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Take your pick– jazz or rock

NO FRILLS. No gimmicks. Just great music.

That’s how Cornerstone Concerts describes the two-night back-to-back concerts featuring four of today’s promising artists, all products of ABSCBN talent reality TV shows.

Thor and Jovit Baldovino in Rock & Soul
Thor is relatively not a newbie in the industry. Before his “Back-up vocals” stint on Gandang Gabi Vice, “Master Of Soul” Thor has already been doing vocal coaching gigs for other celebrities and performers. He was also able to release two albums; self-titled Thor (Warner Music) and an all-duet album Duets with Thor (Ivory Records) in which the singer shared his soulful vocals with some of the local RnB’s finest like Jay Durias of South Border, Jinky Vidal of Freestyle and Juris Fernandez. He shared the same stage with international acts like David Foster, David Benoit, Air Supply and Alicia Keys.

Thor decided to pursue his music career after finishing in the Top 8 in The Voice of the Philippines last year. He was known then as the very first “four-chair turner.” He did his very first birthday/benefit concert in December 2013 and now working on a new album, which showcases more of his vocal versatility.

“I am very excited and honored to have some of the best names working on my new album. Dream ko talaga silang lahat na makatrabaho sa album. Sina Jungee Marcelo, Jonathan Manaio and Soc Villanueva,” he said. The album is slated for release this month.

KZ Tandingan partners
with Markki Stroem in
Jazzified
Jovit Baldivino’s Pilipinas Got Talent grand moment led the Batangueño rock sensation to stardom. Something he never imagined could possibly happen.

From a simple and ordinary guy who loves music, to a singer who can sell thousands of albums with chart-topping singles to applauded stints in ASAP, the siomai vendor has become one of the most sought after young performers in the country.

Jovit touched the hearts of the mass with his renditions of “Too Much Love Will Kill You,” “Carrie” and his winning piece “Faithfully,” now all radio smash hits. He is also the voice behind successful Kapamilya teleserye theme songs, like “Mula sa Puso,” Angelito’s “Ika’y Mahal Pa Rin” and Juan dela Cruz’s “Pusong Bato.”

Performing for the Filipino community abroad is one of Jovit’s biggest dreams, and it was granted when he became one of the favorites and in-demand Kapamilya artists to tour Asia, the USA, and Europe.

Another Pilipinas Got Talent alumnus, Markki Stroem charmed the judges with his amazing jazz and soulful vocals, mastery of the piano and saxophone, and undeniable star factor. His musical talent didn’t end on the reality TV show’s stage. Not just a singer and a songwriter, he is also an actor.

Markki started in 2011 with Atlantis’ Productions’ and Bobby Garcia’s Next To Normal, Repertory Philippines’ Camp Rock and another one from Atlantis in 2013—Carrie. On the big screen, Markki has played roles for mainstream and independent cinemas—Cinemalaya’s Amor Y Muerte, Cinema One Originals’ Slumber Party for which he earned an acting nomination, Viva’s Raketeros and last year’s MMFF best film 10,000 Hours.

He is now part of one of ABS-CBN’s Dyesebel as a merman. Markki says he will try different aspects of entertainment, but he will always come back to his first love—music. After his debut and certified gold album Thousands of Pieces in 2012, Markki will be releasing his sophomore album this year showcasing his brand and strength in sexy soul and jazz.

The very first X-Factor Philippines champion KZ Tandingan changed the way Filipinos’ concept of singing contest champions. The young soulful singer wowed the judges and bested other finalists with her soothing, jazzy and passionate vocals. She shied away from the usual beltings. Her self-titled debut album is a breath of fresh air on the OPM scene. Her singles “Scared To Death” (Himig Handog finalist), “Puro Laro,” and “Un-love You” proved that there are underlying elements in OPM. KZ has done and continues to do local and international shows with some of the best in the country. She is also a regular in ASAP. 

Recently, KZ bagged the Favorite New Artist award in MYX Music Awards 2014.

Markki and KZ share the stage in a night of soulful vocals and jazzy elements in Jazzified on May 16. Jovit and Thor on May 17 in Rock & Soul.

Both shows are at the Music Museum. Showtime starts at 8 p.m. sharp.

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