Si Sandara naman was more of an actress when she was based here. Magkaka-iba talaga kaming tatlo.”
His “I Love OPM” stint was actually his second attempt at stardom. When he was younger, he tried and failed to join a singing competition in Korea. He’s still open to having a career over there, but for now he says his focus is mostly on growing his fanbase in the Philippines.
Aside from releasing music by himself, Yohan hopes to work with OPM legends Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, and Ogie Alcasid someday. He looks forward to collaborating with Bugoy Drilon, Jona and Morissette.
Yohan’s album – which features Filipino and Korean versions of the songs “Ikaw,” “Kung Ako Na Lang Sana,” “You’ve Made Me Stronger,” and “Mahal Ko O Mahal Ako” – is already available for streaming on all digital music platforms in the Philippines. It’s also set to drop on Melon, South Korea’s biggest online music store, a fact that will go a long way towards helping him make a name there.
        Rox Santos (Over All Album Producer) & Yohan Hwang



“Posible po ’yun, lalo na po ’pag lumabas na sa Melon ’yung mga singles niya. Meron po tayong mga digital plans and marketing para mas ma-push natin ’yung songs niya sa Korea,” Rox revealed.
“Maybe I can go back and forth from Korea to Manila, like Sandara does. Honestly, I had an offer to guest in a Korean show, last year pa, medyo matagal na. But I was very busy then so I had to turn the offer down. Pero someday, maybe I’ll get the chance to do something like that,” Yohan shared.
That said, Yohan is becoming more and more Filipino every day. He’s proof that one doesn’t need to have Filipino blood to love the Philippines. At his album launch, he expressed his desire to become a member of the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), the country’s leading and most respected group of Filipino professional singers.
“Why not?” he asked. “Even though Korean ako, pwede naman siguro akong sumali doon. Pusong Pinoy kasi talaga ako.”



    Rox Santos (Over All Album Producer) & Yohan Hwang



    Roque Santos (Over All Album Producer) & Yohan Hwang


    Roque Santos (Over All Album Producer) & Yohan Hwang


    Roque Santos (Over All Album Producer) & Yohan Hwang


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    Roque Santos (Over All Album Producer) & Yohan Hwang


    Roque Santos (Over All Album Producer) & Yohan Hwang

    Roque Santos (Over All Album Producer) & Yohan Hwang


    Roque Santos (Over All Album Producer) & Yohan Hwang


   Rox Santos (Over All Album Producer) & Yohan Hwang


   Rox Santos (Over All Album Producer) & Yohan Hwang


   Rox Santos (Over All Album Producer) & Yohan Hwang


  Rox Santos (Over All Album Producer) & Yohan Hwang


    Roque Santos (Over All Album Producer) & Yohan Hwang

    Roque Santos (Over All Album Producer) & Yohan Hwang



    Roque Santos (Over All Album Producer) & Yohan Hwang


   Roque Santos (Over All Album Producer) & Yohan Hwang

Monday, June 5, 2017

KAYE CAL SOARS FOR HER BREAKTHROUGH ALBUM UNDER STAR MUSIC

From Pilipinas Got Talent to We Love OPM, Kaye Cal has come a long way and is now ready to unleash her acoustic soul as she launches her first solo album under Star Music.
Kaye initially went mainstream as the lead vocalist of Ezra Band, a Pilipinas Got Talent Season 1 grand finalist. She has eventually emerged as a solo performer, doing covers in her YouTube channel, recording singles for Star Music’s OPM Fresh and Himig Handog, and being part of Nyoy Volante’s team in We Love OPM.
Kaye’s self-titled album has nine tracks with two originals, three covers and four bonus hits. She composed the two original songs, “Rosas” and “Mahal Ba Ako ng Mahal Ko.”
This album also includes some of her popular covers like all-time OPM favorites “Why Can’t It Be”, “Ikaw Lang”, and a song collaboration with Maya and Michael Pangilinan, “Kung Ako Na Lang Sana”.
It features bonus tracks such as her greatest hits “Walang Iba”, a song originally sung by Ezra Band, and “Isang Araw”, her single under Star Music’s OPM Fresh album compilation.
Kaye’s song “Nyebe”, part of Himig Handog’s P-Pop Love Songs for 2016, is also part of the album alongside “Give Me a Chance”, a single included in the successful soundtrack of the TV series, Til I Met You.



Kaye Cal and Rox Santos Of StarMusic (Over All Album Producer) - During the album PressCon and launch at ABsCBN


 Kaye Cal and Rox Santos Of StarMusic (Over All Album Producer) - During the album PressCon and launch at ABsCBN


Kaye Cal and Rox Santos Of StarMusic (Over All Album Producer) - During the album PressCon and launch at ABsCBN

Kaye Cal and Rox Santos Of StarMusic (Over All Album Producer) - During the album PressCon and launch at ABsCBN

Kaye Cal and Rox Santos Of StarMusic (Over All Album Producer) - During the album PressCon and launch at ABsCBN
 Kaye Cal and Rox Santos Of StarMusic (Over All Album Producer) - During the album PressCon and launch at ABsCBN

Her songs in this album will surely become romantic hits as what the singer-guitarist has achieved in her previous acoustic covers.
Kaye, who hails from Davao del Sur, is a proud lesbian and member of the LGBT community. She has been making waves in the music industry with her soulful and uniquely ‘masculine’ singing voice.
Kaye Cal, produced by Rox Santos, is available at all record bars nationwide for only P199. Digital tracks may be downloaded on online music stores such as iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify.


Rox Santos (Album Producer) & Kaye Cal


Kaye Cal and Rox Santos Of StarMusic (Over All Album Producer) - During the album PressCon and launch at ABsCBN

Kaye Cal and Rox Santos Of StarMusic (Over All Album Producer) - During the album PressCon and launch at ABsCBN
 Kaye Cal and Rox Santos Of StarMusic (Over All Album Producer) - During the album PressCon and launch at ABsCBN

 Kaye Cal and Rox Santos Of StarMusic (Over All Album Producer) - During the album PressCon and launch at ABsCBN


Kaye Cal and Rox Santos Of StarMusic (Over All Album Producer) - During the album PressCon and launch at ABsCBN


Rox Santos (Album Producer)

Rox Santos (Album Producer)


Dagdag paliwanag ni Rox kung bakit natagalan magkaroon ng album si Kaye:
“Noong time kasi ng 2013, pino-produce ko ‘yung album ni Daniel Padilla na DJP, may isang song kasi ro’n na sinulat si Kaye noon sa PGT na Walang Iba, ipinarinig at ipinagawa namin iyon kay Daniel.
“Si Sir Roxy (Liquigan) na head ng Star Music ay tinatanong niya kung nasaan na si Kaye kasi we’re trying to license the song. ‘Tapos ‘pinahanap siya ni sir Roxy kasi naniniwala talaga sa kanya, gandang-ganda talaga si Sir Roxy sa boses niya, hanapin daw namin at si Jonathan ang nakahanap sa kanya.
“So kung papayag siyang ipa-license ‘yung kanta niya for Daniel, isabay nang i-meeting for certain projects na papasok sa kanya. So doon namin pinasok sa OPM hits na Isang Araw, hanggang sa nagtuluy-tuloy na at naging finalist siya sa Himig Handog and then pumasok sa We Love OPM and we decided na gawan na siya ng solo album, so iyon ang kuwento niya.”


 Kaye Cal and Rox Santos Of StarMusic (Over All Album Producer) - During the album PressCon and launch at ABsCBN

Kaye Cal and Rox Santos Of StarMusic (Over All Album Producer) - During the album PressCon and launch at ABsCBN

Roque Santos (Kaye Cal's Over All Album Producer)


Roque Santos (Kaye Cal's Over All Album Producer)


Rox Santos (Kaye Cal's Over All Album Producer)



The Press during Kaye Cal's Album PressCon

 Kaye Cal and Rox Santos Of StarMusic (Over All Album Producer) - During the album PressCon and launch at ABsCBN

 

Kaye Cal and Rox Santos Of StarMusic (Over All Album Producer) - During the album PressCon and launch at ABsCBN


Kaye Cal and Rox Santos Of StarMusic (Over All Album Producer) - During the album PressCon and launch at ABsCBN

Kaye Cal and Rox Santos Of StarMusic (Over All Album Producer) - During the album PressCon and launch at ABsCBN


The Press during Kaye Cal's Album PressCon




The Press during Kaye Cal's Album PressCon

Kaye Cal and Rox Santos Of StarMusic (Over All Album Producer) - During the album PressCon and launch at ABsCBN