Brave, empowered, and unique. These words describe today’s young Kapamilya singers who are gradually carving a name in the industry with their talent, ingenuity, and musicality.
Meet some of the talented artists from the ABS-CBN Music roster who use their music to support their fellow women. We rank them from the most promising to the apex:
Cool Cat Ash
Cool Cat Ash, named PMPC Star Awards for Music 2021 Novelty Artist of the Year and 2022 Rock Artist of the Year, actually started in the music industry when she was just five years old. Today she is also a songwriter, music producer, sound engineer, DJ, and film scorer who is currently studying Music Production at Berklee College of Music in Boston. She also co-founded a female-led music production company, Aunorable Productions, with her sister, Marion Aunor. She has just released a song called “Changes” about embracing constant changes in life, including the good, the bad, and everything in between.
Last year, Zachary debuted with her alluring sounds “dahan-dahan” followed by “RBND.” This time, listeners can expect more modern pop and R&B songs from this young Filipino-Canadian songstress that promise to dwell on real experiences and youthful sentiments in a playful, sensual way.
Star Pop recording artist CESCA released her debut EP Travel last year, taking listeners on a journey of leaving own’s bubble to boldly take risks and face hardships. Her soothing voice now shines in “Kung Makakapili Lang,” one of the theme songs of ABS-CBN’s hit series Dirty Linen while her debut single "Lovesick (Pagmahalasakit)" has over 1.3 million streams on Spotify.
The former Pinoy Big Brother: Lucky 7 housemate turned a new leaf in her career upon the release of her solo single, “Matapang” that speaks of becoming fearless with one’s feelings. Vivoree is also set to work with some of the most talented female songwriters and producers this year for her much-awaited coming-of-age EP.
The former Idol Philippines season 1 contestant FANA is out to make a name for herself not only with her edgy musicality but also with her wit as she joins the cast of the newest iWantTFC Originals series Teen Clash. Last year, she lent her voice to the alternate song “Sa Dulo,” one of the biggest favorites from the soundtrack of The Broken Marriage Vow.
The former Idol Philippines season 1 contestant FANA is out to make a name for herself not only with her edgy musicality but also with her wit as she joins the cast of the newest iWantTFC Originals series Teen Clash. Last year, she lent her voice to the alternate song “Sa Dulo,” one of the soundtracks of The Broken Marriage Vow.
This talented but low-key singer-songwriter has written many songs for her fellow Kapamilya singers, such as Belle Mariano, Maymay Entrata, and Moira dela Torre. Trisha Denise’s album Piece of the Puzzle, showcased her artistry while also giving inspiration to her listeners. She recently sang “Hindi Pa Natin Alam,” a collaboration with Benedix Ramos and one of the theme songs of the iWantTFC Originals Tara G.
Discovered on TikTok with her then unfinished song “Ako Naman Muna” that eventually turned out to be a massive hit upon release, Angela Ken is one of the fastest-rising artists today because of her relatable and empowering songs. Last year, she was also able to showcase her versatility in the iWantTFC Originals series Lyric and Beat.
Tawag Ng Tanghalan season 2 grand champion Janine Berdin made waves in 2022, capping off the year by gracing a billboard in Times Square in New York as the cover of Spotify’s EQUAL playlist. She also launched her debut album, “WTF i actually wrote these songs” with six relatable tracks she penned herself. The lead single off that EP "The Side Character" has almost 2.9 million streams on Spotify. Her collaboration with falsetto multiverse superhero Adie "Mahika" is one of the biggest pop hits out there in recent memory. This month, she happily shared that she has fulfilled her dreams of having her own band. She just released a new single, “bagay nga tayo pero.”
Belle Mariano has fully blossomed from being a timid child star to a young superstar that she is now with hit movies, series, and music in her portfolio. Her single “Sigurado,” one of the tracks in her debut album daylight, already earned 25 million Spotify streams, and fans can look forward to more of her songs this 2023. She's currently woring closely with her producer and co-songwriter to come up with what promises to be a tour deforce sophomore effort.
From her Pinoy Big Brother PBB days to becoming the "AMAKABOGERA" that she is today, Maymay Entrata has evolved to become a successful p-pop soloist. Her “AMAKABOGERA” music video has generated over 20 million views on YouTube to date and she even got a nomination from no less than MTV Europe Music Awards for Best Asia Act in 2022. Recently, her “Puede Ba” music video already hit over 1.1 million views on YouTube.
Check out the music of Angela, Belle, CESCA, Cool Cat Ash, FANA, Janine, Maymay, Trisha Denise, Vivoree, and Zachary. For more details, follow Star Music on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tiktok, and YouTube.