Zendee Rose Japitana Tenerefe. We know her as the Random Girl who shot to fame singing Jennifer Holiday’s “And I am Telling You” in a videoke kiosk in Megamall. There was no turning back after her YouTube clip went viral, caught the attention of two million viewers and landed her spot on The Ellen DeGeneres show.
Zendee started singing when she was 4 years old, in General Santos City, South Cotabato. Believing that her talent would give her the means to help her family, Zendee then started joining singing contests as well as every other singing opportunities that came her way throughout her teens. With these, she was able to finished a degree in Information Technology at STI-General Santos.
She got her 1st break when she was brought to Manila to participate in the ABS-CBN’s talent show X-Factor Philippines. Other singing competitions that she joined here in Manila includes Pinoy Dream Academy Season 3 and Pilipinas Got Talent Season 4, both by ABS-CBN. However, she weren’t that lucky enough just yet.
This outstanding video brought her to the attention of Warner Music Philippines, which offered her a recording contract on their 1st visit to their makeshift home in the Fire Station. Zendee also caught the interest of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she was regarded as the “the next big thing“.
Now Zendee is officially a recording artist. Last December 12, 2012, she releases her 1st every single “Runaway” under Warner Music Philippines. The song was a natural choice for both Zendee and Warner Music, as it showcases Zendee’s powerful and soulful voice while showing some vocal gymnastics with a refreshing twist.
“Having my own song is something that I used to just imagine. Singers recording songs in studios were something that I used to just watch on TV. I never thought that I will also be able to do it and with a major label at that I feel so blessed,, this is really a dream come true! ” Zendee says.
Runaway is about not allowing difficulties to get in the way of your dreams, just like Zendee did. The song was written by Andrew Fromm, who has also written for the likes of The Backstreet Boys, Nsync, K-ci and Jojo. His songs appear in over 45 million albums worldwide and he is quite excited to work with a world-class Filipino talent like Zendee.
“I’m honored to have co-written a song that I hope will skyrocket to #1. She has a fantastic voice. It’s always insanely exciting to watch such a gifted artist record a song you pour your heart into. That said, I wish Zendee nothing but the absolute best and I pray wherever Runaway is released, it’s embraced by all”, shares Fromm.
Aside from being Zendee’s first single and first song as a recording artist, “Runaway” is also the first local recording to be mastered for iTunes for the Philippines by Warner Music Philippines and Asia-Pacific. This means that the recording is digitally optimized for increased audio quality in digital format.
Check out iTunes to preview and download Zendees’s Runaway single and catch more of her on her social media sites.