The Search for the Next OPM Star winners has been proclaimed and all the six talented acts have their dreams fulfilled to record their original songs and released on Dreams Get Real compilation album. JBK, Fifth Dynamics, and Neo Domingo won Triple Tie making them “Dreams Get Real” The Search for the Next OPM Star” champions last June 30 at Teatrino stage in Promemade, Greenhills.
“Dreams Get Real: The Search for the Next OPM Star” was a project of McJim Leather Classic and project head Chris Cahilig whereas to give support to local and unheard aspiring talents that will become part of the next OPM stars.
Amateur bands Fifth Dynamics, Archetype, and Dream of Pearl, vocal trio JBK, and solo artists Neo Domingo and CK Arca are now certified recording artists with the launch of “Dreams Get Real: The Compilation Album.”
“McJim Classic Leather is committed in making the finalists of the talent search succeed by nurturing their sense of originality and authenticity– values that the leather manufacturer brand firmly adheres to,” says Cahilig.
“By introducing new talents and compositions to the music scene, McJim helps revitalize and contributes to the growth of Original Pilipino Music (OPM). McJim is a staunch believer of the world-class Filipino talents including its past endorsers Jose Mari Chan and Randy Santiago,” he added.
Before the champions were announced, all the six acts were recognized as Top 6 and two Special Awards were given to Neo Domingo and JBK, respectively. Neo was hailed as the DJ’s Choice while JBK bagged Critic’s Most Promising Song. The latter was chosen with the help of a special judge and pioneer OPM artist, Jim Paredes of the iconic APO Hiking Society. Having the LSS of JBK’s “Anong Meron Ka” is a clear indication that their song is really promising. Neo’s “Pagbigyan Mo Na” and “Anong Meron Ka” were both compositions of Urie Tenorio.
Mark Cordovales, vocalist of Fifth Dynamics, who performed “Anyare” written by Cordovales and Angelo Katigbak with the help of poet and public relations expect Cahilig, says that ”Dreams Get Real” has given them the chance to a connect to a much wider audience. “Dati, sa bars lang kami nagpe-perform, ngayon nasa radyo na, naririnig na namin yung sarili naming kanta,” he says. The rest of the band is composed of John Peterson Leyva (rhythm guitar), Eljon Nono (lead guitar), Daryl Jay Santos (bass guitar) and Aldrin Condat (drums).
The boy band JBK, composed of Joshua Bulot, Bryan del Rosario and Kim Ordonio, was thankful that ”Dreams Get Real” provided them the avenue to showcase their talent.
“The experience has been exciting,” says del Rosario. “We are very much thankful to McJim for this awesome opportunity of being out our sense of originality as artists.”
As for the solo performer, Domingo, the search has made him connect to his OPM roots. “Yung mga taong narinig na nila ako before, ibang areglo, ibang tunog ang mapapansin nila,” he says. “Actually, yung totoong Neo ang makikita nila.”
“We’re happy and proud that McJim has provided the winners and the finalists the head-way to be successful in the music scene,” says Cahilig. “The listeners, composed of people from all classes and ages, are already hooked with the fresh-sounding, catchy tunes. We are confident that the performers McJim has discovered will become household names in no time.”
The Top 3, along with the other McJim Dreamers Archetype, CK Arca and Dream of Pearl already had a taste of being recording artists by working with music experts, such as the respected arranger Jonathan Ong of Sonic State Studio for the Dreams Get Real: The Compilation Album, which features original compositions they performed during the search. Joining them are 1:43, which has just launched their newest album Kalye Pop featuring the monster hit “Hayop sa Ganda,” with the song “Pwede Bang Malaman” and Urie’s Attack with the piece “Mensahe.”
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