VJ Rosales is taking his music in a new direction under the name, VRO. He's a Filipino-American singer-songwriter, musician, performer, and music director known for his performances and vocal arrangements with a cappella icons, The Filharmonic. Now, he's ready to venture on his own as a solo artist with the track, "Red Eye."
"Red Eye" was originally written by a group of writers (including VRO) for a well known-artist but they ultimately decided that this song was meant for VRO instead. Through Red Eye, he was able to find a sense of identity as an up-and-coming solo artist and to represent the LGBTQ/AAPI community in mainstream music.
A graduate of Jazz Studies, B.M., of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music (CSU Long Beach), VRO is an artist equipped with both the foundational education of music and the natural talent for music, making him easily adaptable, and revolutionary to the pop genre. VRO has performed in over 300 stages and is featured on The Voice, The Late Late Show and Pitch Perfect 2. He is also a Group Director of the A Cappella Academy where he helps train, foster, and inspire young artists.
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We cannot get enough of The Filharmonic's PPOP Riff Off medley and neither can BGYO. The rising P-pop group fans over their song being featured, but also gushes about the overall vocal performance, giving them new ideas for their next show.
BGYO described watching the video as watching an episode of real-life pitch perfect and were amazed by the new arrangement The Filharmonic and friends came up with. Akira even mentioned he might incorporate a new riff next they sing "The Light" live.
One of the points the boys of BGYO shared it's cool to see PPop and KPop in the same space today because although KPop is more known globally, PPop is making strides and continues to grow. This motivates the band to make more music and incorporate the Filipino culture into it. They were also humbled to see how their songs reach far and wide to not only other Filipinos but everyone around the world.
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Hold on tight to your seats because The Filharmonic is bringing the heat with their latest video. The Los Angeles based a-cappella group has been featured on The Late Late Show with James Corden to sing alongside some of your favorite artists in the Riff-Off, but now they take their own spin on the popular game.
The Filharmonic add the Filipino flavor to their version of the Riff-Off by doing a KPOP x PPOP rendition. They even gathered a few of their other talented friends to go against and sing a few jams together. The guys of Filharmonic take on the songs of BGYO, BINI, and SB19 while their friends take on TWICE, BLACKPINK, and BTS.
Check it out below and we're sure you'll be singing along!
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Don't get us wrong, we definitely love High School Musical or High School Musical The Musical The Series but wouldn't it be awesome to see The Filharmonic and a majority Filipino cast take over an episode or maybe even just a scene? Well, here is a proof of concept via The Filharmonic and Kumu!
A newly released "Filharmonic Friday" takes us on a one-shot music video experience with Ella Mai's Boo'd Up, Usher's My Boo, and DJ Ghost Town's My Boo, featuring dancers from UCLA's Samahang Modern!
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Actress, Singer, and Songwriter Ella Jay Basco hit us with an A Capella Cover of Olivia Rodrigo's deja vu alongside the talented members of The Filharmonic last week. Ella's tone and the harmonies from The Filharmonic mesh so well together. The video is definitely a must-see.
The group has brought back "Filharmonic Friday," so we hope to see even more awesome videos like this coming from them in the near future.
Ella, as most of you know as Cassandra Cain in Birds of Prey has released a handful of songs in the past few years which you can check out on her Youtube Channel. But just this week she releases her latest single Eye to Eye out now on all streaming platforms. Make sure to stream Eye to Eye and get to know more of Ella's music here.
First off, if you haven't listened to The Filharmonic's Christmas album Filled With Cheer yet, go get yourself in the holiday spirit and hit that play button on your favorite streaming platform. Track two on that album features Filosophy, a collective of Fil-Am singers put together by the Filharmonic. This is their first official collaboration together, singing Go Tell It on the Mountain / Ain't No Mountain High Enough. Check out their video below.
The Filharmonic has some great things in store for 2022, and they are looking to continue to build their brand. If you have some vocal chops and want a chance to sing with Filosophy, submit for your chance here.