Upon its release, the track debuted at #1 on the iTunes Philippines all-genre chart, another record for Julie’s book, with her previous releases “Regrets,” “Breakthrough” album and it’s singles (“Tayong Dalawa” and “Nothing Left”) sharing the same success. The two artists were also featured as the cover of Spotify’s New Music Friday Philippines playlist.
Produced and written by OPM rock icon Rico Blanco, the track brings Julie into the shoes of the “third party” in someone else’s relationship, as it explores themes of forbidden love and longing for someone you can’t have. Aside from the unique point of view the singer-songwriter puts herself in for the first time, the music it is set to brings forth a unique mix of musical styles — featuring the Pinoy jukebox style of hugot, and putting some modern synth elements as well, resulting into a fresh yet familiar sound audiences would relate to.
Coming from a year of breakthroughs and heartaches, singer-songwriter Julie Anne San Jose returns with a brand new single that signifies a new chapter in her life.
Julie’s first album under Universal Records, “Breakthrough” broke the boundaries, with her change of sound and approach to her music. All of its singles (Nothing Left, Tayong Dalawa, Down For Me) and the album itself reached the top of the iTunes charts during their first day of release, with the song “Your Song (My One and Only)” also reaching 9 million streams and counting on Spotify.
This year, Julie is set to continue her stride with the release of her newest composition “Regrets.” The emotional song is a reflection of her experiences from the past year, may it be about her career or personal life.
Minutes after its release, the new single already reached the top spot on the iTunes Philippines All Genre and Pop Charts, continuing her streak of #1 hit singles, joining the likes of K-Pop groups BTS and Blackpink on top of the charts.
Breakthrough is Julie’s first album under Universal Records where she explores a different genre of music unheard from her previous releases. Prior to its release, the album’s featured singles ‘Nothing Left‘, her rendition of the Parokya ni Edgar classic ‘Your Song (My One and Only),’ her original song ‘Tayong Dalawa‘ and ‘Down for Me (featuring Fern.)’ all topped various charts as well.
My Guitar Princess is a 2018 Philippine television drama series broadcast by GMA Network. Directed by Nick Olanka, it stars Julie Anne San Jose, Gil Cuerva and Kiko Estrada. It premiered on May 7, 2018, replacing Ang Forever Ko’y Ikaw on the network’s noontime line up and worldwide on GMA Pinoy TV. The series concluded on July 13, 2018 with a total of 50 episodes.
Celina (played by Julie), a daughter of a house help became famous online as the “Guitar Princess”. Her mother was a former singer and was an employee of the Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines who had a Filipino wife and a son, Elton – Celina’s childhood friend. They will eventually meet again, when Elton comes across a video of the Guitar Princess and instantly becomes a fan.
Here are the songs on the viral videos of the Guitar Princess. Listen to the full songs available on:
Asia’s Pop Sweetheart Julie Anne San Jose has released a new album under GMA Records entitled, Chasing The Light. Even before the release of the album, her carrier single and one of several she penned in the album, “Naririnig Mo Ba”, has already topped the iTunes charts after its digital release in June. The song is about faith in love and the hope of feeling in love again, which anyone can relate to.
According to the Kapuso singer-actress, her album is closely similar to her recently released EP, Forever.
“Chasing The Light is more mature in the way na nag-evolve ‘yung genre. It’s different, kasi yung nauna kong albums with GMA Records, parang medyo ballad. I think my fans and I are on the same page when it comes to the kind of music I would make. I think they will like the album just how they liked my EPs,” Julie Anne relates.
Her latest album consists of several original songs and a revival, with Julie Anne’s writing the lyrics for two songs. She also collaborated with international rapper C-Tru, who has high regard for the Kapuso star’s talent. “As a Filipino-American with deep roots in the Philippines, it is an honor to collaborate with talented local artists such as Julie Anne. It’s amazing to be able to connect the Filipino culture here in the U.S. with my kababayan back home through the universal language of music,” C-Tru claims.
This single revolves around an important social issue that rarely gets heard in the radio airwaves these days–and that is the alarming increase of crime happening every single day in our country. This said growing concern was brilliantly addressed in “Dedma.” Anyone can relate with the topic discussed in this single as it would seem that criminals have become so brazen that it does not matter if you are young or old, rich or poor, they just don’t give a damn. For them everyone is fair game as long as they get what they want.
As citizens of the Philippines, we are all “witness” to these heinous criminal acts happening at a disturbing rate each time we tune in to the news, whether it is by watching television, scanning websites, and reading broadsheets. In fact, it has become so bad that almost every single one of us knows someone or is related to a person who has become a victim of crime in one way or another.
It is worth mentioning that Julie Anne San Jose and Abra composed “Dedma.” I can tell this joint effort was planned out in a relatively short amount of time given their own busy schedules. However, that they themselves were the songwriters for “Dedma” impressed me the most because as a music aficionado, I rely most on my sense of hearing. And when a song can get my full attention throughout its entire running time, then it is definitely well worth listening to.
Deeper is a good album. The prospects are good. It landed the No. 1 spot on iTunes on its first day of release last June 1. It is a light, varied pop collection that should easily please her fans. What I like most about it though is that Julie Anne shows herself to be an adept songwriter. This, I think, is the quality that distinguishes her from other girl singers today. She started out writing two songs in her first album — When You Said Goodbye and Baby You Are — and even arranged the latter. She did not arrange anything in Deeper but she did compose a lot of songs. In fact, half of the album are very well-written originals in both English and Filipino by Julie Anne.
In August 2012, she released her self-titled debut album which later on received numerous awards and is now a certified diamond record. Her single, “I’ll Be There” remains the only single certified double platinum, triple platinum and quadruple platinum by the Philippine Association of the Recording Industry (PARI).
In April 2011, Julie started to do UStreams for her fans with a different theme every time. It is a webcast where she performs songs based on the theme. Her viral video Superbass, that has reached 16 million views, is from one of her UStreams.
Listen to cover songs from Julie’s first SoundCloud account.
Julie Anne San Jose’s focus is impressive. Listen to her talk about music and you’d know she’s in it for life. Listen to her sing and you’re stranded in a dream state lulled, in a good way, by her euphonious voice. There is this consensus that Julie, Japs to her circle and fans, is the successor to divas reigning and past, but to the singer-songwriter, not to mention multi-instrumentalist, music is the bottom line. Nothing more, nothing less.
Having joined quite a few talent searches since age four, Julie is no stranger to pressure; perhaps she even thrives on it. In 2016, she capped off a successful 10th anniversary concert with a degree in communication arts. “The tassle’s worth the hassle,” she said in the milestone Instagram post. Before that, she was juggling work and school in keeping with a deal she had made with her dad.
“My dad didn’t want me in show business because ang daming sacrifices. Nababawasan yung time ko for my family, for myself, for school. And then there were the intrigues. So we had a deal. I told him I’d give him honors and good grades. After I graduated I realized that education is really the best thing that you could give back to your parents,” she said in our interview.
It was around the same that Julie almost quit show business. “I was in an awkward stage and nothing was happening with my career. I was still in school, so I had to focus on my studies. I promised my parents na tatapusin ko yung school ko. It wasn’t easy. I’m not saying that I had a hard time, but it took a lot of hard work and patience, but, if you really focus on your goal, you’ll be able to achieve what you want in life.”
Julie officially started working in the industry at 12 years old. “That time, I got a call back from the management of the singing contest na sinalihan ko. Hindi kasi ako nanalo, but it’s fine. I just really wanted to share my music with other people and I thought that was the perfect avenue for showing [off] my capabilities. Ever since sumali ako, nagustuhan ko yung ginagawa ko. I don’t want to stop learning. Mas gusto ko na madami akong ginagawa and mai-o-offer,” she said.
This year had a rough start for the young artist and it unfolded before the public eye. As the year comes to a close, these very same prying eyes are coming to realize that while it may have been a tough time, it was also a productive one, as Julie has released two singles off her upcoming second album.
“Figuring out how to sustain your work is one of the challenges of the business, that’s why it’s important that you keep reinventing yourself. Of course, hindi mawawala ang bashers. Noon hindi pa ako sanay. But at the end of the day they don’t really matter. Just focus on your craft, on the people around you na nagmamahal sa ’yo. Allergic ako sa negative energy. It’s hard to work kapag bad trip ka. So I start my day smiling. As simple as that,” she said. “Being able to do what I love and making people happy. Giving back sa mga supporters, sa parents. I’m grateful. That’s the reason why I’m doing this.”
The first single of the new album, “Regrets,” was released in April, and debuted at no. 1 on iTunes. On the official music video, Julie plays the piano—just one of the many instruments she can play, along with the guitar, drums, violin and ukulele. “It was my dad who taught me how to play instruments, but it started as a hobby. Hanggang sa I started playing on my own. I don’t read notes. I took lessons but hindi siya nag-work because kinakabisado ko lang yung notes. So I always play it by ear. Kinakapa ko lang siya. All the other instruments, I taught myself,” she said.
The second single, “Isang Gabi,” a collaboration with Rico Blanco, was released last month. “I’m so stoked about the new album because madami siyang collaborations. I thought it would be cool to work with different artists, I’ve never done that before.” Julie added that this time, she feels zero pressure over the upcoming album. “It’s not necessary to think of pressure or feel like you have to meet certain expectations. That’s the thing, in the industry, we’re so used to seeking validation from other people. You have to love this or love that. Of course, it feels nice to be appreciated, but I don’t really have to please anyone. Music is universal. People love listening to music. And gusto ko lang talaga gumawa ng kanta. I’m really thankful that God gave me the skills and I’m really happy to share it with other people.”
Growing up in the spotlight comes with a whole lot of things, among them, a well-documented personal life, sense of style included. According to Julie, hers has not really changed much since her teens. “Of course as a teenager, I went through an awkward stage, but I did try to adapt to trends. Off-camera, simple lang talaga ako manamit. But it’s really nice to get to dress up for when I perform on-stage or do a series of mall shows, and show people different sides of me,” she said.
“I love jeans. I love denim so much,” she added, making her a perfect brand ambassador for Lee. “I love everything they have, but jeans are my go-to outfit. Yun yung nakalakihan ko na. It makes me feel comfortable, and at the same time I also know na it’s stylish.”
The artist, who is also a brand ambassador for Vivo, revealed yet another thing she is good at: taking self-portraits. “I love taking selfies! My first campaign for Vivo was all about that. It’s one of things I really love about that phone. It’s really perfect for selfies. I also love mirror shots. Just look for your angle, find good lighting and a nice background, and you’re all set. I also used to play Mobile Legends on it. Ang ganda ng graphics. But I stopped because it was consuming my time,” she says with a laugh.
Julie admits that she loves social media, for its convenience and because it allows her to connect with her fans and show them they are appreciated. “As long as it’s not too much for the ‘gram, I share it. It’s hard sometimes. There’s a thin line between having a public image and having a private life. But people are more interested in your private life. But I like it because it allows me to connect with my supporters and my friends.”
“Whenever I write songs, minsan hindi ko siya natatapos. Minsan nakatago lang sila sa voice notes ko. Mahilig ako mag-record ng melodies or lyrics, para balikan in the future. Meron din akong mga songs na hindi ko pa nalilinis or napaparinig sa ibang tao,” Julie said. They’re on her to-do list, among other things.
“I want to write songs for other artists and take my masters or conservatory of music. That’s how I see myself in the next 10 years. Music talaga. Although I also want to try Broadway, I want to try film. I want to teach. Probably music or math, I don’t know. Para maiba naman. There are so many things that I still want to do.” For the young artist, learning doesn’t really stop, and this is what keeps her at the top of her music game, and one of the most promising, if not proven, artists in the business.
SOURCE: https://mega.onemega.com/of-music-and-movement-how-julie-anne-san-jose-is-at-the-top-of-her-game/ By Daniel Reyes November 1, 2019