Former teen star Emmanuelle Vera is gearing up to take her spot in the OPM scene.
The 22-year-old Cornerstone talent surprised her fans by revealing a much more daring image on FHM Philippines' February 2017 cover will fellow musician Julz Savard.
In the magazine feature, Emman revealed she will be focusing on her music career but will still continue accepting acting projects.
At the age of 15, Emman debuted in the local entertainment scene via ABS-CBN's musical series titled 1DOL (2010) topbilled by Sarah Geronimo and Coco Martin.
She played the role of Diana, Sarah's main antagonist in the series.
Back then, Emman got her share of bashing from netizens who criticized her performance as a newbie actress in 1DOL.
This didn't dishearten her although she decided to take a break from major TV projects in order to rediscover herself as an artist.
"I really need to take a step back and just figure out who I was musically, like what I was good at, what I wanted to do, who I was, we all have soul-searching moments," Emman told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press at a recent blogcon.
The Kapamilya star continued, "So I had that type of crisis and eventually like, I just found myself as a musician and I hope to release a lot of music this year."
One of her first few singles is titled "Happy" which she wrote when she was 13 years old. Emman went on to release a self-titled album in 2012.
In 2013, she was invited to the blind auditions of The Voice of the Philippines Season 1. She successfully joined Apl.de.ap's team after her performance of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Judy Garland. However, she was eliminated during the Battle Rounds of the competition.
Her biggest break in the music scene came when her cover of "God Gave Me You" became viral.
She recounted, "I think the one that’s seen the most success was my 'God Gave Me You' cover because it was used in an AlDub segment then it kind of went viral. I actually didn’t know it was being used ‘cause I don’t really watch TV and then I saw my Twitter blow up one day and I’m like 'Oh okay! Well, that’s great!'"
Currently, Emman is gearing up for an upcoming album she plans to release this 2017.
"I’ve already written around 4 or 5 that I’m plan on releasing. I’m looking for producers, I’m trying to put together a team so hopefully. Just to retain my creative control over my songs."
This time, the actress/singer decided to release a digital album.
She explained, "I’m not with a label at the moment. I have discussions with two labels and I’m still trying to see if I’d like to sign again or go independent. Nowadays, there’s the Internet. The Internet offers independent artist a good platform."
For her fans waiting for her to release a full-length album, Emman said it might take her some more time, considering the current trend in the local music scene.
"I’m not sure I’m gonna release a full-length album or if I’m just gonna do a singles, just release them one by one. I think that’s a formula nowadays, e. Especially ‘cause people’s attention spans are not very [long] in this microwave generation."
When asked about her inspiration for her new songs, Emman said, "Pretty much anybody ‘cause the way I write songs is I just take a simple experience and I exaggerated, I make it, I blow it up, my feelings, I blow up the details just so I could make a beautiful work of art."
She added, "From love to typical heartbreak to I don’t know, personal experiences, stories, just trying to convey a message, some inspirational stuff as well, personal experiences."
Emman also revealed that her new album will feature R&B tracks. She pointed out that her music is highly influenced by rising Filipino-American singer Kelhani, who is known for performing the song "Gangsta" from the Suicide Squad movie soundtrack.
"I like to liken myself to Kehlani, she’s a new, rising artist in the U.S., and what she does is she incorporates like the Rihanna sound and the Ariana Grande so it’s R&B-pop, it’s nothing too, like, strictly R&B or too strictly pop, but something that will suit a bunch of our earbuds."