I first met ZENDEE last December during a simple gathering at Red Box KTV in Trinoma. She just launched her single RUNAWAY and after ‘running-away’ with some big YouTube hits for the single, the then ‘Random Girl’ now has in her hands a debut album under Warner Music Philippines.
I BELIEVE is the title of her 9-track album which showcases Zendee’s vocal prowess, versatility and musical taste. There are five (5) original compositions in the album including her debut single RUNAWAY which was written by Andrew Fromm, Matt Bronleewe, Jordan Pruitt, & Tyler Hayes (more stories on RAINCHECK: Random Girl ZENDEE – No More! RUNAWAY Hits the Music Chart with Rave Reviews). The other four (4) original tracks are The Ones You Love, I Believe, Completely and If You Want. As a bonus track, the album also has an acoustic version of the song Runaway.
Included also in the album are 3 cover songs: Go The Distance (Michael Bolton), Love Takes Time (Mariah Carey) and Hallelujah (yes, the SHREK song). Zendee personally selected the song Hallelujah and said that the Leonard Cohen original is an ‘arena’ inspired music that really suits her vocal ranges and capabilities.
Here’s my copy of Zendee’s I BELIEVE:
Last Tuesday (April 30), Zendee launched I BELIEVE at Chef and Brewer in Ortigas and performed live four (4) tracks from her album. She’s a magnificent performer! Personally, although her album is a great testament to her great singing voice, I would be more thrilled to see this girl perform on the stage.
More about Zendee..
ZENDEE is 21 years old Zendee Rose Japitana Tenerefe. She started singing when she was only four years old, in General Santos City, South Cotabato, Philippines. She started joining singing contests, as well as every other singing opportunity that came her way, throughout her teens. She also became a scholar of Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao, now Sarangani representative, after singing at his campaign sortie.
Zendee got her first big break when she was brought to Manila to participate in the ABS-CBN talent show X-Factor Philippines, which began on June 23, 2012. Unfortunately, she did not make it past boot camp tryouts; her friend, KZ Tandingan, went on to win. She elected to stay in Manila to try out for other singing competitions, including Pinoy Dream Academy Season 3 and Pilipinas Got Talent Season 4, both by ABS-CBN. Again, she didn’t make the final cut.
Not giving up, Zendee also joined smaller singing contests, such as a segment on primetime variety show Will Time Big Time on TV5. During this period, Zendee and her mother would sleep at a Mandaluyong fire station at night, and the young singer would practice at videoke display stands at nearby malls during the day.
One practice session in SM Megamall, Zendee – singing Jennifer Holliday’s “And I Am Telling You” – was captured on video by a passerby (Yuan Juan or youngjay0918), who happened to be a video blogger. The video, posted on July 28 on YouTube with the title “Random Girl,” quickly went viral, garnering over 2 million hits, 14,063 likes and more than 5,000 comments. On the web, Zendee became known as “Random Girl,” “Mystery Karaoke Girl,” “Viral Diva,” and “Supermarket Superstar.”
This astounding video brought her to the attention of Warner Music Philippines, which offered her a recording contract on their 1st visit to their makeshift home in the Fire Station. Zendee also caught the interest of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she was regarded as “the next big thing.” Her debut on the international stage, a performance of “And I Am Telling You” on Ellen, aired on Oct. 26, 2012 and the rest, so they say, was all HISTORY.
I BELIEVE is now out on record stores nationwide and on iTunes.
The artistic and production team of Zendee – “I Believe” is composed of Flerry de Leon (Executive Producer), Neil Gregorio (Album Producer; A&R Direction), Dante Tanedo (Chief Recording Engineer), Dan Tanedo, Angee Rozul, & Efren San Pedro (Additional Recording), Dante Tanedo (Song Mixing @ Bellhaus Entertainment Studio); Neil Gregorio (Song Sequence and Mastering), Arnie Mendaros, Moy Ortiz & Neil Gregorio (Vocal Supervision), Niccolo Cosme (Photography), and Ira Cosme (Cover Layout).
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