Formerly known as the "Random Girl" on YouTube, Zendee Rose Tenerefe is gaining a name for herself in the music scene.
She recently launched her debut album titled I Believe, released under Warner Music Philippines.
However, Zendee’s growing popularity comes with a price: intrigues.
The girl from General Santos City defends herself against negative rumors about her.
"Hindi naman po ako nagbabago," said Zendee during her April 30 album launch held at Chef & Brewer Café in Ortigas. She reacted to reports saying that she has become "mayabang" because of fame.
She points out: "Para sa akin, hindi ako yumabang. Wala akong ginagawang masama, wala akong tinatapakang tao. Gusto ko lang makapag-inspire ng tao."
Part of being mature in her chosen career is being aware that in this industry, she cannot please everybody.
There have been negative reports about Zendee because she allegedly did not show up to tape an episode of Manny Many Prizes.
In response to this allegation, Zendee clarified that she and her management team talked with the staff of the GMA-7 show beforehand to tell them that she could not go to the taping. She admits, "Nalungkot po ako na ganon po yung naging labas, na parang hindi ako sumipot kasi in the first place, alam naman po nila na may press con ako that day."
Despite the negative feedback about her, Zendee is optimistic that she will be able to fulfill her dreams of making it big in the music scene.
When asked if she has plans of signing a contract with any TV network, the 21-year-old singer said that she prefers to be a freelancer for now.
CONCERT WITH JASON MRAZ. Zendee did not hide her excitement for her upcoming gig as the special guest of Jason Mraz during his concert in the Philippines. The said concert will take place on May 14 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Zendee is expected to perform 5 songs from her new album and a duet performance with Jason as they sing the hit song "Lucky."
Like all artists, the young singer also dreams of having her own concert but wants to do it differently by paying it forward.
She reveals: "Kung ako man po ang magkaka-concert, hindi po ako pipili ng sikat. ‘Yon pong mga naturuan ko sa GenSan, kasi nagtuturo po ako. Marami pong magagaling na singer sa GenSan at gusto ko, kahit dalawa o isa sa kanila makapag-guest sa concert ko."
For now, her attention is now focused on her album, which is why there is no schedule yet for her first solo concert. Besides, she already has the chance to perform in a concert with an international artist and for Zendee, that is already a huge achievement.
Zendee looks forward to making more albums in the future.
"Ikakatuwa ko po talaga ‘pag naging parte kayo sa pagkamit ko ng pangarap ko na maging success ‘tong album ko. Sana suportahan niyo po talaga," says Zendee about her 9-track album.
I Believe contains six original compositions and some cover songs such as "Go The Distance."
Zendee says that "Go The Distance"aptly describes her journey as a singer since it has lyrics that go: "I have often dreamed, of a far off place / Where a hero's welcome, would be waiting for me / Where the crowds will cheer, when they see my face / And a voice keeps saying, this is where I'm meant to be."
The title track "I Believe" is an inspirational love song with only Zendee's vocals accompanied by a piano track.
With regards to the title of her album, Zendee points out: "May plano sa ’kin si God, alam ko. Kaya nga yung chorus ng song, ‘I believe that you will find me. From the start, we’re meant to be.’ Hindi siya yung parang pag-ibig, ha. Pero ako, iniisip ko siya dun sa time. Dun sa part na ganon, yung ngayon ayaw sa ’kin pero alam ko yung pangarap ko, ako ang hahanapin niya."
Zendee also announced that she will be soon be releasing her second single titled "The Ones You Love"written by famed hit-maker, Dianne Warren.