JK has a taste in music not all kids his age appreciate. He’s into jazz and more mellow genres that most adults listen to. Even his singing has a distinct style that his classmates and teachers immediately noticed. After performing for a number of school programs, his family knew he would make it big. It was his mom’s wish for JK to join The Voice Kids, but she has passed away before she even got the chance to watch him compete. This made JK more determined to get to the final, with his grandmother and uncle by his side. Even if the competition was tough, he knew that his mom was guiding him every single moment. JK's favorite song now is Photographs by Ed Sheeran.
His 3rd place finish opened lots of doors for Juan Karlos – an album with MCA Music, tours, concerts, and an acting stint on television 'Ipaglaban Mo, MMK, Hawak Kamay and Pangako Sayo. The endless possibilities just intensified JK’s dreams to win awards for music and movies, start a modeling career, and of course bag an international record deal; not just for himself, but to help reach out to more people in need, “Dream ko po na makatulong sa mga cancer patients at pumunta sa home for the aged. Gusto ko na mapasaya sila sa aking talento at mag-share po ako ng aking mga blessings sa kanila.” In one of our dinners, he mentioned he went all by himself to Childhaus and visited a cancer kid who has always wanted to meet him ever since he joined The Voice Kids. That was a humbling experience for JK to be able to inspire people and touch their lives by his music.
“Hindi po maipaliwanag ang happiness,” JK has no words to describe this big adventure. He’s just extremely grateful and remembers one of the most important advice Coach Bamboo has given him, “…ang pagiging humble po at pagiging masunurin sa payo,” He’s sure that his mother is proud of what he has achieved so far. At his age, he has everything a young boy could ever ask for. But aside from the material wishes and the accolades, he has one big wish, “Sana may visiting hours ang heaven para pwede ako bumisita sa kanya at ma-hug at ma-kiss ko siya tapos sasabihin ko ‘I love you’.” Sweet. See, you’ll fall in love with Juan Karlos in a heartbeat especially now that his first ever solo album will be available this July 10 in all record bars and music stores nationwide. The album retails at P280 and will have a launch at SM Valenzuela on 11th of July.
Here is the complete tracklist of the album:
01. PARA SA YO
02. THIS GRAVITY
03. THIS SONG IS FOR YOU
04. SUMMER TIME LOVE
05. MAYBE LOVE
06. DI KA MAN LANG NAGPAALAM
07. PARA SA YO - BAND VERSION
08. THIS GRAVITY - ACOUSTIC VERSION
Note: Info sheet was provided by MCA Music with some notes I added. Also, Come back this weekend for another article about Juan Karlos Labajo 'JK" with the link to the full 30-minute exclusive sit-down video interview.