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Eamarie Gilayo and her love for music

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A NUMBER of people believe that music is the window to the soul. This means that if you want to know how people feel, you could get hint by listening to the kind of songs they sing or play.

There could be truth to this. A singer-composer from Davao admitted about expressing her emotions through her music.

According to Eamarie Gilayo, the artist behind the Himig Handog entry “Ikaw at Linggo,” the best time to compose new songs is when she is feeling down.

“Personally, it’s when I am sad, or with all these negative emotions. I treat writing as an outlet of these. Once it’s all over, at least I got a song out of it,” she shared.

These days, though, she makes sure that she comes up with at least one song each month. Of course, this does mean anymore that she has to feel deep sadness to achieve this goal. Eamarie, as a rising singer-composer, now has every reason to regularly offer a fresh track to her followers.

“Sometimes I can write four in a month, sometimes none at all. But recently, I discovered that my Spotify audience is slowly getting bigger so I am pushing myself to finish at least one song a month so that I have a handful to choose from when I decide to release a new material,” she said.

As young as three years old, Eamarie was already showing her love for music. Thus, her music journey is a dream that is taking shape already.

“I learned how to read via the lyrics in the karaoke channel (haha!). I grew up in a very musical family, too. My parents liked to sing (and sang a lot videoke), grandma sings really good. I recall trying to mimic her vibratos as a child after observing her do it while singing my baby brother to sleep), and my grandpa can play almost every instrument. I grew up with music and it has been there with me ever since I can remember,” she revealed.

Aside from her Himig Handog entry, Eamarie also has other original compositions. Three of her other originals are on Spotify: “Lunatic,” “Maria Clara” and her Philpop 2018 semi-finalist entry entitled “Away, Wa’y Buwagay”, which was a collaboration with Jovit Leonerio and interpreted by Medyo Maldito and Winset Jacot.

“I have so much unreleased material as well,” she said.

Eamarie assured everyone who believes in her and her talent that she will continue writing and singing. She will likewise continue working with her local organizations, Mindanao Music and MinPop.

When asked for her message to the aspiring singers, Eamarie had this to say: “If singing, songwriting or making music is what makes them happy, then they must develop a strong heart and mind to not quit even if there are times that they feel nothing’s happening. I tell you, your big break will come if you are consistent and persistent.”

Good luck, Eams! Thank you for making us all proud!

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