The newest kid on the music block
The week that was saw the introduction of a 14-year-old balikbayan recording artist to the Philippine music scene. The half-Filipino boy has received the nod of David Foster and the support of Apl.de.ap.
Who is he?
His name is Miguel Antonio Vedanaigam. He was born on November 9, 2000 in Davao City where he lived for six years before his family relocated to Singapore. He currently lives in the Lion City with his father Samuel Vedanaigam, who owns an infrastructure technology business, and his Filipina mother, Katherine Pinon, a former dance instructor.
The eldest of four and the only son in the family, Miguel now attends Anglo-Chinese School Independent (ACSI). He has three sisters, Isabella Maria, Gabriella Salome and Mikaela Ray.
Miguel loved singing since he was young but no one in his family knew of this hidden talent until he became champion in 2010 at a singing competition organized by Qifa Primary School in Singapore. A family friend posted a YouTube video of his win on Facebook, which instantly became viral with him singing “I Dreamed A Dream” from the musical Les Miserables.
In 2011, Miguel participated in a cross-continental talent search contest titled Born To Sing by award-winning music producer and songwriter David Foster. As the story goes, his video entry caught Foster’s eye. He competed as one of the finalists and eventually became the winner of the search. Following his victory, Miguel made even bigger news when he was selected by Foster to perform at the David Foster & Friends concert in Singapore that same year.
Miguel launched his first Extended Play (EP) What is Christmas to You in 2012, at Livewire, Marina Bay Sands. The debut album with four tracks featured covers of Jackson 5’s “Give Love on Christmas Day”, David Meece’s “We are the Reason”, “O Holy Night,” and an original song “What is Christmas to You?” written by Singaporean composer Karen Lim.
In 2013, Miguel continued to hone his skills at live performances, events and in various charitable events attended by ministers, including the president of Singapore, foreign dignitaries, and the Philippine ambassador to the city-state.
The year 2014 marked a significant milestone for Miguel as he signed on with BMBX (pronounced Boombox) to pursue a professional singing career. BMBX is a new Southeast Asian-based content and artist development and brand marketing company, featuring the curatorial talent of Grammy award winning producer Apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas.
Miguel was first introduced to Apl.de.ap in 2012 at a private event in Singapore. They reconnected in May 2014 and Miguel was invited to perform at the “Rebuild! Philippines,” a benefit concert for the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda, held at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, USA. He joined international artists from various music genres and sang an inspiring cover of Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” as well as “Hope of One Voice,” an original song written by a respectable Singaporean entrepreneur, Elim Chew of 77th Street and Cat Ong.
His dream is to become a prolific singing artist, an inspiration that is very much influenced by his all-time favorite legendary icon—Michael Jackson. He remains an ardent fan of Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Celine Dion, Michael Bolton and Steve Perry.
Miguel enjoys diverse music genres across classical, rock music, opera and also croons effortlessly in different languages—Chinese, Hindu, Italian and Filipino, a skill that he combines with the power of good memory.
Miguel currently receives training from Australian Amanda Colliver, a renowned professional voice coach. He also plays the piano as well as the guitar and has recently started to write his own songs. While managing his time between school and a budding music career, he enjoys a game of basketball, skating and go fishing.
As he begins a new chapter of his life as a professional singing artist, Miguel looks forward to bringing his passion to new heights on the path of an already amazing musical journey.