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Meet the First Independent Filipina Artist Who Made it to the Times Square Billboard – Red Tan

Sometimes beautiful things are born out of personal tragedy – this is what happened to Red Tan. After losing her husband, the singer decided to chase her dreams and become a full-time artist. She was first discovered by Chris Grayston, the producer of Open Mic UK contest, in which the singer took part after winning Bronze medals at the World Championships of Performing Arts in LA.

Red Tan is the first pure Filipina independent artist who with her talent and passion, was featured on a billboard in Times Square. “I’m a full-blooded Filipina. I was born and raised in a humble town in Manila and my parents are from Southern Leyte and Agusan del Norte Philippines. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that one day my music could go international and would be in the world’s famous advertising spot.” Red Tan points out in her interview.

Red Tan

Despite a trendy electronic sound common for her music, an attentive listener will be able to recognize Red Tan’s Asian roots – it’s like she exhibits the same unguided vigor and enchanting feast that K-pop artists often share. For only Red Tan is from Philippines – and she is ready to bring P-pop to the mainstream music.

Red Tan has already released a number of songs from her upcoming EP, including “Don’t You Dare”, “Don’t Let Go”, “Be There For You” and the latest is “Toxic”. She wrote her first single “Don’t You Dare” in a small Airbnb apartment in Southampton, UK and recorded it together with a sound producer Luke Adams at River Studios in the same town. Her music, in general, is a callback to Lady Gaga’s dance-pop era, albeit wrapped in more current sound and accompanied with rounder vocal arrangements.

The singer’s music video which was directed by Loraa White and her new release, “Toxic” which supports Women’s Aid UK were both featured on five boards in Times Square. This is a good reminder how pop music remains one of the greatest platforms to tackle social issues and spread the word to the public. The music industry is a challenging and dynamic arena, and with cut-throat competition, only the best can survive. But despite all the challenges, Red Tan has made a place for herself in this constantly evolving environment with her addictive and soulful music.

Listen to the song here:



Red Tan


Daniel Storey
Daniel Storey
Daniel Storey is business editor at British Journal. Previously he was the Independent's chief leader writer and worked in national newspapers for ten years, as a general news reporter and science correspondent, before specialising in economics. Daniel has broken a number of exclusive stories and interviewed senior figures including the Prime Minister and leader of the opposition.

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