BARELY a year after they were declared the champions of the first McJim Classic Leather “Dreams Get Real: The Search for the Next OPM Star,” three emerging recording artists have stamped a mark in the local music industry already.
With chart-topping and viral hits; malls, bars and corporate gigs across the country; and radio and television guest appearances, 2014’s triple-tie winners—Fifth Dynamics, JBK, and Neo Domingo—are already rocking the music scene after the Filipino leather company took a chance on them and helped them with the direction of their careers.
Much sought-after boy band JBK, composed of Joshua Bulot, Bryan Del Rosario, and Kim Lawrenz Ordonio, is making everyone’s hearts melt. The group’s R&B-infused ballad, “Anong Meron Ka,” gets major airtime on popular radio stations nationwide and in music channels.
“Because of the McJim Dreams Get Real talent search, doors of opportunities were opened, helping us land different shows,” says Bryan Del Rosario of JBK.
On the other hand, Fifth Dynamics, led by former The Voice of the Philippines contestant Mark Cordovales and members John Peterson Leyva, Wence Escabas, Aldrin Condat, and Jhay Santos, has released two chart-topping singles titled “Anyare” and “Pogi Kame.”
“Before, we just listened to our favorite bands in the radio, but now we hear our own songs being requested. That’s crazy!” said Cordovales.
The third winner, Neo Domingo, also topped national and local charts with his debut single “Pagbigyan Mo Na.” It was likewise named as the Most Wanted Song of 97.1 Barangay LS FM.
The rising pop balladeer is also expanding his horizons by reviving the late ’90s and early 2000s novelty genre.
His follow-up novelty single “Kaching-Kaching,” featuring his fellow McJim dreamer Fifth Dynamics, is now heavily played on different stations and is currently one of the soundtracks of GMA’s hit sitcom, Ismol Family.
“The contest has been a huge help in launching my career. Seeing my name and my singles on different top charts together with those of big names in the music industry is a dream come true,” Domingo averred.
“My newest single is very different from my genre but I’m thankful that fans still like to listen to my music. I grew up in a generation where novelty songs are like a national anthem and I want this generation to experience that kind of music,” he added.
The talents are likewise in the process of completing their debut albums produced by award-winning arranger and composer Jonathan Ong of SonicState Studio.
Banking on the success of 2014’s competition, McJim is renewing “Dreams Get Real: The Search for the Next OPM Star” for a second season, which is open to all unsigned male and female solo artists, aged 15 to 35 years old, with Filipino lineage.
“We aim to make Dreams Get Real talent search even bigger, brighter, and better this year. We now offer a full album and music video grant; P100,000 in cash prize; artist marketing support; and a talent management contract to the sole winner,” Chris Cahilig, the search’s project head, declared.
Applications are now open until May 31 with details on www.facebook.com/OfficialMcJIM.