Now that the competition is over, the Tawag ng Tanghalan (TNT) singers are taking the next big step to launch their respective music careers: joining a record label. While that may sound challenging, the talented alumni of the revived amateur singing competition do not need to look far from home.
For the first time ever in OPM history, a singing competition is paving the way for the creation of a record label—TNT Records. “Ito ‘yung contribution namin sa Original Pinoy Music (OPM),” says Peter Dizon, TNT Records head and Tawag ng Tanghalan executive producer. “This is a good opportunity for us para makabuo tayo ng music na makakapagpayaman pa ng OPM.”
The record label—officially launched last July 12 at the ELJ Communications Center—intends to create a platform where the singers can hone their talent and showcase their musicality.
Joining this ABS-CBN and Star Music sub-label are worldwide sensation TNT Boys (Kiefer Sanchez, Mackie Empuerto, and Francis Concepcion), Season 2 Grand Winner Janine Berdin, folk-rock mover Ato Arman, powerhouse performer Eumee, songsmith Froilan Canlas, ballad prince Anton Antenorcruz, all-out teen diva Arabelle Dela Cruz, spectacular performer Reggie Tortugo, inday wonder Sheena Belarmino, and Mr. Rhythm Steven Paysu.
With a record label comes the opportunity to make music and to receive mentorship from OPM’s best such as Star Music head Roxy Liquigan and Star Music audio content head Jonathan Manalo. So far, the debut singles of power performer Eumee and Season 2 Grand Champion Janine Berdin are now out. Sam Mangubat, Marielle Montellano, and Noven Belleza has also promoted their own songs as part of the Star Music family.
On what’s next for all the TNT singers, Peter says solo concerts and single releases are in the works. “’Yung concerts ay magsisimula sa TNT Boys. And then some of them, gagawa na ng singles nila with TNT Records.”
The TNT Boys will also participate in a competition this coming October. While there are no further details yet, Peter shares it’s worth anticipating.
Janine Berdin says it’s a dream come true to be fully supported by a record label. “Ang gusto ko lang po kasi talaga noon ay kumanta sa stage tapos ngayon nandito na ko, katabi ko na ’yung mga dating hinahangaan ko na para kaming isang pamilya,” she says. “Malaking pasasalamat po sa lahat ng taong nagparating sa akin kung nasaan man ako ngayon.”
Joining a record label—and everything that comes with it—can be overwhelming and daunting. But beginnings are the most important part of propelling talents to OPM heights. It’s a task that TNT Records and their artists could well accomplish.