Gusto ko ma-prove na singer din ako, na kaya kong kumanta. Parang ‘si Maja, hindi lang sya umaarte, hindi lang sya sumasayaw, pero kaya din niyang ibigay lahat sa music, sa paggawa ng isang kanta’.
It was not a long time ago when Kapamilya star, Maja Salvador, appeared on Gandang Gabi Vice and shared that she’s serious about pursuing singing as a career, “Gusto ko na, kaya nga ako nag-tour kasi 10 years na ako sa business.” She even shared that she was taking voice lessons from Annie Quintos of The Company.
“Gusto ko i-share sa kanila [sa fans] na meron akong bagong minamahal, which is yung pag-kanta. Sobrang swerte lang na may nakarinig ng boses ko from Ivory Music na yun nga, willing silang gumawa ng album ko.” It was December 2013 when Maja signed a recording contract with Ivory Music & Video. After months of excitement and anticipation, the actress-turned-singer unleashes her talent in singing with her debut album BELIEVE!
Produced by award-winning arranger and producer, Jonathan Ong, the album features 8 tracks including her first single “Dahan-Dahan” and the sure-to-be hit collaboration with hip-hop star Abra called “Halikana”. Maja Salvador also awakens the songwriter in her as she co-writes a track called “Buong Gabi” featuring Project Pinas.
The “Dance Princess” shared that this album is a dream come true for her as not everyone is given the chance to have a record deal, “Hindi lahat sumusugal na bigyan ng album ang isang artista so I’m very thankful. Sobrang naa-amaze ako sa nangyayari sa akin today.”
She admitted that the recording process wasn’t an easy ride for her since it’s a first-time endeavor to record a music album, but all was well with the help of the engineers at Sonic State Studios. “Parang nung umpisa, hindi ko alam kung tama ba yung ginagawa ko kasi first time ko mag-record ng kanta [at] first time ko gumawa ng album pero nahanap ko rin yung placement ng voice ko,” she confesses.
Surreal would be the best word to explain her feeling when she heard her first single “Dahan Dahan” on the radio, “Nung una ko siyang narinig sa radyo, nakatulala lang ako kasi parang hindi parin ako makapaniwala.” In fact, her first single hit the radio airwaves and music charts by storm. After its first week of airing, “Dahan-Dahan” reached as high as #1 on the radio charts including MOR Dagupan. It’s also one of the top-selling songs on iTunes and her song landed on the top spot along with foreign artists since its release on March 6, 2014.
Maja is just beyond grateful to be enjoying the blessings coming her way, “Grabe na yung nangyayari sakin ngayon, yung mga blessings na dumating talaga na parang dun lang ako nagising talaga nung narinig ko na siya sa radyo na eto na, totoo talaga na meron na akong album.
Catch Maja Salvador LIVE on these dates: Maja Believe Album Tour 2014
April 5 SM Marilao
May 17 SM Marikina
June 7 SM Tarlac
June 14 SM Lipa
June 21 Baragatan Event, NCCC Mall Puerto Princesa City Palawan
June 28 Kadagayaan Event, NCCC Mall Tagum
July 5 SM Sucat
July 13 SM Taytay
August 2 SM Sta Mesa,
August 9 SM Calamba
August 16 Kadayawan Event, NCCC Mall Davao
September 13 SM Rosales
September 20 SM Pampanga
September 28 SM Dasmariñas