SHENG BELMONTE STEPS UP

Sheng Belmonte’s story is one for the books—to be filed under the section “Almost Never But Couldn’t Have Otherwise” if ever there was one.
While many singers knew at a young age that they’d pick up the mic and perform later on, and hopefully make a living by doing so, Sheng was sure she’d never take that route.

“I didn’t even think I’d be able to sing by myself in public,” she confessed. “I was a painfully shy girl.”

So, while she comes from a karaoke-crazy family, Sheng’s most daring move next to singing in front of a kitchen sink was joining a choir. Beneath a sea of harmonies and an ocean of vocal blending, Sheng felt safe; content in the knowledge that it was as far as her musical dreams would go.

Until fate stepped in and shoved her to front and center.

One day, in Boy’s Town no less, Sheng was compelled to sing impromptu onstage with two other girls. She recalls what happened upon finishing her part.

“Everyone started yelling at me—and I got scared! I thought they didn’t want me. It turned out they were shouting, ‘More! More!’…”

Did that clue her in on her calling? No. Sheng blossomed into her tweens with dreams of becoming an actress. She enrolled in a theater company, going as far as performing at their recital.

Still, inside her, and despite the strides she has made, Sheng knew that she, to borrow a phrase from U2, hasn’t found what she’s looking for.

It was only when she turned 15 did she embrace music. By 18, she was lead singer of a show band so good, they made it all the way to China, Korea and Indonesia.

Sheng has found her voice—except that she was in danger of losing it and fast.

“I had no vocal training and I abused my voice to the point that I would come on stage some nights completely hoarse! Some of my songs were not suited for me at all. The only reason I stuck to doing the whole OFW thing as long as I did was because I wanted to help the family out financially,” she said.

Back in Manila for good, Sheng hatched a plan: To put singing on the backburner and try out other things.

Such as pole dancing. And belly dancing. And doing stand up in a comedy bar. Anything and everything. “Try lang,” she mused aloud, laughing.
Those didn’t last long. A few months later, Sheng auditioned for “Pinoy Dream Academy” Season 2 and made it. Then came the whammo: Her elimination from the show just three weeks after it started.

A few weeks later, Sheng met arranger Jonathan Ong who knew Gloc-9 who would later feature her in one of 2011’s biggest hits – but that’s getting ahead of the story.

Initially, what Jonathan had in mind for Sheng was to cast her in a group ala Black Eyed Peas. Soon, the singer and two rappers were recording demos intended for an album. But just as Sony Music was about to sign them up, a member of the group backed out and the pyramid crumbled.

And as before, Sheng was left to sort out the rubble.

“I was seriously thinking, ‘Is this a sign? Is this Heaven’s way of telling me, ‘It’s not for you, Sheng,’” she said.

But, it turned out that the heavens had bigger plans for her. Sony Music did not pursue signing up the group but they did offer Sheng a recording contract. Indeed, they couldn’t pass up on the girl with the unique voice and inimitable singing style that’s a cross-section of many musical ministrations.

More, the label chose her as featured artist in Gloc-9’s single, “Walang Natira,” over more established artists. Later, that song was picked as carrier single of the rapper’s latest album. These days, and even this early,

“Walang Natira” is turning out to be contender for song of the year.

Finally, things have fallen into place for Sheng.

Funny, but she who sings “Walang Natira” will soon have it all.
(“Sheng Belmonte” under Sony Music contains the tracks “Modern Pilipina,” “Sino Bang Love Ko,” “Big Time,” “Galing Galing” and the promotional song, “Gigil”), Like Sheng Belmonte on Facebook, visit [http://www.facebook.com/shengbelmontepage] now.

STEPHANIE DAN “LOVE TO LOVE ACOUSTIC” ALBUM PREVIEW

Check out this album preview from the “Love To Love Acoustic” album of Sony Music’s newest acoustic act Stephanie Dan. The album is currently #1 at Astroplus OPM Chart and #1 Over-all Chart.

“Love To Love Acoustic” features Stephanie’s versions of hits like Katy Perry’s “Firework”, Jessie J’s “Price Tag,” Train’s “Hey Soul Sister,” Usher’s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love,” Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” and a lot more.

Stephanie’s carrier single “Price Tag” also has a music video that is now airing on MYX Philippines. Vote for the video by texting MYX REQUEST PRICE TAG STEPHANIE DAN and send to 2366.

Want a ringback of Stephanie’s song, here’s how:

Song Title

GLOBE (P15)

 

Text SF366 to 2332

SUN (P15)

 

Text GETSONG 5482621 to 2728

SMART (P15)

 

Text STEPDAN1 to 2728

DJ Got Us Fallin’ Love Again

SF366

GETSONG 5482621

STEPHDAN1

Firework

SF370

GETSONG 5482623

STEPHDAN6

Hey Soul Sister

SF368

 GETSONG 5482625

STEPDAN11

Need You Now

SF800

 GETSONG 5482992

STEPDAN17

Price Tag

SF803

 GETSONG 5482994

STEPDAN24

ON THE CHARTS THIS WEEK | 11July

Check out the making of Next 2 You video by Chris Brown
featuring Justin Bieber. The song is #3 this week on RX93.1.

TOP OF THE CHARTS
#2 Smile by Avril Lavigne on 99.5RT, #6 on Mellow94.7 and #14 on MYX International
#3 Next 2 You by Chris Brown featuring Justin Bieber on RX93.1, #6 on MYX International and #7 on MYX Hit Chart
#3 Science & Faith by The Script on Mellow94.7 and #6 on RX93.1
#5 I Wanna Go by Britney Spears on MYX International, #6 on MYX Hit Chart and #17 on RX93.1
#5 Give Me Everything (Tonight) by Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo on RX93.1 and #20 on MYX International
#5 eLMer by Gloc-9 featuring Jaq Dionicio of Kiss Jane at 97.1 BrgyLS FM, #11 on Pinoy MYX and #16 on Tambayan 101.9

HOT ON THE CHARTS

  • 20/20 – Pupil
  • Adolescents – Incubus
  • Best Love Song – T-Pain feat. Chris Brown
  • Best Thing I Never Had – Beyonce
  • Boyfriend – Big Time Rush feat. Snoop Dogg
  • Elevator – David Archuleta
  • Everything And More – David Archuleta
  • Falling Stars – David Archuleta
  • Gigil – Sheng Belmonte
  • It Feels so Good – Steven Tyler
  • Look at Me Now – Chris Brown feat. Busta Rhymes and Lil’ Wayne
  • Love How It Hurts – Scouting for Girls
  • Nothing – The Script
  • Party – Beyonce feat. Andre 3000
  • Promises, Promises – Incubus
  • Pumped Up Kicks – Foster the People
  • Sleepwalker – Adam Lambert
  • Tanong Lang – AJKA
  • The Last Goodbye – David Cook
  • Walk – Foo Fighters
  • What the Hell – Avril Lavigne
  • Who’s That Girl – Guy Sebastian feat. Eve

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SHENG BELMONTE’S ‘GIGIL’ MUSIC VIDEO OUT NOW

Sheng Belmonte’s music video for “GIGIL” premiered last week, June30 on MYX Music Channel. For those of you who haven’t seen it, watch it below:

Help get GIGIL on MYX charts, text MYX REQUEST GIGIL and send to 2366. To get Gigil as you ringback tone, text SF797 to 2332 (Globe), text SHENG3 to 2728 (Smart) or text GETSONG 5482990 to 2728 (Sun). Only P15 for 15 days… Enjoy!

ON THE CHART THIS WEEK (June21)

Topping the charts this week are The Script’s “Science & Faith” on RX93.1 and Incubus Promises, Promies on Jam88.3. Who else is on the charts? Check it out below:

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 TOP OF THE CHARTS:
#1 Science & Faith by The Script on RX93.1, #3 Magic89.9
#1 Promises, Promises by Incubus on Jam88.3
#3 The Last Goodbye by David Cook on RX93.1, #5 MYX International, #12 MYX Hit Chart, #13 on Magic89.9
#4 Smile by Avril Lavigne on 99.5RT, #5 Mellow94.7, #8 MYX International, #15 MYX Hit Chart, #21 on RX93.1
#4 Elmer by Gloc-9 ft Jaq Dionisio of Kiss Jane on Pinoy MYX, #5 Brgy LSFM, #6 MYX Hit Chart, #16 Tambayan 101.9

HOT ON THE CHARTS
• Adolescents – Incubus
• Best Love Song – T-Pain feat. Chris Brown
• Boyfriend – Big Time Rush feat. Snoop Dogg
• Give Me Everything (Tonight) – Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Nayer and Afrojack
• I Will Reach You – Westlife
• (It) Feels so Good – Steven Tyler
• Look at Me Now – Chris Brown feat. Busta Rhymes and Lil’ Wayne
• Nothing – The Script
• Pumped Up Kicks – Foster the People
• Run the World (Girls) – Beyonce
• SLEEPWALKER – Adam Lambert
• TNT – Pupil
• Walk – Foo Fighters
• What the Hell – Avril Lavigne

SEE THE REST OF THE CHARTS BELOW –>

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