Pinoy Big Brother: 737 Teens runner-up Ylona Garcia is now making her mark on the OPM scene via her debut album My Name Is Ylona.
Her album was made available first and exclusively on the music streaming app Spotify last Friday, July 29.
Ylona's album is composed of nine tracks that are mostly pop, love, and inspirational youth songs.
The 14-year-old singer collaborated with other OPM singers including Jamie Rivera and Marion Aunor who composed some of the tracks in her album under Star Records.
Ylona also composed four songs for her album, including the prelude "My Name Is Ylona," "Don't Say Goodbye," "Win The Fight," and "Each Day."
The other songs on her album are "Not Yo Bae," "Fly Tonight," "Stop The Bully," "Stop Think," and "Dahan Dahan Dahan Lang."
In an interview with Mata Ng Agila on Net25, the young singer expressed her gratitude for having the opportunity to showcase her talent and release an album.
She said, "It's really a dream come true and it's a great opportunity to have especially at this age. Not everyone gets this opportunity so yeah, it's going to be amazing. It's going to be 'Ylonatastic!'"
Watch her peformance of her song "Dahan Dahan Dahan Lang":
Ylona was also chosen to lead Spotify's featured artist for the campaign called "Spotlight." She is joined by OPM band The Ransom Collective and international artists Charlie Puth, Zara Larson, and K-pop singer DEAN.
It is interesting to note that Charlie is scheduled to perform in the Philippines this month.
(Read: Charlie Puth, singer behind 'One Call Away,' will hold Manila concert on August 14)
Spotify's Managing Director for Asia Sunita Kaur explained more about "Spotlight" in an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the presscon held last July 27.
The lady executive said, "Spotlight is when Spotify gets deeper into the music scene and really starts to work with artists and highlight all the amazing musical talent and history that you have here in the Philippines."
When asked about the qualities they look for on choosing which artist to feature, Sunita disclosed they look into their own data and consider promising talents to promote the local music scene.
Sunita told PEP, "The first place we go will be the data so, we look at the data and we kinda see who's kind of bubbling under may be in the indie scene or the underground scene that wants to go a bit bigger.
"Then we really take the lead from the artist and the label about how they want the artist positioned; how far they want the artist to go whether local or regional or global; and it also helps if the artist has a new single, a new album to drop like what we have with Ylona. That makes it easy to them to move forward."
Listen to Ylona's debut album through this link.