'The Voice' Alum Lala Vinzon on Joining Island Records, Creating Music Amid Pandemic
Lance Paolo Lim | July 29, 2020
‘The Voice’ alum Lala Vinzon joins the flagship roster of US-based record label Island Records’ domestic division in Asia!
The times may be uncertain, but Universal Music Philippines boldly made a move to further boost Filipino talents both in the local and international scene by officially launching 61-year-old Island Records in the country through a virtual event last Thursday, July 23 and what better way to kick off the arrival of Island Records in the tropical nation than to introduce some of the best artists from a country made up of 7,164 islands.
With the likes of juan karlos, Fern., Over October, Zack Tabudlo, and One Click Straight joining in the flagship roster of artists under Island, the newly-launched label sure has a formidable lineup Pinoys can look forward to hearing great music in the coming months. But what’s more striking is the presence of a rose among the thorns — Lala Vinzon — an artist who caught the attention of many in the first-ever edition of The Voice Teens in Asia with her strong, powerful vocals.
Although it has become a bit of a challenge for the team behind Island Records to proceed with the launch amid an ongoing pandemic, Lala said she couldn't be any happier that it pushed through. “As a newly launched artist of Island Records, I appreciate the team for making it possible for all of us Island artists to proceed with our objectives. Despite the pandemic and lockdown, we still continue to present new songs online and made the supporters be familiar with our musical direction,” she told Choose Philippines in an exclusive interview.
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Fans can expect to see a different side of ‘The Voice Teens’ alum as she revealed how happy she is to get express herself through her music now more than ever. “With Island Records, I feel that I am free to express myself through my music because of the overwhelming support from my family, my fans, and my creative team! And I am super excited to release the songs I've written and also collaborate with my co-Island artists,” she stated.
Meanwhile, Lala also looked back on her journey as part of ‘The Voice’ and how the ABS-CBN reality singing show fulfilled the dreams of a young girl who hails from Pampanga to be recognized by millions of Filipinos worldwide. “The Voice gave me an opportunity to showcase my capabilities as an artist. It taught me lessons, ideas, and introduced me to the life of a passionate musician that strives for progress. I was an ordinary girl from Pampanga who once dreamed to be noticed as a singer and God gave me a chance to be recognized by millions,” she said, "The show helped me gain the recognition that provided me a platform to inspire young teenagers that look up to artists as a role model, that our existence is a confirmation of possibilities and that pushed me to be a better person."
While 2020 marked a new beginning for her as an artist, Lala said this year also became an eye-opener for her about the importance of showing appreciation for whatever is in of her. “I thought 2020 is the year that I'll have everything I want but turns out, 2020 is the year that I'll appreciate everything I have' I can say that this year is tough for all of us workers, company owners, entertainers, and students. Our plans, dreams, and ideas are delayed, but hopefully not gone for good,” she said.
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While she marked a new beginning in her journey as an artist this 2020, Lala admitted that this year turned out to be an eye-opener for her and said that she hopes to use the pain and confusion inside of her to make meaningful music she hopes to look back on someday. “One of the few things that keep us from the world that is experiencing devastation are our loved ones, online world movies, and music. As for me, I take music as an escape from reality, I continue to make something from the pain and confused mind I have right now. And I hope when the right time comes we will look back on the things we created during these troubled times,” she said.
On what kind of artists she looks forward to collaborating with, she said: “Hopefully I can collaborate with musicians that have the same type of sound and musical genre as I am. However, I also consider working with artists that provides contrast in my style of music that requires a smooth transition.” Universal Music Philippines is a division of US-based record label Universal Music Group (UMG).
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