“The Concert Prince” Bryan ‘Yan’ Canero De Vera is another pop ballad artist in this competition. His favourite artists are all high vocal ranged singers – Eric Santos, Jed Madela, Michael Bolton, and Celine Dion. By looking up to these powerhouse artists, Yan has definitely set a high standard for his own singing style. He has acquired a major part of his musical influence from his parents. At his age of twenty eight joining talent-based competitions is not new to this contender. He has previously joined two local singing competitions, Himig ng Kalayaan Season 2 and JPOP Season 1. This artist from Pangasinan says he believes in the power of his dream and that dream is to be the next Jeddah Pop Icon winner. His go-to line in life, by his own words, goes something like this: ’If you want to reach the top, in the middle of the road don’t stop.’
I’ve said it before. The Cheesecake Factory’s kale salad has become my go to salad. Yes, it’s kale! Never mind the nutritional value of this superfood (That’s already a given!). I think it’s all about that burst of the cocktail of flavors – the distinct taste of pine nuts, sun dried raisins and fresh crunchy apples combined with the sweetness of kale tossed over just the right dressing all just sums up into a perfect flavor marriage.
Voice quality. Check! Vocal ability. Check! Pop star quality. Check! Three main ingredients in the formula to making a Jeddah Pop Icon are already innate to this contender. Dennis Bernardo aka “Mr. Pure Soul” is a soulful ballad singer who can effortlessly play the piano and the guitar. He loves the music of Gary Valenciano whose song ‘The Warrior is a Child’ is his favourite piece. 25-year old Dennis is just on an official transient work here in Jeddah with a three-month assignment as Passenger Service Agent at the King Abdulaziz International Airport. Despite that he is still fully determined that he will finish the competition and end up as the Jeddah Pop Icon Season 4 winner before finally going back to the Philippines. As Dennis believes, ‘Many people dream but only a few make those dreams happen.’ And this soul singer is one of those few who want to make a move and make that dream happen.
“Sweet Enchantress,” is how we call this talented young lady by another name. Rachell Precioso Bartolome, our contender from Cagayan Valley, is a 22-year old nurse. Rachell’s music inspiration is something that evolved somewhere close to heart – at home – from her Mother who is a big music lover. Her favourite genre is acoustic pop with Celine Dion and Bryan Adams as her fave musicians. Not only does she possess an enchanting angelic voice she also has a gift in playing musical instruments like the flute and the banduria. She believes in the words “I can and I will’ – words she promises to harness in trying to become this season’s Jeddah Pop Icon. This singing enchantress gave a stunning audition by her flawless rendition of Alicia Keys’s ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ which rightfully earned her her spot in the Finals.
HMU: Jonathan Agudaña
Last night’s long overdue dinner date with my lovely friend Madette 😘👭🍴
‘The dinner date that is loong overdue. With sis Madette. Jean we miss you here. 😘 (Excuse the pale, raddled look im just recovering from a bad flu. Yes Im sick like that.)‘