Brunei-raised Pinoy signs record deal, releases digital single

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Jude Concon

Jude Concon

Gyver Jude Talabis Concon may have been raised in Brunei but his characteristics and ways are very Filipino. Especially his love for music.

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Concon started singing at the age of 10 at his parish church. Eventually, he joined a singing contest organized by Radio Television Brunei in 2010 where he won first prize in the Non-Bruneian category. Since then he has worked to turn his passion into a career by singing in events and on radio around the small but oil-rich nation in the Asean region.

To further improve his craft, he took Popular Music Vocals at the NeoClassic Music School of Brunei, and graduated with high distinction.

When Concon felt he was ready to do more as a singer, he came home to the Philippines where he knew his music would literally blend in.

Choosing to remain a Filipino despite li­ving in Brunei most of his life, Concon was able to be part of Team Philippines to the 2015 WCOPA (World Championships of the Performing Arts). He proved to be a valuable team player as he copped a silver and two bronze medals in the competition.

Shortly after, he joined the Europop singing competition in Berlin, Germany as one of only four Asians, all from the Philippines, and placed fourth among 17 European singers in the 18 to 24 years old category. Another Filipino placed first in what is touted as Europe’s biggest vocal fest, in the person of UST student Ryan Richard Tamondong.

With his recent achievements on the international front, Concon’s dream of becoming a recording artist has come true as he is now officially an MCA Universal artist. His first single, “Time Machine,” in fact is already available on major digital platforms, namely iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music and Spinnr.

On his visit to The Manila Times, the 24-year-old singer described his work ethic and attitude in going for his goals.

“I am a hardworking individual and diligent in completing assigned tasks with minimum assistance. I am self-motivated and easily embrace change,” he proudly said.

Concon added that he enjoys socializing and meeting new people, which is why he is very happy to be back home in the Philippines with his music.

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