CELEBRITY WATCH: X-Factor UK 2018 Finalist, Maria Laroco
Maria Laroco, the now 18-year-old former contestant of the X-factor UK 2018 is an inspiration to all fellow musicians aspiring to breakthrough in the international music scene.
If you're not an X-Factor fan, chances are you're unfamiliar with Maria Laroco. For a start, she's a pure Filipina from Pangasinan. Maria has actually been competing since she was 3 years old and you might have even seen her in The Voice Kids 2014, "The Will To Win” at Wowowin, or maybe in the Great British Festival in Makati City where she won as the Grand Champion.
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Maria is no stranger to the Philippine music industry as she signed with Universal Records, PH as a recording artist in 2014 and has recorded tracks such as her version of "Beauty and the Beast," and "Hindi Ko Kaya" by Geneva Cruz which was used for a Korean TV Drama Series "All About Mom" which aired in GMA7.
She says that being a singer has always been her dream and she always wanted to join showbiz here in the Philippines. Her search for her big break eventually led her to the X-Factor UK in 2018 where she was one of Simon Cowell's top 6 for his category. Although her 2018 X-Factor UK journey ended there, Simon believes in her so much that she made her promise to come back for X-Factor UK 2019.
Since she joined X-Factor UK, she has been attracting a lot of attention as she signed with Odic Records a US-based independent recording label, just a few months ago and she now has an international album entitled "Just Maria" with ten tracks that are easily relatable to the global market.
1. Bad Luv
2. Eager 3. On My Way
4. I Like It
9. Can't Stop
This news is such a great stepping stone not only for Maria but for all Filipino aspiring artists. Especially because Maria did not need to move abroad to start making her mark in the international music industry. According to https://marialaroco.bandcamp.com all their production processes were done in the Philippines.
As quoted in the bandcamp page:
"Musicians: Vocals for Can’t Stop, I Like It, and Eager Recorded at The Mothership Recording Studios, Philippines; Engineered by Chris reyes All other Vocals recorded at Decapolis Audio Visual/EJL Recording, Quezon City Metro Manilla, Engineered by Eric Juan C Lava, Mixed and Mastered by John Nipe for Noise By John @ Odic Studios Fort Mill, SC"
Even the album photoshoot was produced in the Philippines by MeMo Photography Studio
Since her album launch last August 26, 2019, she has been featured in many media outlets such as ABS-CBN, Net25, Business Mirror and Manila Standard, to name a few.
Maria's album is available in multiple platforms such as Spotify, Deezer, Spinner, ITunes, etc. We definitely ship this lady right here and she looks like she's ready to take the world by storm. She is definitely a star you should keep your eye on.
Maria's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marialarocoofficial/
Maria's Album: https://marialaroco.bandcamp.com/