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Meet Viva Music’s rising stars

July 18, 2019

Stories in show business would most often begin with discouraging auditions, instant discoveries on YouTube, or starting out as backups until it’s hopeful’s time to shine. But for this two rising Viva Music artists and the spotlight today, it’s a totally different story each with interesting spins.

Teaching to recording

Vanessa Mendoza started as a music tutor when she was 12-years-old without any idea that the art form would eventually become her full-time career. She credits her grandfather for giving her the nudge music may just be her calling.

Vanessa Mendoza

“Nagpakita ako ng interes sa kanya, kaya in-enroll niya ako sa music school para may kaalaman din ako sa mga basic rudiments,” recalled Mendoza. “Then, dun ko na-realize na hindi lang pag-perform ang nagustuhan ko, kundi gusto ko rin ipamahagi kung ano ang alam ko sa musika sa pamamagitan din ng pagtuturo.”

Wanting to continue her musical journey, Mendoza pursued an Education degree, majoring in Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (MAPEH). But funnily enough, she got her first singing gig just by being proposed to on TV.

“My boy best friend asked me to accompany him to ‘Wowowin’ and he sort of proposed on air and the whole thing went viral,” she chuckled. Several news outlets picked up the clip and a docu feature on “iJuander” managed to find out Mendoza’s talent for music.

The next thing she knew, she had offers to do gigs in music bars where Viva Music finally discovered and signed her.

Her first single came out in 2018 titled “Di Aaminin” and became an instant online hit.

Listener feedback praised the song for its relatable millennial lyrics on love and relationships, all expressed in a catchy tune.

Currently working on possible follow-up releases, Mendoza is grateful for the opportunity to live out her passion. “I just want to share my music and my talent. Ang sarap kasi pakinggan sa radio or kahit saan na your music. Nakakataba ng puso and it inspires me to keep on going.”

Choir boy

Caleb Santos on the other hand originally wanted to go into the medical field via a nursing degree. But fate intervened and led him to join the church choir, where later, just for fun, he went to audition for a slot in a Viva Music boy band.

Caleb Santos

“I surprisingly got in and I quickly had to choose between finishing my studies or going for this. Obviously, music won over medicine because I truly found my passion in singing,” Santos admitted.

As an official member of XLR8, Santos suddenly found himself singing with seven other guys in the erstwhile GMA Network Sunday variety show, “Party Pilipinas.” He thrived in these regular spots until he felt the time had come for him to go solo.

“I felt the need to express myself through the music I make. Singing my own songs from the heart,” Santos explained. “I know I’ve chosen a tougher road on my own but thankfully, I learned much from being part of a group and I’m ready for a new challenge.”

Lucky for Santos, Viva also gave him acting experience in the blockbuster hit “100 Tula Para kay Stella” (2017) where he was also assigned to sing one of the movie soundtracks, “I Need You More Today.”

“To be honest, I loved singing more than acting before but now I’ve learned to balance both because I realized how acting helps me dig deeper into my emotions for songwriting and vice-versa,” he related.

Nevertheless, it was still the singer in him that shown through when he was named Best New Male Recording Artist at the Star Awards for Music in August 2018, and Rising Pop Acoustic Artist of the Year a few months later in December.

“It was an amazing 2018 for me and this year, I’ve been concentrating on writing more songs and taking it one day at a time. Since I started in this industry, my main goal has always been to express my feelings through music and to be called a rising star inspires me to push the boundaries more and more.”

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