Fil-Am Singer-Songwriter Engages With Curve Entertainment – Manila Bulletin
When 28-year-old Filipino-American singer-songwriter Kurt Tijamo was younger,
he didn’t know exactly what his ambition was. Since he got the waist he really enjoyed playing basketball.
Kurt’s Filipino mother always convinced him to become a doctor. It is only in his
last year in high school, he realized his “deep passion” for singing.
It was a bit of a coincidence that Kurt auditioned for a musical on a whim. It was
scary for him to decide if he would study music in college instead of something more
traditional. He just remembers guessing his middle finger, but then, he thought.
“Well the world has enough accountants. So why not continue with the music?
US-based Kurt didn’t realize he wanted to be a singer until he was a
teenager. “I started learning the piano with my dad and thought that was what I wanted to do,” he shares.
“Even when they bought me an acoustic guitar for my 13th birthday, I didn’t think
to be a singer-songwriter. So I didn’t really understand that I had an instrument until I auditioned for musical theater in my senior year of high school, when I was 17. I discovered a love for singing and decided that I wanted to study music in college.
The oldest and most influential person in Kurt’s musical development is his father.
“He taught me to play the piano and even gave me a musical vocabulary very early on that I think still influences me today,” Kurt reveals.
Quite admirably, Kurt is also into songwriting. “Writing songs has always been a
my hobby; sometimes as a way to process intense feelings or just to compose a cool idea I had, ”Kurt reveals.
He wrote a lot of songs. For his first single with Curve Entertainment, Kurt is
come out with an original song, pop, R&B (rhythm and blues), “U & Me”.
He expressed his desire to soon record an OPM (Original Pilipino Music) or maybe re-imagine a track that everyone knows.
Unsurprisingly, Kurt is well acquainted with Filipino artists, mainly those his mother
like to listen. “My mother always loved to sing ‘Mr. DJ ‘by Sharon Cuneta when I was young,’ Kurt recalls. “I love singing in Tagalog!
He even did a Filipino kundiman series for his graduation recital in San Francisco.
Music Conservatory. “I really like Filipino music, especially a lot of songs from the 60s and 70s. I would love to do an OPM cover soon,” says Kurt.
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