The Philippines has experienced real music from the one and only “Passion.” Jeremy Manongdo, better known as Jeremy Passion is a Fil-Am singer-songwriter and was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He performed at the Music Museum last 21 Mar 2014 for the intimate concert Jeremy Passion Live in Manila!
Jeremy Passion was accompanied by local acts including Julianne Tarroja, Naomi Tamayo, Microphone Mechanics and World Supremacy Battlegrounds Hip Hop dance champions FMD-Xtreme performing all in one night.
Music for Passion
“Music has always been a personal thing for me. I just love music, it’s my thing,” confidently tells Passion. “I started playing piano at the age of 4 and since then it had been my life.”
Lemonade: The story behind the viral song
Took these lines from Rappler’s interview with Passion and he narrates “Lemonade” was a song that I wrote when I was around 16 or 17, I was junior, sophomore in high school and I just started learning how to play the guitar. And RnB has always been something that I loved doing. I gravitated towards learning RnB and jazz chords kind of thing.”
Jeremy Passion’s “Lemonade” performed at the Music Museum below, video courtesy of Jesamine Joi Del Rosario.
“It was really hot in San Francisco. I went over to my friend’s house and ask for anything to drink. He gave this really tall glass of lemonade. And gulped it from top to bottom and I said that’s exactly what I need.
Of course, as a beginning songwriter, I think about ways. Sometimes the people we have in our lives; we find them to be exactly what we needed at that time just like that glass of lemonade. So I write a song based from a very simple thing just like that glass of lemonade that I had. Little did I know that it was going to be viral on the Internet. Since then, it’s kind of a kick that started my whole career until now.
The video was first uploaded at Spinatiks Online Radio which started my whole thing, started singing covers and that’s the beginning of it.”
Check out the full video HERE courtesy of Rappler.
Passion Goes Viral
He is acknowledged as a pioneer of the acoustic R&B /soul movement on the Internet. Passion was one of the first Filipino-Americans to go viral online with his smash hits, “Lemonade,” “Well Done” and acoustic covers “So Sick,” “Ordinary People” and “Cater 2 U.” With over 235,000 YouTube subscribers, 25,000 Facebook fans and 36 million channel views, he is definitely one to watch
“On the Internet, it’s about people finding who they really enjoy. My fan base consists of people that are really looking for something deeper in music. They’ve seen and noticed that I’m just not singing, I do have message in my music. I do like to share about my heart, my family, my faith and the things that I’ve been through in relationships. People realized that they have something they can connect to,” analyzes Passion.
As part of the audience, I get to know more about him as he started singing onstage. He definitely has the passion for music and the remarkable soulful voice. One thing that I greatly appreciate about him is his style in writing songs, his charm and connection towards his audience and he is a proud Filipino. It’s great to watch him live, a genuinely exquisite Filipino talent.
More photos HERE.
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