Asia's Pop Diva Julie Anne San Jose on How She Sees OPM Post-COVID-19 Pandemic
Lance Paolo Lim | July 30, 2020
To say Julie Anne San Jose is one of the most versatile singers in the country is an understatement — and proof of that is her recognitions from different award-giving bodies for her work in music. The 26-year-old singer further strengthened her career as an artist when she decided to move to Universal Records in 2017, releasing a number of songs that both redefined her sound as an artist and injected new flavors to the OPM sphere.
In an exclusive interview with Choose Philippines, Julie Anne — dubbed Asia’s Pop Diva — said she couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity given to her by Universal Records. “I’m so grateful to be part of Universal Records family. They’ve been so kind to me and nagawa ko ‘yung mga genre ng songs na gusto ko talaga. I’ve done Breakthrough album and we believe, we live up to its name,” she said.
More than anything else, she is thankful for having been able to make fresh, new music that gives both her and her legion of supporters a sense of fulfillment. “We produced so many good songs that really appeals to my supporters and apt to my age. Thankful din sa mga collabs na nagawa ko for UR,” she said.
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Speaking of collaborations, Julie Anne revealed she has been busy promoting her new single, Bahaghari, a song she did with rapper Gloc-9. Collaborating with someone like Gloc-9 — a person she looks up to — has been a fun ride for Julie Ann. “Working with Kuya Gloc-9 is really something na nakakatuwa. We all know that he is one of the rap icons of our country. Thankful din na pumayag siya to have a collab with me. Gloc-9 is also an inspiration to many people — hardworking. I mean icon na siya pero down to earth.”
While musicians faced an unprecedented challenge due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Julie Anne said she sees OPM going stronger than ever as soon as all these are over. She believes the industry would thrive even further especially with promising new artists coming up with more creations of refreshing sounds to be introduced to a new generation of music lovers. “I think OPM will still boom after COVID. Because of the pandemic, people tend to watch more performances online. Not just the all-time great performers, but we also got a peak sa mga new promising performers.”
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With various online fundraisers mounted throughout the pandemic, the young singer-songwriter also shared how she feels knowing music made it possible to break the barrier between networks and artists from across different paths to unite during the pandemic. “Nakakatuwa na isipin na many of our country’s performers contributed and participated sa mga songs to uplift the spirits ng mga kababayan natin. No network barriers, basta nagsama sama for one cause like ‘yung “Heal As One.” OPM Artists use their talents po to inspire people despite what’s happening around,” she stated.
On what fans can expect from her in the coming months, she teased: "For now we are currently producing pa collabs with different artists, I’m so excited to share with you kaya lang in the works pa siya."
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